Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023502, Fri, 7 Dec 2012 04:15:22 +0000

Re: Greg Erminin and Tasso's Erminia
Excellent find, Aleksey!

Brian Boyd

On 7/12/2012, at 12:00 PM, Alexey Sklyarenko wrote:

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.

Alexey Sklyarenko
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