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Chapter Nine is a brief biography of Nabokov's father, Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, who is born in 1870, near St. Petersburg and is assassinated in Berlin, in 1922. Vladimir is raised by his own share of governesses and tutors but, at the age of 13, attends the "Gymnasium" on Gagarin Street. He is a very ambitious boy, conscious of his success and failure.

After the Gymnasium, Vladimir studies law at St. Petersburg University, graduating in 1891. He lectures in criminal law at the Imperial School of Jurisprudence in St. Petersburg from 1896 to 1904 and marries Nabokov's mother, Elena Ivanovna Rukavishnikov, in 1897. They eventually have six children, the first a stillborn boy.

Vladimir's increasingly outspokenness about human rights earns him several rebukes from the Tsarist government. In 1908, he is jailed for participating in secret anti-Tsarist parliamentary meetings. After that, he severs his connections with the Tsar's government, though he still practices law...

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