NABOKV-L post 0014138, Tue, 21 Nov 2006 22:11:47 -0200

Re: R: [NABOKV-L] abstruse commentaries, Ovid and Ardors
Peter Dale was kind enough to note that "it's not quite appropriate to expatiate on this aspect in this forum. But the line is 'parva vehatur equo' Ars Amatoria Liber 3.777. If you are curious the relevant commentaries on that magnificent poem will fill in the picture."

Thank you, Peter, please forward the commentaries in case they'll not require any special verbal skills from me ( I only wondered if Ovid's Ars Amatoria was mainly addressed to a specific gender.)

Still treading on delicate ground I would like to ask you about the meaning of the word "ardor", in the sense Kinbote employed it in Pale Fire ( euphemisms are welcome). I'm curious to learn if the title "Ada, or Ardor" bears the same substantive sense of "ardor":

"Gradus was also unaware that the ombrioles Lavender collected (and I am sure Joe will not resent this indiscretion) combined exquisite beauty with highly indecent subject matter - nudities blending with fig trees, oversize ardors, softly shaded hindercheeks, and also a dapple of female charms."

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