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Hi

Also Lo-lee-ta.

The tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.


All the best,
don stanley

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In Joyce's FW, 111 is a big motif.

I've read that VN too was into [threes].

The best examples (that I can think of) are :

cells, cells, cells in Pale Fire
"Ozero, oblako, bashnya" (...) published in 1937
( three conjoined lakes called Omega, Ozero, and Zero )

FW's 00 and VN's 000


United Kingdom police/ambulance/fire 112 or 999

Non-emergency police - 101;
Non-emergency health issues - 111.

117 is the police emergency telephone number in Switzerland
https://www.ch.ch/en/emergency-numbers-first-aid

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https://kobaltana.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/on-a-sentence-in-nabokovs-signs-symbols/


>>> Man-made objects were to him either hives of evil,
vibrant with a malignant activity that he alone could perceive, or
gross comforts for which no use could be found in the abstract
world. <<<

iv vi vi ivi iv , or oooo oooo

The sentence contains two branching, parallel predicate phrases, the
first affirming meaning (albeit malignant) and the second negating it.

What I noticed about these phrases is that the first contains a series
of “ivâ€\x9d and “viâ€\x9d letter combinations (in fact, fittingly, five of
them).

For its part, the second phrase contains nine uses of the letter “o.â€\x9d
If we read the “vâ€\x9d and “iâ€\x9d as Roman numerals, they add up to six,
Dolinin’s sign for meaning, while the preponderance of the letter “oâ€\x9d
points to the zero (nothingness).

Is it possible that Nabokov planted these numbers in the story’s first
paragraph as a foreshadowing of the larger story’s numerical code?

Or have I succumbed to the “referential maniaâ€\x9d that so afflicts the
unfortunate son?



On 8/16/16, Alexey Sklyarenko <skylark1970@mail.ru> wrote:

> I notice that in the emergency telephone number dialed by Kinbote at least
> twice there are five (not four) figures 1:
>
>
>
> One night the black cat, which a few minutes before I had seen rippling
> down
> into the basement where I had arranged toilet facilities for it in an
> attractive setting, suddenly reappeared on the threshold of the music room,
> in the middle of my insomnia and a Wagner record, arching its back and
> sporting a neck bow of white silk which it could certainly never have put
> on
> all by itself. I telephoned 11111 and a few minutes later was discussing
> possible culprits with a policeman who relished greatly my cherry cordial,
> but whoever had broken in had left no trace. (note to Line 62)
>
>
>
> I then dialed 11111 and returned with a glass of water to the scene of the
> carnage. The poor poet had now been turned over and lay with open dead eyes
> directed up at the sunny evening azure. The armed gardener and the battered
> killer were smoking side by side on the steps. The latter, either because
> he
> was in pain, or because he had decided to play a new role, ignored me as
> completely as if I were a stone king on a stone charger in the Tessera
> Square of Onhava; but the poem was safe. (note to Line 1000)
>
>
>
> It is said that young Gogol's penname 0000 comes from four letters o in his
> name Nikolay Vasilievich Gogol-Yanovski. I suspect that the emergency
> number
> 11111 comes from five letters i in VN's full name: Vladimir Vladimirovich
> Nabokov. Roman numeral I (one) corresponds to Arabic 1. Five ones make V,
> the Roman numeral that corresponds to Arabic 5. On the other hand, Roman
> letter V is the initial of VN's name and patronymic. Like Shade, VN's
> father
> Vladimir Dmitrievich (in whose name and patronymic there are also five
> letters i) was assassinated by a terrorist. The Cyrillic counterpart of
> Roman V looks like Roman B, which is Botkin's initial. Shade's, Kinbote's
> and Gradus' "real" name seems to be Vsevolod Botkin. The number of letters
> in the name Vsevolod Botkin corresponds to the number of lines in a sonnet
> (or in the Eugene Onegin stanza): 14. At the Lyceum Pushkin occupied Room
> No. 14. Kinbote completes his work on Shade's poem and commits suicide on
> Oct. 19, 1959 (the Lyceum anniversary). There is a hope that, after
> Kinbote's suicide, Botkin will be "full" (i. e. one) again.
>
>
> Alexey Sklyarenko
>

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