Child’s play

What was the significance of the paper narcissus?

I have this question because I wonder if the author was making a connection between the narcissus and Midori. I wonder if the author wrote about the paper narcissus to show the reader of the relation of a paper narcissus, which is described as “perfect… yet sad in its crisp, solitary state” and Midori, who was seen as a “delightful, saucy child” and the loss of her wanting to play. Could Midori have had an interest in it because it is a metaphor for how the rest of the people see Midori now? How some see Midori as a beauty who is now lifeless, Midori sees the flower as beautiful, yet lifeless as well. I wonder if the author was trying to convey this in his piece.

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