Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005169, Sun, 11 Jun 2000 11:03:01 -0700

Re: Audrey Young/Ada (fwd)
From: Camille Scaysbrook <verona_beach@hotpop.com>

>From: Mary Bellino <iambe@javanet.com>
>The "shadow of Ada's elbow, as Van kindly maintained" must really be her
breast, mustn't it? >Otherwise the appended phrase is meaningless. But
certainly it's possible that Nabokov got the idea >from Wilder, and went
him one better.

Not necessarily. I always assumed that Van was being kind about the fact
that anybody's elbow looks pretty much like anyone else's, and he was
attempting to prop up his spirits by confirming it was Ada's and she
definitely `appeared', when it could in fact have been anybody's.

Camille Scaysbrook