Friday, December 07, 2012


The Subtleties of the Parley-Voo

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Pnin (1957), Chapter VI, Part 2:
Two interesting characteristics distinguished Leonard Blorenge, Chairman of French Literature and Language; he disliked Literature and he had no French. This did not prevent him from traveling tremendous distances to attend Modern Language conventions, at which he would flaunt his ineptitude as if it were some majestic whim, and parry with great thrusts of healthy lodge humor any attempt to inveigle him into the subtleties of the parley-voo.

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