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Preliminaries MASTER MOTTO Petri de vanite . . . : The corrections in PB 8 and
the initials "A. P." replacing it in PD 129 lead us to suppose that the quotation is a
spurious one — at least in its final aphoristic form. It would be idle to speculate if ...
This fair copy is headed by a master motto written on the cover, namely, ll. 252-53
of Evgeniy Baratinski's poem The Feasts (1ater Pushkin planned to use them as
a motto to Four, judging by the fair copy of that canto); then comes the title, ...
at one time considered promoting these two lines to a motto for either One or
Four — a promotion that would have turned the imitation into a complimentary
allusion. He used another line (52) of The Feasts for his motto to the Moscow
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I've read another translation before in proper verse, and while I understand that the story's not the same without the rhymes, Nabokov's rendering is, I think, as close to perfection as I will come until I can read the original. Consulter l'avis complet
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