NABOKV-L post 0019145, Tue, 19 Jan 2010 08:41:32 -0200

Re: THOUGHTS re the Great Beaver]
Dear List,

The subject "beaver-beard" and Huxley's Antic Hay has been amply discussed in the List in July/August 2008. Daryl Schade's contribution is new! [...beaver is also used (in Shakespeare, Hamlet) as another name for the retractable visor which can be raised or lowered to protect the face in face when the visor/mask is down and the real face hidden behind.].
There is a small note on the subject which shall appear in the next issue of "The Nabokovian", connected to beaver and "Castor" (namely, Rameau's "Castor and Pollux").

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From: Anthony Stadlen
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 12:52 AM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] THOUGHTS re the Great Beaver]

"Beaver" obsolete? It was alive and much used in Aldous Huxley's "Antic Hay", in the 1920s. Its antihero Gumbril acquires a beard, and attracts the appellation Beaver.

Anthony Stadlen

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