As promised, the references to "vair eyes":
 
LOLITA:                                          Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze.

Hair: brown. Lips: scarlet.

Age: five thousand three hundred days.

Profession: none, or "starlet."

.............................................. 

My Dolly, my folly! Her eyes were vair,

And never closed when I kissed her.

Know an old perfume called Soleil Vert?

Are you from Paris, mister?

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Her dream-gray gaze never flinches.

Ninety pounds is all she weighs

With a height of sixty inches.

 

PNIN:

Margaret Thayer...said that she imagined Cinderella's glass shoes to be exactly of that greenish blue tint; whereupon Professor Pain remarked that...Cendrillon's shoes were not made of glass but of Russian squirrel fur vair, in French. It was, he said, an obvious case of the survival of the fittest among words, verre being more evocative than vair which, he submitted, came not from varius, variegated, but from veveritsa, Slavic for a certain beautiful, pale, winter-squirrel fur, having a bluish, or better say sizy, columbine, shade 'from columba, Latin for "pigeon ", as somebody here well knows so you see, Mrs Fire, you were, in general, correct.'...('I always thought "columbine" was some sort of flower,' said Thomas to Betty, who lightly acquiesced.)

SHORT-STORIES:  The Thunderstom: "The courtyard was empty, except for the old, shaggy dog with its graying muzzle that had thrust its head out of the kennel and was looking up, like a person, with frightened hazel eyes. I looked up too. Elijah had scrambled onto the roof, the iron hoop glimmering behind his back."* 

 

*shaggy dogs are recurrent themes, present in Nursery tale, Lolita, Pale Fire... even in TOoL ( a black bag) ... They apply mainly to Skye-terriers with weeping-willow ears; Cinderella and Cendrillon are also recurrent themes, as are "squuirrel" and "columbine", cf. Ada, RLSK, aso.

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