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Pale Fire - Commentary, Line 109: iridule through Line 130: I never bounced a ball or swung a bat Summary & Analysis

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Commentary, Line 109: iridule through Line 130: I never bounced a ball or swung a bat Summary

Kinbote comments that "iridule," a shimmering small cloud, is probably Shade's original word, and he finds out from the owner of the motel where he's staying that a "peacock-herl," a word written in the poem's margin, is part of an artificial fishing fly. Kinbote also mentions that "Sutton" is a combination of two doctor's names. In the poem, Shade equates five minutes to forty ounces, based on an hour glass in the Middle Ages having 480 ounces of sand. Kinbote can't do the calculations to figure out Shade's equation.

When Shade mentions being unathletic, Kinbote comments on which sports he performed poorly or well in. He reprints on of Shade's drafts mentioning a secret corridor, which Kinbote again relates to King Charles...

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