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QUOTATION: Gradually I regained my usual composure. I reread Pale Fire
more carefully. I liked it better when expecting less. And what was that?
What was that dim distant music, those vestiges of color in the air? Here
and there I discovered in it and especially, especially in the invaluable
variants, echoes and spangles of my mind, a long ripplewake of my glory.
QUOTATION: I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
QUOTATION: But whatever happens, wherever the scene is laid, somebody,
somewhere, will quietly set outsomebody has already set out, somebody
still rather far away is buying a ticket, is boarding a bus, a ship, a
plane, has landed, is walking toward a million photographers, and presently
he will ring at my doora bigger, more respectable, more competent
QUOTATION: Although those notes, in conformity with custom, come after
the poem, the reader is advised to consult them first and then study the
poem with their help, rereading them of course as he goes through its
text, and perhaps after having done with the poem consulting them a third
time so as to complete the picture.