Jansy wrote: Another point that caused me to reconsider Shade's lines and Kinbote's commentary about them, derives from Shade's insistence about seeing Sybil in the guise of a "dark Vanessa", whereas Kinbote elaborated about its flaming red/orange color and how this "individual" butterfly danced as a flame, it flared and vanished, only to reappear before it was dissolved by the growing "shade."

Are you saying that these descriptions are at odds? I don't think so, since Shade too mentions the crimson bars on the dark Vanessa's wings. These flame-like bars draw Kinbote's attention, as well. So the Admirable is both dark & flame-like at the same time, depending upon your focus.

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