Donna Lodge guest posts at Storyfix. She discusses the value and use of subtext in our stories.
What is subtext? It's what the character doesn't say or what he/she thinks contrary to their outward actions. A red rose can be a gift proclaiming love...or something to make an allergy sufferer miserable. Think about what we used to call a "backhanded compliment," something that appears nice but has an edge to it.