NABOKV-L post 0002594, Mon, 1 Dec 1997 14:42:47 -0800

Re: Barnes, Nabokov, & a Whippet (fwd)
From: Rahat Glass-Husain <>

Um...if I understand your question correctly then the answer is that
Nabokov is zoologically incorrect. Whippets and Italian greyhounds are
both skinny little gentle dogs. They are part of a sort of general
greyhound family and both breeds are derived from greyhounds. But
they're not quite the same. I think the major difference between them in
fiction is that whippets tend to belong to burly Victorian horse dealers
in George Eliot and Italian greyhounds to...well, to Emma Bovary.
Italian greyhounds are supposed to have been designed for sitting in
laps. Shoot, I wish I could recall who the other woman was I read about
recently who had an Italian greyhound following her. It'll come to me as
soon as I send this message.