The flower...

Did anyone else the opening scene, where he gets beat up by the kids who stole his we see Arthur lying on his side, on the street/alley, and as the camera is pulling back, the red flower on his costume lapel leaks water out and onto the street...but, there is no discernable activation of the "bulb" that is usually associated with the "squirting flower" gag.

Again, it's not a squirt either...rather, it's a slow steady stream, like the blood of life leaving a living thing.

So, I'm wondering if that was some sort of symbolism for something a clown usually does and gets a laugh for...but, in Arthur's clown world, it's just a dribble of something that *could* have been funny...but, since Arthur is such a sad character, it's's sad.