NABOKV-L post 0007264, Fri, 13 Dec 2002 09:46:48 -0800

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Re: Dmitri Nabokv replies re riddle
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Nabokov" <cangrande@bluewin.ch>
To: "'thomas tomorrow'" <thomas_tomorrow@hotmail.com>
Cc: <chtodel@cox.net>

Dear Tom,
The answer to the riddle is not "I." It is "cares," the inversion of
which became common between us because of my mountain climbing.

Cordially,

DN
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-----Message d'origine-----
De : thomas tomorrow [mailto:thomas_tomorrow@hotmail.com]
Envoyé : jeudi, 12. décembre 2002 17:39
À : chtodel@cox.net; cangrande@bluewin.ch
Objet : riddle solved


Don, Dmitri,

Sorry to be back so soon, but it's clearly OBVIOUS that Nabokov was
influenced by Gurdjieff's writings (at least in writing Pale Fire). The
answer to the riddle is "I." Note how Shade creates his magical inner
world by dissolving his "I" into multiple characters. One of Gurdjieff's
main
concepts is that we use the term "I" all the time but do not deserve
this usage because we are not awakened.

Regards,
TT

A RIDDLE


A word there is of plural number,

An enemy of peaceful slumber*;

Now if you add an s to this - -

O magic metamorphosis:

plural is plural now no more,

And sweet what bitter was before.



* And if read backward, it may cause
The cautious mountaineer to pause.







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