Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025949, Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:56:25 -0500

Darwin in Ada
Subject: [NABOKV-L] RES: [NABOKV-L] Darwin in Ada
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:55:06 +0000
From: Fet, Victor <fet@marshall.edu>
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>

I am attempting to explore importance of Darwin in Ada and other VN
writings (beyond Podvig/Glory).

I am not specifically interested in "Scrabble approach", but noticed
that both Demon and Dan Veen have nicknames starting with R, and thus
abbreviate to D. "R". Veen, or in Russian transliteration, D. R. Vin.
(English "R" is read as "ar"). Note hard "v" with which we Russians
customarily replace "w" in spoken English (e.g. I live in Vest Wirginia).

Their grandfather is Erasmus Veen, who is easily interpreted as Erasmus

I wonder if anybody noticed this word play before. I welcome any advice
on the subject.

Van and Ada thus are not just "children of Demon" but also descendants
of Darwin.

"Descent with modification" is Darwin's original formula of evolutionary
change. Anybody would agree that, in the case of Van and Ada, such
modification, compared to direct ancestors, is profound. It will not be
inherited, I am afraid.

Victor Fet

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