NABOKV-L post 0015753, Sun, 2 Dec 2007 13:30:17 -0800

Dear Alexey,

Couldn't this be among the several references in Ada to the ancient
near east? Armina, Van, Eden, Ararat ("Arrowroot"), and that odd
shaped lake? I have no idea what it all adds up to, perhaps you have
a suggestion?


On Dec 1, 2007, at 4:34 PM, Alexey Sklyarenko wrote:

> Dear all,
> I just received the latest Nabokovian and read with interest Matt
> Brillinger's piece "Hippopotamians in Ardis." I didn't quite
> understand what MB meant by the "archetypal river," but he seems to
> have missed the fact that Hippo is the name of a river. Moreover,
> this river is mentioned in ADA: "Such a drought affected Hippo in
> the most productive months of Augustine's bishopric that clepsydras
> had to be replaced by sandglasses" (Part Four, "Texture of Time").
> So the Mesopotamians/Hippopotamians word-play proves even more
> complex than most readers of Ada would take it to be. I wonder if
> another African river, Limpopo, could be involved in it?
> Or may be I should add yet another anagram to my "charadoid:"
> best,
> Alexey Sklyarenko
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