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Spring in Fialta

Spring in Fialta

by Vladimir Nabokov

Memory and the Past Quotes

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…and overheard one man saying to another, "Funny, how they all smell alike, burnt leaf through whatever perfume they use, those angular dark-haired girls," and as it often happens, a trivial remark related to some unknown topic coiled and clung to one's own intimate recollection, a parasite of its sadness. (40)

While there is no real logic to the memories which remain with Victor, we can identify perhaps an emotional significance to even these small details. What this man who is speaking has done is to describe Nina as just any other woman – at least like any other "angular dark-haired girl." We can see why this would stick with Victor, to whom Nina is anything BUT ordinary.

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