Describing the debauch á trois with Ada snd Lucette after the dinner in ‘Ursus,’ Van Veen (the narrator and main character in VN’s novel Ada, 1969) mentions a Casanovanic situation and calls Casanova a double-wencher:
Discussing the shooting script based on Mlle Larivière’s novel Les Enfants Maudits (“The Accursed Children”), Marina (in VN’s novel Ada, 1969, Van’s, Ada’s and Lucette’s mother) puzzles over a love scene where the young chatelaine’s ‘radiant beauty’ is mentioned and asks what ‘radiant beauty’ means:
In his Commentary to Shade’s poem Kinbote (in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962, Shade’s mad commentator who imagines that he is Charles the Beloved, the last self-exiled king of Zembla) mentions the New York magazine The Beau and the Butterfly in which Shade’s short poem "The Nature of Electricity" appeared after the author’s death:
At the family dinner in “Ardis the Second” Demon Veen (in VN’s novel Ada, 1969, Van’s and Ada’s father) tells Marina (Van’s, Ada’s and Lucette’s mother) ‘vous me comblez’ (you overwhelm me with kindness):
‘Ah!’ said Demon, tasting Lord Byron’s Hock. ‘This redeems Our Lady’s Tears.’
Before the family dinner in “Ardis the Second” Demon Veen (in VN’s novel Ada, 1969, Van’s and Ada’s father) tells Ada that Dr Pearlman (the family dentist) has married his receptionist and mentions Ada’s pumps na bosu nogu (on bare feet):
Here Ada herself came running into the room. Yes-yes-yes-yes, here I come. Beaming!