NABOKV-L post 0015687, Wed, 21 Nov 2007 11:23:45 -0200

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Re: QUERY: Pappa pisses and Pippa passes - a pale fountain girl:
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R S Gwynn wrote: Shade may have liked apples better in childhood (which he's describing here) than he did as an adult.

JM: Apples are fortresses when one has to wear dentures, but the previous mention of vegetables and salads by Kinbote suggests a different kind of rejection on the part of Shade.
I had never considered until now, with the same clarity as yours, that in the first verses of Canto I JS was already describing his childhood.
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... " And from the inside,too, I´d duplicate/ Myself, my lamp, an apple on a plate:/
...Why would Shade mention an apple right at the start of "Pale Fire", as a part of his familiar surroundings when, later, we find Kinbote writing that: "Shade said that with him it was the other way around: he must make a definite effort to partake of a vegetable. Beginning a salad..., and he had alwaysto brace himself in order to attack the fortress of an apple." ?

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