Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025286, Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:51:32 -0700

Re: Jansy's and
Susan’s answer re Jansy’s query is certainly on target. I would add that “plum” as in “plum good” or “plum smart” was quite
common in my semi-ruralIndiana childhood---possibly echoing its use in the old English childrens’ rhyme. Don Johnson

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Subject: [NABOKV-L] QUERY: Plums and Easter eggs

In response to Jansy's inquiry, I assume that Nabokov has in mind the English nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner," in which the title character pulls out a hidden plum from a pie and then congratulates himself.

:) SES


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