NABOKV-L post 0018325, Thu, 14 May 2009 17:30:46 -0300

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Re: THOUGHTS: Nabokov's Van Veen as a distant relative of
Pushkin's Onegin and Lermontov's Pechorin
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Alexey writes: ...I forgot to mention that d'Onsky, the name of a character in ADA, Demon Veen's rival, comes from Don, the river flowing from the Tula province in central Russia to the sea of Azov. Cf. Onegin's donskoy zherebets, a Don stallion, in Pushkin's Eugene Onegin (Chapter Two, V, 4).

JM: My booklet about exotic words explains that the word "rival" is derived from "river" (someone whose land is separated from ours by a river!)

Anyway, are there recent news about OUR Don B.Johnson to calm down worries about Santa Barbara's weather-related problems?

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PS: There are frequent spelling mistakes in my regular postings ( such as 'geografy' ) or misplaced "s". I hope you'll bear with me... Correcting them by additional postings would make matters even worse!

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