Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023401, Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:38:59 +0000

Re: THOUGHT: "Ever and ever sight" in LOLITA
I've just noticed after years of not noticing that "golden load" must be an allusion to Blake's "To Autumn" - thanks to Didier Machu for putting Humbert's line in his email and stopping me in my tracks.

Barrie Akin

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Subject: [NABOKV-L] THOUGHT: "Ever and ever sight" in LOLITA

Didier Machu writes:

Dear List,

In connection with "love at ever and ever sight" I just wish to add that Charlotte, falling on her knees, acknowledges Humbert as "her ruler and her god" (Vintage 91 / Penguin 102): "forever and ever" (68 / 75), says the letter she writes after praying the Lord and asking Him for advice re Humbert--while the latter availed himself of her being at church to say his own mute prayer ("Let her stay, let her stay . . .") and prevent "any act of God" (59 / 65) that would remove the golden load from his lap (a nice example of Nabokov's art of the counterpoint).

[EDNOTE. I also thought that "ever and ever" might echo the end of the Lord's Prayer, as recited in various Christian denominations: "forever and ever." -- SES]

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