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By Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John

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Still reading, he ate the pale victuals that needed no teeth. She knew his moods and was also silent. When he had gone to bed, she remained in the living room with her pack of soiled cards and her old albums. Across the narrow yard where the rain tinkled in the dark against some battered ash cans, windows were blandly alight and in one of them a blacktrousered man with his bare elbows raised could be seen lying supine on an untidy bed. She pulled the blind down and examined the photographs. As a baby he looked more surprised than most babies.

He must be always on his guard and devote every minute and module of life to the decoding of the undulation of things. The very air he exhales is indexed and filed away. If only the interest he provokes were limited to his immediate surroundings—but alas it is not! With distance the torrents of wild scandal increase in volume and volubility. The silhouettes of his blood corpuscles, magnified a million times, flit over vast plains; and still farther, great mountains of unbearable solidity and height sum up in terms of granite and groaning firs the ultimate truth of his being.

3 22 Anatomy of a Short Story It is perhaps worth recalling that one of the secrets of success of (some) astrologers is their making the appropriate interpretation of such an ambiguous turn of cards. Now let me turn to numbers. 4 Nabokov’s explicit numbers are all even ones: 0, 2, 4, 6, 10, and 40. These are feminine numbers according to Pythagoras (and Plato) and this corresponds to the dominance of the mother in the story. Was this Nabokov’s intention? We do not know. 5 For Jung, the number four indicates completion or perfection.

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