Eggplant above and pear below.
Much of court life revolved around ceremonial of the King. Rank among the courtiers determined how much proximity one could expect to the King. Only the highest ranking courtiers could pour his wine at supper, or hand him his slippers in the morning. Even colors were imbued with rank. Purple, a deep dark purple like the almost-black of the eggplant, was the color only a King could wear. Anybody who presented themselves in public with the slightest stitch of purple could expect severe repercussions for such an act of lèse-majesté.