NABOKV-L post 0008903, Wed, 12 Nov 2003 20:43:55 -0800

Query: Yolande Kickshaw?
EDQUERY: For those of you with nothing better to do, who is ADA's Yolande Kickshaw? The correct answer will assure you immortality in a footnote. It looks like (but may not be) an anagram.

Van jokingly suggests to Ada that should he be the first to die, she might marry his attractive secretary Violet Knox. Ada replies:

'Thank you. J'ai tâté de deux tribades dans ma vie, ça suffit. Dear Emile says "terme qu'on évite d'employer." How right he is!'

'If not Violet, then a local Gauguin girl. Or Yolande Kickshaw.' "(V-6, p. 584).