The aspidistra appears to have been a symbol of (lower-)middle-class English respectability. George Orwell wrote a depressing novel (in 1936 -- a depressing year) called _Keep the Aspidistra Flying_, about a poet who sells out to become an advertising copywriter, but that's O.K., because now he can afford to get his wife pregnant. I summarized its plot in the following song, to be sung like an American football song:
Keep the aspidistra flying!
Fight fight middle class!
Rob your brother! Sell your sister!
Up up up your aspidistra!
You can make a life of lying --
You'll be glad you did!
Aspidistra! How we've missed yer!
Time to have a kid!
--- Joe Fineman firstname.lastname@example.org
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