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Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 4:36 AM
Subject: rainbows in ADA and in nature
I was finishing my long account of rainbows in ADA
late at night (well after 3 a. m.) the day before yesterday, so no wonder that
my tired brain has suggested some fantastic colors for a natural rainbow. If I'm
not mistaken again, violet, dark blue and blue are usually beyond our
visual perception in a rainbow, only the rest of the prismatic spectrum
being visible (still, I'm not quite sure about violet that sometimes can be
seen, I think, against the background of a somber thundercloud, gently bordering
green... not sure about it).
Nevertheless, I think that this curious slip of my
visual memory doesn't undermine my rainbow theory completely. "The prism of his
[Van's] mind" is another evidence that there can be here, at the end of the
first chapter, if not the accomplished rainbow, then a kind of "chromatic
scale" of colored allusions.
Note also that the name of Van's last secretary, who
types out ADA for him, Violet Knox, can be interpreted as "the violet night". It
is probably even darker than the "dark blue night" of Sluchevski (for those, who
still doubts that there is a reference to Sluchevski here, I remind that the
attic scene in ADA is a parody of a similar scene in the beginning of
Sluchevski's narrative long poem Larchik, "A Little Casket". For many
other allusions to Sluchevski in ADA, see my VN Symposium paper soon to appear
on the VN Museum Web site).