NABOKV-L post 0007250, Mon, 9 Dec 2002 09:48:27 -0800

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Fw: On The Shade Side For Carolyn Kunin
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From: "Carolyn Kunin" <chaiselongue@earthlink.net>
To: "Vladimir Nabokov Forum" <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: On The Shade Side For Carolyn Kunin



> > EdNOTE. NabokvpL-I offers this quote from Keithsz to CK as"
> > 1) VN quote of the day
> > 2) Why is this passage & unmistakably VN's?
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "s~Z" <keithsz@concentric.net>
> >> ----------------- Message requiring your approval (11
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> >> Excluding each other, private swoons split him in two: the devastating
> >> certainty that as soon as he reached, in the labyrinth of a nightmare,
a
> >> brightly remembered small room with a bed and a child's washstand, she
> > would
> >> join him there in her new smooth long beauty; and, on the shade side,
the
> >> pang and panic of finding her changed, hating what he wanted,
condemning
> > it
> >> as wrong, explaining to him dreadful new circumstances---that they both
> > were
> >> dead or existed only as extras in a house rented for a motion picture.
> >>
> >> --Ada
> >>
> >>
> Dear Don & Keith SZ,
>
> I don't know what makes the passage unmistakably VN's but it does remind
me
> of this one in Pale Fire:
>
> And he absolutely had to find her at once, to tell her he adored her, but
> the large audience before him separated him from the door, and the notes
> reaching him through a succession of hands said that she was not
available;
> that she was inaugurating a fire; that she had married an American
> businessman; that she had become a character in a novel; that she was
dead.
>
> --Pale Fire
>
>
>