Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015983, Thu, 14 Feb 2008 09:25:11 -0500

Re: Sutton
I have several times tried to piece together this Sutton information, which
you have nicely delineated. I also agree with JF that the names are likely
Sutcliff and Clifton. But I'm puzzled by your conclusion here:

"I conclude the other is a psychiatrist, called in to help Hazel and never
mentioned by Shade."

Kinbote says in 230 that because the Shade's disliked "modern
voodoo-psychiatry" they "could not do much about" the situation. This
suggests to me that John & Sybil did not consult a psychiatrist at all;
therefore, psychiatry could not have been Dr. Sutton's field. Or are you
saying that because Sutton was "old-fashioned," he may not have been a
"modern, voodoo" psychiatrist but instead a more reliable sort?


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