NABOKV-L post 0023104, Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:07:20 -0700

Re: Pale Fire Commentary on Line 130]
On Jul 24, 2012, at 12:49 AM, Barrie Akin wrote: As for the 'razors'
comment - can I mention that the safety razor was introduced early in
the twentieth century, so Housman could have used one. And Mr Gillette
was "King C Gillette" (the 'C' standing for 'Camp'). Make of that
what you will! Barrie Akin

Dear Barrie,

'Camp'? Could relate to those two - mentors? tutors?. Ever since I
discovered several camellias at the Huntington Gardens named after
Gillette I have been intrigued to know more. I haven't had a chance to
study your Hardy trouvailles, but am very interested and will try to
catch up today. Hardy meant little to me when I noticed the Eberthella/
Ethelberta reference, but I have come to love him very much.

The razor blade -- zhiletka po-russky, deriving from Gillette -- plays
an important role in Shade's cerebral stroke(s) or course in my
reading of Pale Fire.


p.s. Congs for garnering such positive reactions from the usually more
reticent List members - I have to admit to a soupcon de jalousie!

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