Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016433, Thu, 29 May 2008 03:21:18 EDT

Re: VN Sighting: Philip Roth's _Exit Ghost_

In a message dated 28/05/2008 19:35:45 GMT Standard Time, jansy@AETERN.US

A real scientist would search for other numerical references ( twelve,
fourteen, twenty, ninety-two...) but I rest my case without having gone further
than my own "forty winks"... A terrible woman aged forty, or a man? Forty
diamonds, forty lies, forty thieves?

And from "Signs and Symbols":

<< Her husband, who in the old country had been a fairly successful
businessman, was now wholly dependent on his brother Isaac, a real American of almost
forty years standing. They seldom saw him and had nicknamed him " the
Prince." >>

Please forgive my delay in getting back to this List to report after the
seminar of Sunday 11 May. I have had some unexpected and unwelcome distractions.
But I will be back soon, and would like the discussion of "Signs and
Symbols" to resume.

Anthony Stadlen

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