Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027518, Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:18:32 -0700

Re: WIP:“People who live in glass houses should not write poems”
French [glas] is the death knell (omen)

it seems ( T.S.Eliot -- toilets ) mirroring was always on VN's mind.

the original "saw" : .... should not Throw Stones.
young Eliot wrote his name as: T. Sterns ...

Tom is to cut (into 2)
Thomas means "twin"
Throw is a Two-Three blend.

Stern (German "star") is duplicated into Twin Sterns.


"foreigners ought to keep away from old saws."

Eliot and VN were both foreigners - transplants,
who went in opposite (mirroring) directions.

[ought to] and [saws] are pot-top words.

> ____________
> live in glass house
> live in Goldsworth house
> Dun glas Home
> Dun is '(dark), brown' in Old English, Irish, ...
> Old Saxon dun ‎(“brown”‎),
> Old Norse dunna ‎(“female mallard”‎).
> Old Irish donn ‎(“brown”‎).
> Corinthians 13:12: "For now we see through a glass, darkly; ..."
> ____________________________

from Prof. Boyd's book: ([... the magic of artistic discovery])

> And now, unveiled, the Toilet stands display’d,
> [Toilet st] ands
> in the (glass) mirror-image [T.S. Eliot]
(Boyd, p.203) > note T. S. Eliot’s name in reverse in “toilet stood”—

(Boyd, p.281) -- “The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common
sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light
between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man,
as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading
for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour)” (SM, 19).

a brief crack of light ==
1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,

If the 2 boundaries (of the eternities) are identical twins,
then the duplication-reflection occurs at both ends,
and this must be the origin of the 3.

the three-fold interlinking or intertwining.

((( 4.5 (hundred) heartbeats
(rhymed couplets) make 900 lines. )))

> On 9/10/17, Mary Ross <maryross.illustrator@gmail.com> wrote:
>> WIP: "Art, Alchemy, and Failed Transcendence: Jungian Influences in
>> Nabokov's Pale Fire
>> Kinbote’s quip, “People who live in glass houses should not write poems”:
>> of course this doesn’t make sense, as Shade’s reply shows. Or does it?

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