NABOKV-L post 0014469, Fri, 22 Dec 2006 08:18:14 -0800

Don's waxwing query
To Don from Carolyn,

You sent this to the list on Tue, 30 Apr 1996 14:56:13 -0700
From: Donald Barton Johnson
Subject: _Pale Fire_ puzzles

1. Is "Oswin Bretwit" in *Pale Fire,* whose name Kinbote at one point
glosses as Zemblan for "Chess Intelligence," meant to unscramble as:
"B [i.e., black] writes to win"?
I've puzzled over it before and this is the best I can come up with.

2. The waxwing--which by its range clearly must be the Cedar and not the
Bohemian (so much for central European motifs!) is also an allusion
to Icarus, right?

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