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Pale Fire - Commentary, Line 287: humming as you pack through Line 347, old barn Summary & Analysis

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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 in his poem. According to Kinbote's information, the barn used...

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