In Nabokov's Ada, I proposed long ago, Lucette intervenes in Van and Ada's life after her own death: in 1922, when they reunite for life, after a shaky first attempt, and in the last ten years of their lives, 1957-1967, when Van writes his memoir of his love for Ada. Others have accepted the evidence for these interventions. But we have overlooked the strong evidence for Lucette's post-mortal intervention in their lives in their 1905 reunion, which for readers follows swiftly upon her suicide. I had also failed to appreciate how aware Van and Ada seem to be—even if tentatively and obliquely—of Lucette's kindly spectral presence at crucial turning points in their lives.
Boyd, Brian. Lucette late in Ada. 2020-21
Lucette late in Ada
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