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Mary, p. 84: “The Trousered Cloud”

June 6, 2010

In describing the loss of his passport to Klara, Podtyagin says “‘That’s it:  I dropped it.  Poetic license:  elided passport.  “The Trousered Cloud” by Mayakovski.  Great big clouded cretin, that’s what I am.'” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Mary, p. 83: “the percentage of happiness”

June 6, 2010

Fate and destiny are consistent Nabokov themes.  Here, fate is equated to the listings of a railroad timetable, Read the rest of this entry ?