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Bart, dze: Conmal's Zemblan or Zemblan-accented English term for "the Bard," referring to Shakespeare, C962.

batch: term used by Kinbote to signify a group of Shade's index cards, as in "John Shade began his last batch of cards," C949. Also, F13, C71, C873, C991, C1000, I313.

birth: Hazel's, P35, "of wraiths," P625, "mauve at," C470.

Blanc, Mont : a mountain on the border between Italy and France; Shade published a poem in the Blue Review about it, C782; Mont Blanc is French for white mountain; "Mont Blanc" is also the name of a poem by Percy Shelley. See also Mon Blon.

Blank, Senator: John Shade's cousin, an "outspoken statesman" who lives in Washington, arrives by limousine to Shade's birthday party, C181.

Blue Review: literary journal where Shade's poem "about Mon Blon" was published, P782.

Bower P: enclosure through which young Charles II breaks into Igor II's private gallery, I308.

bracken: both instances describe surroundings as King Charles escaped from Zembla, C149, C662.

Bretwit, Ferz: Zemblan mayor of Aros, cousin of Zule Bretwit. Ferz means "chessqueen," C286, I305.

Bretwit, Oswin: Zemblan consul in Paris and supporter of the King. Kinbote claims that Bretwit means "chess intelligence," a notion Nabokov borrowed from Sabine Baring-Gould's book Family Names and Their Stories, which says that the name Bretwitz means "witty chess-board player," C286, I305, I306, I311.

Bretwit, Zule: Zemblan mayor of Odevalla, grand-uncle of Oswin Bretwit and cousin of Ferz Bretwit; name means "chessrook," C286, I311.

brocken: "brocken of their wives"; a reference to Goethe's Faust, in which the Brocken, a mountain in Germany, is the center of revelry for witches; in essence, Kinbote is comparing Sybil Shade to a witch, C287.

buttonhole: holding a flower, F28, C181; youth sticking finger through, C929.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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