NABOKV-L post 0018632, Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:46:43 +0400

ADA's Walter C. Keyway, Esq.
It seems to me that, when speaking about ADA's Walter C. Keyway, Esq. (the English tourist who is said to have been knocked out by Baron Klim Avidov for his inappropriate jocular remark) in my posting to Nabokv-l of a year ago or so and in my recent Russian article on Good and Evil (Dobro s kulakami), I somehow forgot to mention Lucette whom Van and Ada lock up in a closet and who watches their love-making through the closet's keyhole (1.34) and, on the other hand, Mme Gritsatsuev ("the sultry woman, a poet's dream," aka "the diamond widow") whom her husband Ostap Bender locks up in a stair-case landing in Ilf and Petrov's "The Twelve Chairs" (chapter XXVIII: "The Pullet and her Pacific Cock"). Herewith I correct this strange lapse.

Alexey Sklyarenko

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