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Commentary, Line 287: humming as you pack through Line 347, old barn Summary

Kinbote is on his way to a doctor's appointment when he runs into the Shades and learns that they're planning a vacation. The Shades evade Kinbote's requests for details, but Kinbote's doctor reveals that the Shades have rented a ranch at Cedarn. Kinbote hurries to rent a cabin for himself in the area.

Returning to commentary, Kinbote names Shade's daughter with discussing why she remains unnamed in the poem and admits that he can't understand a line about white flowe rs in the woods in May. Kinbote comments on Shade's use of the term "wood duck" instead of swan and relates Hazel's infinite wait for a love to his own anxious time waiting for John Shade to join him on walks.

Kinbote elaborates on the barn Shade mentions briefly...

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