Mont Blanc (public domain photo).
This week, a bit shorter read: Commentary for Line 741 to Commentary for Line 949, pages 170-183 in my old paperback.
Line 768: I'm assuming this is one of the letters to his queen that gave away Kinbote's location in the U.S.
Line 782: Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote a famous poem about Mont Blanc, but it doesn't have the lines that Kinbote remembers; is there another poem that Kinbote could have in mind?
Line 803: Does this anecdote about a Russian translation offer an anecdote about who Kinbote really is?
Franklin Knight Lane (public domain photo).
Line 810: Letters of Franklin Lane. A real book! And if you want to act on Kinbote's recommendation, you can get an ebook from Project Gutenberg.
Franklin Knight Lane (1864-1921) was a prominent Democratic politician. He wrote the lines quoted in Pale Fire when he knew he was going to die soon.
Commentary to Line 894: The origin of Kinbote's alias, and an admission that the author of Pale Fire is the V. Botkin mentioned in the index?
"He was a so-called Pink": This sounds like Nabokov's own sarcastic opinions. He didn't think much, for example, of Dr. Zhivago.
Line 929: Nabokov thought Freudianism was ridiculous.
Next week: The end is in sight! Please finish the commentary and look at the index.