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From: "Dasa Duhacek" <dasaduh@sezampro.yu>
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Subject: Re: Fw: reply to Mr Grundy re demons of pity


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Dear Ms Kunin, there are other Oxford dictionaries, e.g. C.T. Lewis & C.
Short's Latin Dictionary. You can find a very useful explanation on p.
1976 - versipellis (vorsip-) - that changes its skin; hence, that changes
its shape or form, that alters its appearance... skilled in dissimulation,
sly, cunning, crafy, subtle...

Ranko Mastilovic

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> From: D. Barton Johnson <chtodel@cox.net>
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> > From: "Carolyn Kunin" <chaiselongue@earthlink.net>
> > To: "Vladimir Nabokov Forum" <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 8:43 AM
> > Subject: reply to Mr Grundy re demons of pity
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> > > > From: "Nick Grundy" <nick@bsad.org>
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> > > >> Carolyn Kunin wrote:
> > > >>>
> > > >>> If I may change the emphasis, why do you think he speaks of demons
> of
> > > > our
> > > >> pity? Since we know that Nabokov associates >pity with art, the
> > diabolical
> > > >> association seems strange.
> > > >>
> > > >> The "demons of our pity" are especially strange given Shade's
> assertion
> > to
> > > >> Kinbote that "the password is pity", isn't it?
> > > >>
> > > Dear Mr Grundy,
> > >
> > > Mr Shade is strange. The diabolical is always lurking. His muse is the
> > > Versipel (not even in the OED, but from Latin versi (change, turn) +
pel
> > > (hide). The Red Admiral butterfly that he associates with his love for
> his
> > > wife was at one time considered a symbol of death and damnation. His
> youth
> > > was demented and his life twisted, to use his own words.
> > >
> > > Yes, very strange.
> > >
> > > Carolyn Kunin
> > >
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