-06: one to june out of parvenu appeal dispensed to their : the “parvenu” was presumably the new hitched man, exactly who by the brand new “dispensed” ‘s the pharmacist himself.
-09: an excellent philistine urban area where businessmen starred “golf” into Sundays and you can belonged so you can “lodges” : Cf. -30: “He could never ever overcome his snobbish bias facing golf”; -02: “their ‘lodge’ (meeting-place from brotherly moneymakers)”; Pnin 116: “a business Administrator, a beneficial Mason, a golfer.”
The fresh new breed’s extroverted demeanor is accentuated of the the singing warmth to own lifetime
: sudden hopes for eternity-certainty : Cf. -: “a dual danger of getting together with her when you look at the eternity, into the terrarity.” MOTIF: fantasy .
: extremely invited of the dated appenzeller : a breed of Swiss mountain puppy on the canton out-of Appenzell, NE Switzerland. Brand new tan constantly lies involving the black and the light. . . . ” Bonnie Wilcox and you will Chris Walkowicz, The new Atlas of one’s Dog Breeds of the nation (Neptune Area, NJ: T.F.H Publications, 1989), 128-31. Nabokov’s sibling Elena Sikorski, which during the time of Ada is why structure stayed perhaps not much out of their sis at Petit Saconnex, close Geneva, had a keen appenzeller from which he had been extremely happy.
-25: getting a period scarcely surpassing that of person gestation : brand new irony is the fact because the he’s really Marina’s boy he wasn’t that have Aqua throughout his gestation.
-: She setup an excellent morbid susceptibility towards code out-of regular water . . . : Cf. -28: “Ada . . . try running their shower; to help you their gush a guitar beat has just read, left adapting alone aquatically (new rare moments as he recalled the lady along with her slightly rational message on her last sanatorium . . . ).” Cf. Nabokov’s recollection: “Sibling Pasha’s last terminology had been: ‘That’s fascinating. Now I understand. Everything is liquids, vsyo–voda ‘ ” ( SM 68). MOTIF: water ; water-message .
-: echoes both (very much like the latest bloodstream do predormitarily) a fragment out-of individual address lingering inside one’s ears : Cf. -15: “To an echo of these creak, transmitted vascularly towards brain through to the system from bed grabbed more than, the guy establish new eerie detonation. . . . “; SM 33: “Dating back to From the . . . I’ve been subject to light hallucinations. Some are aural, anybody else try optical. . . . Prior to falling asleep, We commonly become aware of a type of one-sided talk going on in the a surrounding element of my personal attention, a little alone throughout the genuine development off my opinion. It’s a neutral, detached, unknown sound. . . . this new auditory equivalent out of specific praedormitary visions.”
: complex whilst still being very expensive hydrodynamic : emended by DN regarding 1969: “hard and still extremely expensive, hydrodynamic”. Maybe VN indeed meant “specialized, but still very expensive, hydrodynamic”–which looks closer to this new parenthetical qualificatory cadences of the section.
: hydrodynamic telephones : Charles Nicol’s cards that “the expression ‘telephone’ is coined regarding 18th millennium towards our industry . . . , where they just after demonstrated gizmos you to predated [Alexander Graham] Bell’s development: “[T]right here was in fact sound telephones and you can steam telephones and audio phones enough time prior to 1876. When you look at the Germany this new talking pipe are both called the mobile.” [Catherine Mackenzie, Alexander Graham Bell: The guy Whom Developed Area , Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928, 7].’ ” (“Buzzwords and Dorophonemes: Just how Words Proliferate and you may Things Rust into the Ada ,” inside the Gavriel Shapiro, ed., Nabokov in the Cornell , Ithaca: Cornell School Press, 91-100: 96).
“Hydro” in Ada shows new forbidding off energy on Antiterra (pick and also the Theme: electricity) but it can also echo almost every other aspects of scientific nomenclature, like the proven fact that “hydroplane” are a young name, now out-of-date, having seaplane. (Cf. , petroloplane.) The new greatest story “The trick Longevity of Walter Mitty” (New Yorker, parece Thurber (1894-1961), whoever really works Nabokov liked, features Mitty thought “New team, bending on the various jobs in the grand, hurtling 7-engined Navy hydroplane. . . .”