Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027498, Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:04:14 -0700

Re: [a tall white fountain] ( mountain ) in [Pale Fire] -- and
Mary Ross>>> Although Nabokov has stated that he didn't care for
anything "oriental", this is a clear description of kundalini <<<

[ Everything (all life) is interconnected ] is (also)
a central teaching of Buddhism.

I forgot to mention that [fountain] and [mountain] are clearly sexual
in Shakespeare.


Patly I fell. My heart had stopped to beat,
It seems, and several moments passed before
It heaved and went on trudging to a more
Conclusive destination. Give me now
Your full attention.
I can't tell you how I knew--but Idid know that I had crossed
The border. Everything I loved was lost
But no aorta could report regret. <---------- like, [could not
respond (with regrets) to an
R.S.V.P.] ?

( I'm tempted to start a wacky annotation, e.g.,
claiming that [aorta] is linked here with [aorist]. )

[Give me now Your full attention.] --- I hear this in VN's voice,
and i don't know why he's telling us this.

[Give me now Your full attention.] surprised me,
because this is straight out of EO (Onegin).

Johnston's I.29 is closer to it than VN's or Arndt's :


In days of carefree aspirations,
the ballroom drove me off my head:
the safest place for declarations,
and where most surely notes are sped.
You husbands, deeply I respect you!
I'm at your service to protect you;
now pay attention, I beseech, <--------------------------
and take due warning from my speech.
You too, mamas, I pray attend it,
and watch your daughters closer yet,
yes, focus on them your lorgnette,
or else... or else, may God forfend it!
I only write like this, you know,
since I stopped sinning years ago.

On 9/1/17, Hen Hanna <henhanna@gmail.com> wrote:
> [Pale Fire] Lines 703 -- 707 from Canto Three:
> And blood-black nothingness began to spin
> A system of cells interlinked within
> Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
> Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct
> Against the dark, a tall white fountain played.
> Lines 704-707: A system, etc.
> The fitting-in of the threefold “cells interlinked” is
> most skillfully managed, and one derives logical satisfaction
> from the “system” and “stem” interplay.
> I'd be grateful if anyone could comment on these lines and
> the commentary
> ( Not necessarily related to what I'm going to write below. )

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