The Return of Chorb
by Vladimir Nabokov
The Return of Chorb The Supernatural Quotes
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It was Chorb screaming. He had woken up sometime after midnight, had turned on his side, and had seen his wife lying beside him. He screamed horribly, with visceral force. The white specter of a woman sprang off the bed (34).
In this story, the prostitute becomes whatever Chorb needs her to be. At this point is his self-designed fantasy, he needs her to be his wife – so she appears as a ghost.
The girl and the lackey remained in the corridor. They exchanged a frightened glance and bent their heads to listen. But in the room all was silence. It seemed incredible that there should be three people. Not a single sound came from there.
"They don’t speak," whispered the lackey, and put his finger to his lips (38-9).
"The Return of Chorb" ends on a particularly eerie note. There’s something ghostly about the silence coming from the room, as though Chorb has been literally silenced by the night’s happenings.