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Pale Fire Setting & Symbolism

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Pale Fire

"Pale Fire" is an autobiographical poem by John Shade, written in the last month of his life.

Zembla

Zembla is the country that Charles Kinbote comes from, a north-eastern European country.

Shadeans

Shadeans are literary critics of John Shade's poetry.

New Wye

New Wye is the college town where John Shade and Charles Kinbote live and work.

Onhava

Onhava is the capital of Zembla.

Wordsmith University

Wordsmith is the university where John Shade and Charles Kinbote both teach.

The Shadows

The Shadows is a group of Extremist rebels which plans the assassination of the exiled King Charles.

Secret Passageway

King Charles finds a secret passageway leading from Thurgus the Third's old bedroom to a dressing room at the theater. The passageway connected Thurgus to his lover, actress Iris Acht.

Bera Range

King Charles must cross the Bera Mountains to escape Zembla.

Rippleson Caves

The king rendezvous...

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