By Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John

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The knave of hearts in turn symbolizes some young man. The reference here, at least in the reader’s and the mother’s mind, is virtually unambiguous—it is to the son. The nine of spades is more ambiguous. 3 22 Anatomy of a Short Story It is perhaps worth recalling that one of the secrets of success of (some) astrologers is their making the appropriate interpretation of such an ambiguous turn of cards. Now let me turn to numbers. 4 Nabokov’s explicit numbers are all even ones: 0, 2, 4, 6, 10, and 40.

8 Psychologists and philosophers still have a long way to go before we shall have such languages. FORUM 25 Yuri Leving: In the essay “Narrative Entrapment in Pnin and ‘Signs and Symbols,’” David Richter states that the author “makes the reader his ironic victim by seeming to license a response, then turning and attacking him for this presumptuous collusion” (A224: 10). What will be the likely results if one is to apply ideas of mathematical logic to deciphering Nabokov’s “Signs and Symbols”? Will we be able to solve the riddle of this short story?

These are feminine numbers according to Pythagoras (and Plato) and this corresponds to the dominance of the mother in the story. Was this Nabokov’s intention? We do not know. 5 For Jung, the number four indicates completion or perfection. 7 Does ten signify what Pythagoreans called the tetraktys? If so, it signifies completion, for the tetraktys is comprised of a triangular array of ten dots or pebbles arranged in four rows to form a triangle, thus: • • • • • • • • • • It contains 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 5 10 pebbles.

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