Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023501, Fri, 7 Dec 2012 02:00:10 +0300

Greg Erminin and Tasso's Erminia
As I pointed out before, Erminia is a character in Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. She is hopelessly in love with Tancred. But Erminia was also a nickname of E. M. Khitrovo, Kutuzov's daughter who was hopelessly in love with Pushkin. In a letter of May 9, 1834, to O. S. Pavlishchev (Pushkin's sister) the poet's mother mentions Erminia: Александр очень занят по утрам, потом он идёт в (Летний) сад, где прогуливается со своей Эрминией. (Alexander is very busy in the mornings, then he goes to the Letniy Sad where he walks with his Erminia. Veresaev, Pushkin in Life)

The son of Colonel Erminin, Greg Erminin is hopelessly in love with Ada.

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