Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016284, Tue, 29 Apr 2008 09:17:31 EDT

Re: SIGNS: why "deranged in his mind"

In a message dated 29/04/2008 14:08:55 GMT Standard Time,

I ‘m guessing maybe “incurably deranged in his mind” is what the poor
parents were told, layman’s language from the authorities that be.

I think Don is surely right here. We don't have to take it the the narrator
necessarily agrees.

VN said readers should be alerted to the acrostics in the last paragraph of
"The Vane Sisters" by a "change of style". Does the "Signs and Symbols"
narrator change style. There seem some hints in the comments people have been
making on the first few paragraphs that perhaps he or she does, perhaps to adapt
to the person whose viewpoint is, implicitly or explicitly, being reported.
Is there a change of style that reveals the "inside" story, as in "The Vane

Anthony Stadlen

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