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By Vladimir Nabokov

Written whilst he was once in simple terms 24, this is often Nabokov's earliest significant paintings and his merely full-length play, awarded right here for the 1st time in English. the tale includes an incognito king whose love for the spouse of a banished progressive brings at the chaos the king has fought to prevent.

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I know that you are faithful to me, my bride … O, God!  … Listen, come to me!  … ELLA: Don’t, Klian … you promised me … KLIAN: Oh, come to me! Let me break into you! It is not I who beg, but my starved genius, tormented by you, writhes in the ashes, scrunching its wings, it begs … Oh, understand, it is not I who beg, not I! See— the muse wrings her hands … there is a wind in the Olympian gardens … Pegasus’s eyes are filled with blood and dawn … Ella, will you come? ELLA: Don’t ask, don’t ask. It scares me, it delights me … You know, I am only a white bridge, I am but a flimsy bridge over the torrent … KLIAN: Tomorrow then—at ten sharp—your father goes to bed early.

Since then, I rage in passionate idleness … Since then I wait; I stubbornly await a blunder from the strained powers that be, so I can make a move … Four years I wait. I dream enormous dreams … Listen, the time is near! Listen, you living piece of steel, will you be drawn to me again? … GANUS: I don’t know … I don’t think so … You see, I … But Tremens, you haven’t told me about my Midia! What does she do? TREMENS: Her? She strays. GANUS: How dare you, Tremens! ] TREMENS: … in other times you would have laughed … My right-hand man— hard, clear, and free—has become tender, like an ageing maid … GANUS: Tremens, forgive me, if I misunderstood your joke, but you do not know, you do not know … I have suffered greatly … The wind in the reeds whispered to me of adultery.

That girl who always lay spread out with a book, here on this fur, while we reduced worlds to ashes? … ELLA: And you would blaze louder than the rest, and smoke so much, sometimes, it seemed there were not people but ghosts dancing in the grey-blue waves … But how did you return? GANUS: I stunned two sentries with a log and wandered lost for half a year … And now, having finally arrived, the fugitive dares not enter his own home … ELLA: I go there often. GANUS: How nice … ELLA: Yes, I am very friendly with your wife.

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