Tim Henderson: Anybody have a copy of Bend Sinister handy? There's a poem I wanted to quote -- I remember it as some version of the Shakespeare Timon of Athens passage from which the title of Pale Fire is drawn -- "The moon is an arrant thief" -- but different. Can someone help me? Thanks!
JM: I have a copy handy, but I fear this is not all that is needed to find the quote. There's a lot on Ophelia, Hamlet, Fortinbras which I could discern, not Timon of Athens, though.
I tried to follow VN's hint in his Foreword but I'm not informed enough to identify most of his allusions. What I read in Ch.3,  was: "The unfinished translation of his favourite lines in Shakespeare's greatest play    
follow the perttaunt jauncing 'neath the rack
with her pale skeins-mate

crept up tentatively but it would not scan because in his native tongue 'rack' was anapaestic. Like pulling a grand piano through a door. Take it to pieces
..."
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