Misprints in Pale Fire's Index

Submitted by MARYROSS on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:48

I have noticed a cluster of misprints in Pale Fire’s index. I don’t know if they are accidental or intentional, but since reading James Ramey’s astounding discoveries of purposeful punctuation anomalies in the index (Pale Fire’s Black Crown, Nabokov Online Journal, Vol. VI (2012) pp. 1-17) I have to wonder.



Under Shade, John Francis we find:


“his fear that S might leave before finishing their joint composition, 288

This is actually under “287” – there is no “288”


“his waiting vainly for S on July 15th, 338

This is actually under “334” – there is no “338”


“his walk with S through old Hentzner’s fields and his reconstitution of S’s daughter’s expeditions to the Haunted Barn, 347

This is actually under “334” – there is a 347-48 but it is not about Hentzner or the barn.  It’s about Hazel’s word-twisting.


The only thing I can say about these is that they occur one after the other in a cluster and, although they are under "Shade," the “his” in each refers to Kinbote.  However, that may just be because they follow an entry with K as the subject.  There are no misprints later in the entries employing “his” in relation to K that follow the entry 768 with K as subject.


I have the Knopf Everyman 1992 edition of PF. I would be curious to know if these misprints exist in other versions. -also, if anyone has noticed any other index anomalies.



I just realized there are two "347"s. One is "347" (which is about the barn) and the other is "347-348" (Hazel's word-twisting)

I did coincidently just find another mistake, though: Under "Kinbote" "his disapproval of certain flippant passages in Canto Three, 502". Although I can't recreate it here, there is a superscript "2" after "502"

I have no idea if that means anything, though, or just a typo.

For what it's worth, I've noticed that throughout Pale Fire, abrieviations "Mr." and Mrs." have no punctuation in the Knopf Everman's Library edition.