Lectures on Russian Literature
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were particularly attracted"(p.55). No. 64 Kaluga A town south of Moscow in the Tula direction (Central Russia) (p.60). No. 65 Classic, modern "Classic" (klassicbeskoe) education in reference to Russian schools meant the study of Latin and Greek, whereas "Modern" (realnoe) implied their replacement by living languages, with the stress laid on the "scientific" and practical in other subjects (p.62). No. 66 Spiritualism The talk (at the Shcherbatskis) about table turning in part one, chapter 14,
Count Vronski is playfully patronizing: he mimics an elderly attendant stopping a young scapegrace in his tracks, or—as more precisely, perhaps—acts the staid family man speaking to a flighty bachelor (p.70). No. 74 Honi soit qui mal y pense The motto of the Order of the Garter, "Shame to him who thinks evil of it," as pronounced by Edward the Third in 1348 when rebuking the mirth of some noblemen over a lady's fallen garter (p.70). No. 75 Diva This Italian word ("the divine one") was applied to
others by himself, he did not 162 Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Russian literature believe what he saw, and always fancied that every man led his real, most interesting life under cover of secrecy as under cover of night. The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected." The final scene is full of that pathos which has been suggested in the very beginning.
death was yours? Had you climbed right up to the domed roof of a church in trying to make more money [in wages for repairs] or had you perhaps hoisted yourself up to the very cross on that church, and did you slip from a beam thereon to dash your brains out on the ground whereat [some elderly comrade of yours] standing nearby only scratched the back of his head and said with a sigh: 'Well, my lad, you sure did have a fall'—and then tied a rope round his waist and climbed up to take your place. .
little son—despite the agony it costs her not to see the child—and she goes to live with Vronski first abroad in Italy, and then on his country place in central Russia, though this "open" affair brands her an immoral woman in the eyes of her immoral circle. (In a way she may be said to have put into action Emma's dream of escaping with * VN continued, but then deleted, "and then getting cross with his wife Sofia Andrevna for letting a noisy visitor into the neighboring room." Ed. 95 Vladimir