Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0022028, Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:15:03 +0300

Dr Froit of Signy-Mondieu-Mondieu
More allusions to Ilf and Petrov's "The Golden Calf" in chapter 3, Part One, of Ada:

Aqua's last doctor, Sig Heiler, is said to be an agent or double of Dr Froit of Signy-Mondieu-Mondieu. In "The Golden Calf" (chapter VIII: “Crisis of the Genre”) Ostap Bender tells Khvorobiev that he happened to treat people using Freudian method and, in a conversation with his landlord, Vasisualiy Lokhankin, Bender uses the phrase "mon Dieu" and then repeats it in German: "mein Gott" (chapter XV: “Antlers and Hooves;" see in Zembla my article on the leporine family of doctors in Ada).

Alexey Sklyarenko

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