NABOKV-L post 0005565, Mon, 23 Oct 2000 10:57:16 -0700

Fw: Nabokov , Lewis Carroll and future memories
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From: "Anne Pier Salverda" <>

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Here's an outrageously belated follow-up on Nabokov and future memories:

"I don't understand you," said Alice. "It's dreadfully confusing!"
"That's the effect of living backwards," the Queen said kindly: "it always
makes one a little giddy first --" "Living backwards!" Alice repeated in
great astonishment. "I never heard of such a thing!" "-- but there's one
great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways." "I'm sure MINE
only works one way," Alice remarked. "I can't remember things before they
happen." "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen

(From chapter 5 of "Through the looking-glass" by Lewis Carroll)

I'm sure Nabokov (was) read this before the age of 10.

--Anne Pier Salverda