NABOKV-L post 0014058, Tue, 14 Nov 2006 11:19:54 -0500

Re: VN's comments on PF
When you say you 'do not know how to account' etc., you mean that
this is further evidence against the multiple personality theory? If
so, I agree. Multiple personalities take a lot of the fun out of a
very fun reading experience. Of course, it could be argued that the
multiple personality syndrome is characterized by exactly this
ability to encapsulate the diff. personas.

A problem I've always had is with the figure of Gradus. If Kinbote
is insane, then who is this fellow? If Gradus is a real assasin,
then it follows that Kinbote isn't insane and IS the exiled king. No?

On Nov 13, 2006, at 4:28 PM, Anthony Stadlen wrote:

> On yet another hand, I still do not know how to account even for
> such a central feature as Kinbote's having a "Zemblan translation
> of Timon of Athens" and referring unseeingly to the exact passage
> from which Shade, in the English original, gets his title.
> It would be nice to be able to see this as "perfectly
> straightforward" and "joll[y]".


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