NABOKV-L post 0024105, Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:15:51 -0700

Re: Minor points: Surnames and name days
Dear Jansy and Abdel,

And let's not forget, sincePF is in the mix these days, what happened to poor
John Shade on his birthday (13th?).


From: Jansy <jansy@AETERN.US>
Sent: Mon, April 29, 2013 10:56:15 AM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Minor points: Surnames and name days

Jansy Mello: inspite of innumerous inspired angles and photography, or the play
inside the play blending fictional reality and its representation, I disliked
enormously the recent production of Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright. The
real world of a novelist, at least its intelligibility, gains consistency by
details (caress them) and I missed them all, inspite of all the luxurious lamps
and trinkets.
Jerry Katsell: Perhaps Nabokov, who was capable of uninhibited, uproarious
laughter, would have enjoyed some original details in the Joe Wright directed
Anna Karenina. My favorite moment was during the race scene when Frou Frou,
Vronsky holding on for dear life, crashes into the orchestra pit. J

Jansy Mello: During this episode I kept expecting the farcical race horse scene
from "My Fair Lady." The meaty stumbling Frou Frou filled me with pity.

Abdel Bouazza: The recollection of children playing among other games hide and
seek on Vladimir’s name-day and forgetting about Peter who was still hiding and
therefore missed the picnic he was looking forward to is from VN’s short story
“A Bad Day” (Obida, 1931) included in Details of a Sunset & Other Stories.

Jansy Mello: One added information: a celebration on Vladimir's name-day was
described in his short story "A Bad Day." And, of course, a precise correction
by AB: the scene I had in mind was not included in "Speak,Memory."

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.

Jansy Mello: Why do you suppose that "the little parricide" was John Shade? All
I got was: "I wish to convey, in making this reference to Wordsmith briefer
than the notes on the Goldsworth and Shade houses, the fact that the college
was considerably farther from them than they were from one another. It is
probably the first time that the dull pain of distance is rendered through an
effect of style and that a topographical idea finds its verbal expression in a
series of foreshortened sentences." There are other clues, right? What are
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