NABOKV-L post 0014522, Thu, 28 Dec 2006 16:25:04 EST

Re: Optics and windows in PF (CHW to JF)

In a message dated 28/12/2006 16:53:20 GMT Standard Time,

I think young John identified with the waxwing and
the shadow paralleling it on the ground--and still with both
as the waxwing died but the shadow lived on in his imagination
(and elsewhere?).

I realize now that mentally I'd always substituted "image" for "shadow" when
thinking about these lines. That is, I'd imagined that it was the reflected
image of the bird that continued to fly on through the glass, while the body
lay dead on the ground outside. My lazy mind was obviously playing tricks on
me: the mirror image of the bird would in any case have been flying in the
opposite direction, ie back out into the air, as it were from inside the room.
From the bird's point of view, it would obviously have crashed straight into
its own self. Perhaps that's what the whole novel is also about, however.

Still feeling slightly dizzy,


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