NABOKV-L post 0014643, Mon, 15 Jan 2007 11:24:07 +0100

Re: more on Amorandola
more on AmorandolaDear Carolyn,

Here it is:

True, some paces ahead, on the embankment, three
or four, possibly uniformed, men, smoking two or three
glowing cigarettes, relaxed on a bench while a seven-
stringed amorandola was being discreetly, romantically
thumbed in the dark, but they did not challenge Krug
and his delightful companion, nor indeed pay any attention
to them as the two passed.

Bend Sinister (McGraw-Hill, 1973), p. 21. Last paragraph of Chapter 2.

A. Bouazza.
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Sent: 13 January 2007 17:07
Subject: [NABOKV-L] more on Amorandola

amorandola (amorální mandolína)

Dear A Bouazza,

I "hear" two possibilities here - - 'morous mandolin' and 'amoral
mandolin'. Perhaps both.*

The viola d'amore (I had the pleasure of hearing a duet of viole d'amore
years ago) is distinguished by two sets of strings, one to be played, the
other to vibrate sympathetically.

Can you, or anyone else, give me the context in Bend Sinister? I was able
to find mention of it in the author's introduction, but not the context in
the novel itself.


* W C Fields in an early silent film has a bass fiddle and cello left in a
corner to their own devices for a while producing a little fiddle ... The
bass gets a scolding and is kicked out of the house.
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