NABOKV-L post 0014115, Mon, 20 Nov 2006 10:55:29 -0500

Why are the Shades disappointed in Hazel?
[Nick Grundy]
Might lines 127-130 from Pale Fire, as posted by Matthew Roth, suggest
part of the explanation for Shade's disappointment in his daughter is
that she's similar to him?

"Then as now
I walked at my own risk: whipped by the bough,
Tripped by the stump. Asthmatic, lame and fat,
I never bounced a ball or swung a bat."

i.e. unsporting, unattractive, and so on, and so emblematic of his
failure to redeem his own failings through his (only) offspring?


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