Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005012, Sat, 15 Apr 2000 07:58:32 -0700

query: Samuel Johnson in PF
EDITOR's NOTE. There may be more going on but I imagine that it's just to
establish the parallel: Kinbote is to John Shade as Boswell was to Sam
Johnson. Other ideas?

On Fri, 14 April, Melissa Dunne <mrdunne@yahoo.com>

> Hi,
> I was wondering if you could help me on a little
> question. Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson quotes
> Johnson saying: "'But Hodge shan't be shot; no,no,
> Hodge shall not be shot.'" In Nabokov's Pale Fire this
> quote is included. Would you be able to tell me why
> this particular quote was used in Nabokov's novel?
> Thank you very much for your time and for any help you
> can offer me.
> Sincerely,
> Melissa Dunne
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