Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005306, Sat, 8 Jul 2000 16:51:36 -0700

Re: What was Gordon wearing? (fwd)
From: TENTENDER@aol.com

Re note to line 408

> The note seems to involve a superposition of sex and death.

Mr. Glass seems to have gotten it right, although the superposition would
seem to be (not surprisingly, given the famous -- and one notes, recently
uncontested -- VN negative attitude toward homosexuality) between not sex but
homosexuality and death.

There is one (possibly merely metaphorical) costume change for Gordon in this
note, not noted by Mr. Glass, for between the loincloth and the black bathing
suit, "the graceful boy" is found "wreathed about the loins with ivy."

Christopher Berg