NABOKV-L post 0012132, Fri, 25 Nov 2005 08:55:07 -0800

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Query: peacocks & pigeons...
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EDNOTE. Carolyn's query stems from a quote in Ron Rosembaum's recent OBSERVER
article re LAURA: " Possibly the only written reference by the author was in
a letter eight months before his death. He wrote: “The Original of Laura, the
not quite finished manuscript of a novel which I had begun writing and
reworking before my illness and which was completed in my mind: I must have
gone through it some 50 times and in my diurnal delirium kept reading it aloud
to a small dream audience in a walled garden. My audience consisted of
peacocks, pigeons, my long-dead parents, two cypresses, several young nurses
crouching around, and a family doctor so old as to be almost invisible.”

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Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 06:04:50 -0800
From: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@earthlink.net>
Reply-To: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: peacocks & pigeons...
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum


> My audience consisted of peacocks, pigeons, my long-dead parents, two
cypresses, several young nurses crouching around, and a family doctor so old
as to be almost invisible.



Dear Don,

Has anyone tried to de-cypress this message? Some of the word/images seem
familiar. I just read the other day that Dante's mother dreamed of him as a
peacock, which may not have anything to do with it. The cypresses have
certainly been seen before and that family doctor has a familiar look about
him. But who are those young nurses "crouching around" - - maternal
lionesses? The pigeons have me stumped. Peace symbols?

The name Laura too - - any Dante association there?

I think I smell a - - good grief, what's the word? symbolic images - -
allegory?

Carolyn

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