NABOKV-L post 0014076, Thu, 16 Nov 2006 07:56:12 -0800

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Gradus the automatic man
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Carolyn Kunin is not necessarily describing the so-called "MPD": she states
that Shade suffered a stroke that created his delusional state as Kinbote.
This is not MPD. ...



Actually Jansy, I do think that VN had the phenomenon of multiple
personality in mind - - and his use of the word "automatic man" to describe
Gradus is one of the clues. In my reading on multiple personality I found
frequent references to automatic writing and other automatisms such as sleep
walking in the literature on the subject.

The gun Gradus carries, by the way, is also an "automatic."

Carolyn





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