Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025622, Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:17:09 +0000

Re: Brian Boyd in The Nabokovian,
two annotations: Demon "oeillet" and a vacuum into which rushes...
Thanks to Jansy for the wonderful find of Oeillet-Demon, which I look forward to putting into the AdaOnline version with another credit to Jansy. I encourage more to find what I’ve missed and to let us all know. I never would have sniffed out this truffle: what bizarre lore Nabokov knew!

I did note the “eyelet” as well as “carnation” in oeillet in the original note to 239.09 in the previous Nabokovian (Fall 2013).

Jansy seems to be unpacking her “Xmas gift” (Nabokovian 72) slowly, so let’s hope she finds more to add to this bulky issue.

Brian Boyd

On 20/08/2014, at 8:05 am, Jansy Mello <jansy.mello@OUTLOOK.COM<mailto:jansy.mello@OUTLOOK.COM>> wrote:

With the Spring 2014 Nabokovian close at hand, I started to read Brian Boyd's annotations to ADA.

In his comment to 242.24 he connects the sentence to another one in which Van observes to Demon: "You look satanically fit, Dad. Especially with that fresh oeillet in your lapel eye (239.08-09).

Oeillet was translated as "a carnation" but I thought there was another indication in the added "lapel eye"(the hole in a lapel). I checked it using an internet dictionary. Oeillet means not only carnation but also "eyelet" in the sense of a hole (trou). [Cf. œillet nm (BOTANIQUE) carnation; (=trou) eyelet Translation French - English Collins Dictionary http://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/oeillet]

And there was a surprise in store, this time related to "Demon" and to "satanically fit."

There is an Oeillet Demon (wikipedia), according to Michaelis' classification of demons in 1613," Marvelous History, which included a classification of demons as it was told to him by the demon Berith when he was exorcising a nun, according to the author. This classification is based on the Pseudo-Dionysian hierarchies, according to the sins the devil tempts one to commit, and includes the demons' adversaries (who suffered that temptation without falling)."

The first hierarchy includes angels that were Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.

Beelzebub was a prince of the Seraphim, just below Lucifer. Beelzebub, along with Lucifer and Leviathan, were the first three angels to fall. He tempts men with pride and is opposed by St. Francis of Assisi.

Leviathan was also a prince of the Seraphim who tempts people to give into heresy, and is opposed by St. Peter.

Asmodeus was also a prince of the Seraphim, burning with desire to tempt men into wantonness. He is opposed by St. John the Baptist.

Berith was a prince of the Cherubim. He tempts men to commit homicide, and to be quarrelsome, contentious, and blasphemous. He is opposed by St. Barnabas.

Pesado was a prince of the Abadon. The keeper of chaos.

Astaroth was a prince of Thrones, who tempts men to be lazy and is opposed by St. Bartholomew.

Verrine was also prince of Thrones, just below Astaroth. He tempts men with impatience and is opposed by St. Dominic.

Gressil was the third prince of Thrones, who tempts men with impurity and is opposed by St. Bernard.

Sonneillon was the fourth prince of Thrones, who tempts men to hate and is opposed by St. Stephen.[5]

The second hierarchy includes Powers, Dominions, and Virtues.

Carreau was a prince of Powers. He tempts men with hardness of heart and is opposed by SS. Vincent and Vincent Ferrer

Carnivale was also a prince of Powers. He tempts men to obscenity and shamelessness, and is opposed by John the Evangelist.

Oeillet was a prince of Dominions. He tempts men to break the vow of poverty and is opposed by St. Martin.

Rosier was the second in the order of Dominions. He tempts men against sexual purity and is opposed by St. Basil.

Belias was the prince of Virtues. He tempts men with arrogance and women to be vain, raise their children as wantons, and gossip during mass. He is opposed by St. Francis de Paul.

In note 244.23; and nothing is fuller than an empty mind, we read Cf. 294-16-18 “This created a vacuum into which rushed a multitude of trivial reflections. A pantomime of rational thought.” I’ve been working about the influence of Bergson’s atemporality (or the definition of “aesthetic thought” in lieu of “rational thought,” now following Uhlmann’s quote from Alexander Baumgarten in [Thinking in Literature:Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov. Anthony Uhlmann, 2011, ww.continuumbooks.com<http://ww.continuumbooks.com>]) and selected an illustrative quote from Speak, Memory, whose wording is very similar to the one selected by Brian.
Thanks to the link with atemporality, the meaning of the sentence related to “trivial reflections, pantomime of rationality” is not necessarily as negative as it appears to be at first sight. It might be indicative of that other kind of “thought” process related to perception and the senses, or to Bergson’s atemporality where there’s a rejection of utilitarian thinking and logic.
“…And the highest enjoyment of timelessness―in a landscape selected at random―is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone. A thrill of gratitude to whom it may concern―to the contrapuntal genius of human fate or to tender ghosts humoring a lucky mortal”.

Google Search <http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=site:listserv.ucsb.edu&hl=en%0A>
the archive<http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=site:listserv.ucsb.edu&hl=en%0A> Contact<mailto:nabokv-l@utk.edu,nabokv-l@holycross.edu>
the Editors<mailto:nabokv-l@utk.edu,nabokv-l@holycross.edu> NOJ<http://www.nabokovonline.com/> Zembla<http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm> Nabokv-L <http://web.utk.edu/%7Esblackwe/EDNote.htm>
Policies<http://web.utk.edu/%7Esblackwe/EDNote.htm> Subscription options<http://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=NABOKV-L> AdaOnline<http://www.ada.auckland.ac.nz/> NSJ Ada Annotations<http://vnjapan.org/main/ada/index.html> L-Soft Search the archive<https://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin/wa?A0=NABOKV-L> VN Bibliography Blog<http://vnbiblio.com/>
All private editorial communications are read by both co-editors.

Search archive with Google:

Contact the Editors: mailto:nabokv-l@utk.edu,nabokv-l@holycross.edu
Zembla: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm
Nabokv-L policies: http://web.utk.edu/~sblackwe/EDNote.htm
Nabokov Online Journal:" http://www.nabokovonline.com
AdaOnline: "http://www.ada.auckland.ac.nz/
The Nabokov Society of Japan's Annotations to Ada: http://vnjapan.org/main/ada/index.html
The VN Bibliography Blog: http://vnbiblio.com/
Search the archive with L-Soft: https://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin/wa?A0=NABOKV-L

Manage subscription options :http://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=NABOKV-L