Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025637, Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:37:05 -0300

Carolyn Kunin: I didn't know about the mists & bunny reference, I simply
thought that behind Haze, an improbably surname, the rather ordinary surname
Hayes was hiding in plain sight [ ].p.s. American Beautywise? - there's the
famous rose and a less famous movie ...

Jansy Mello: So, you did explore those Irish mists [In Ireland, Hayes
originated as a Gaelic polygenetic surname "O hAodha", meaning descendant of
Aodh ("fire"), or of Aed, an Irish mythological god. Septs in most counties
anglicised "O hAodha" to "Hayes". In County Cork, it became "O'Hea"] as VN
probably intended us to (no idea why, though).
The pretty friend of the middle-aged character's daughter in "American
Beauty" (the one covered by roses) is Angela Hayes. But the movie came out
almost thirty years after "Lolita" and the surname Hayes must be just a
You also ask: "now if we only could find out why the wonderful John Ray's
name is used to portray such an ass .." in an angry tone. Funny, I always
considered the doctor to be a typical example of institutional psychiatrists
and never bothered much about him, nor why he'd been given such an
illustrious name - except for the play with his initials (JR Jr.). I must
have been too hasty in my dismissal!

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