NABOKV-L post 0007025, Tue, 5 Nov 2002 09:12:54 -0800

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Fw: reply to Mr Grundy re demons of pity
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From: "Carolyn Kunin" <chaiselongue@earthlink.net>
To: "Vladimir Nabokov Forum" <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 8:43 AM
Subject: reply to Mr Grundy re demons of pity


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> > From: "Nick Grundy" <nick@bsad.org>
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> >> Carolyn Kunin wrote:
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> >>> If I may change the emphasis, why do you think he speaks of demons of
> > our
> >> pity? Since we know that Nabokov associates >pity with art, the
diabolical
> >> association seems strange.
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> >> The "demons of our pity" are especially strange given Shade's assertion
to
> >> Kinbote that "the password is pity", isn't it?
> >>
> Dear Mr Grundy,
>
> Mr Shade is strange. The diabolical is always lurking. His muse is the
> Versipel (not even in the OED, but from Latin versi (change, turn) + pel
> (hide). The Red Admiral butterfly that he associates with his love for his
> wife was at one time considered a symbol of death and damnation. His youth
> was demented and his life twisted, to use his own words.
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> Yes, very strange.
>
> Carolyn Kunin
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