Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005386, Thu, 13 Jul 2000 21:34:35 -0700

A Little Help on a Passage from "Pnin" (fwd)
*** He is quoting Shakespeare, HAMLET, Act IV, Scene VII (Laertes to the
King): "I know him well; he is the brooch indeed. And gem of all the
nation." GD***

From: Iann88@aol.com

When Laurence Clements hears that Pnin is thinking of renting their
daughter's empty room he says, "Professor Pnin, by God!" cried
Laurence. "'I know him well: he is the brooch---' Well, I flatly refuse to
have that freak in my house."

Who is L. quoting here?

Thanks for the help.

Phil Iannarelli