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Pale Fire Chapter Summary & Analysis - Commentary, Lines 597-608: the thoughts we should roll-call, etc. through Line 680: Lolita Summary

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Commentary, Lines 597-608: the thoughts we should roll-call, etc. through Line 680: Lolita Summary

Kinbote relates Shade's poem to King Charles, to a couplet by Edsel Ford, and to the cabin where Kinbote now resides. He notes that what he thought was an amusement park outside his abode was actually rowdy campers. He comments on the phrase "two tongues" with a list of European languages and relates the "'tuber's eye" to the earlier description of death as a potato. Kinbote mentions that Starover Blue, the astronomer, is the only person whose real name is mentioned in the poem, and Kinbote calls it tasteless, though admitting the name is aesthetically pleasing. He comments that the name has no relationship to astronomy and gives its derivation.

Shade considered "madman's fate" as an alternative to "fate of beasts," and Kinbote uses this...

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