NABOKV-L post 0024104, Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:13:15 -0700

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Re: Minor points: Surnames and name days
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Have we straightened out the timing disparity? Is there really one? As I have
mentioned, I think it probably that he, the bright little parricide aged seven,
was a matricide -- oh, now I see: the misunderstanding stems from parricide
meaning not patricide, but murderer of a parent or parents, grandparents, too I
should suppose.I too made that boo boo in earlier readings. Check it out.

Carolyn



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From: Jansy <jansy@AETERN.US>
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Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Minor points: Surnames and name days


A correction. I quoted the wrong paragraph while inquiring about the "little
parricide" in PF*, wondering why the lines "...a morocco-bound album in which
the judge had lovingly pasted the life histories and pictures of people he had
sent to prison or condemned to death: ... the close-set merciless eyes of a
homicidal maniac (somewhat resembling, I admit, the late Jacques d’Argus), a
bright little parricide aged seven ('Now, sonny, we want you to tell us —')..."
indicate the young perpretator was John Shade. There must be other clues!

Please, excuse me for such an unfortunate mix up.
Jansy.

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* Jerry Friedman: I didn't remember Carolyn Kunin's suggestion "that John
Shade is the young miscreant that was judged by Judge whatsisname (next-door
neighbor) with the alphabetic daughters, for having offed his parents when he
was but a wee bairn." This runs into problems with the timing. The more
important one, probably, is that Kinbote's statement that the little parricide
was seven (n. 47-48) would contradict his statement that Samuel Shade died in
1902 (n. 71), which is when John was three or four.
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