Nabokovian romp... began this
anniversary morning with a charming [...] ramble on one of our favorite topics,
"the egg and ....". Let me see, it all began with Carolyn asking
Jansy if by "Eysenstein" in a recent posting she didn't really mean "Eyestein."
...Which finally leads us to the question: If Pnin
was written in 1957 was the name of the restaurant a coincidence? Little Childe,
(her sign) a buff Orpington hen residing and striding in
Jansy: I usually cut off
superfluous items before answering a posting but Little Childe stepping
out in Pasadena was too irresistible.
Erewhon's Samuel Butler
once observed "a hen is only an egg's way of making another
egg.", but I'm sure Carolyn will disagree with his assessment... So, let's
make Little Childe endure!
Here comes another quick note, which
has escaped the chronology of CK's and JM's exchanges, to answer
Brian Boyd wrote
(notes in The Library of America edition): Cf. "The Egg and
I," film ( 1949, from Betty McDonald's novel) directed by Chester
Erskine; between 1949 and 1957 it was followed by nine popular films featuring
its characters Ma and Pa Kettle.