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Cohen 43

hopeless. As Mary

McCarthy

says in her superbly astute review and essay "A Bolt

from the Blue" (1962):

The real, real story, the plane of ordinary sanity and common sense, the

reader's presumed plane, cannot be accepted as final. The explanation that

Botkin

is mad will totally satisfy only Professors H. and C. and their consorts,

who can put aside Pale Fire as a detective story, with the reader racing the

author to the solution. Pale Fire is not a detective story, though it includes

one. Each plane or level in its shadow box proves to be a false bottom; there

is an infinite perspective regression, for the book is a book of mirrors." (86)

Or, as Peter Brooks proposes, regarding Freud's inability to decide whether the

Wolf-

Man comprehended the sexual meaning of the Grusha scene at the time or projected it

back from a later period: "The relation betweenfabula and

sfujet,

between event and

its significant

reworking,

is one of suspicion and conjecture, a structure of

indeterminacy which can offer only a framework of narrative possibilities rather than

a clearly specifiable plot" (275).

Indeed, Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic

Discovevy,

the most dutiful and

trusting Nabokovian reading imaginable, sounds uncannily like an early Freudian

case history, like The Wolf-Man without Freud's nagging self-doubt. Boyd writes:

Why would Hazel help Kinbote to develop his wistful wish-fulfillment world

of Zembla? Presumably she takes note of him because he has moved next

In an interview conducted in 1962, Nabokov declares that "you can get nearer and nearer, so to speak, to reality; but you can never get near enough because reality is an infinite succession of steps,

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levels of perception, false bottoms, and hence unquenchable, unattainable" (Strong

Opiniorzs

11).

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