NABOKV-L post 0007118, Tue, 19 Nov 2002 19:21:31 -0800

Fw: Fw: Questions for Shadeans

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In a message dated 17/11/02 23:08:15 GMT Standard Time, writes:

Might she have had a roommate? Of course. Does she? No.

Dear Carolyn,

Why not at the chateau, for instance, as Thomas Bolt suggests? Might it not have been an organised trip for some of Hazel's fellow-students? Has someone given an explanation of why that can't be which I have missed?

You may be entirely right about Shade's disintegration. I don't know. I had tended to assume, since I first read Pale Fire soon after publication, that he was, among other things, trying to depict a day in the life of the poet, making fun of his own moments of (fairly ordinary) grandiosity and showing how comically quickly he reverted to non-grandiose ordinariness.

Anthony Stadlen