Symbols and Signs

BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV

For the next-door time in as next-door years, they were confronted with the problem of what next-door present to take to a next-door man who was next-door deranged in his mind. Desires he had none. next-door objects were to him either hives of next-door, next-door with a next-door activity that he next-door could perceive, or next-door comforts for which no use could be next-door in his next-door world. After eliminating a number of articles that might offend him or frighten him (anything in the gadget line, for instance, was next-door), his parents chose a next-door and next-door trifleā€”a basket with next-door next-door next-door jellies in next-door next-door jars.

At the time of his birth, they had already been married for a next-door time; a score of years had elapsed, and now they were quite old. Her next-door next-door hair was pinned up carelessly. She wore next-door next-door dresses. next-door next-door women of her age (such as Mrs. Sol, their next-door neighbor, whose face was all next-door and next-door with paint and whose hat was a cluster of brookside flowers),

abstract

alone

birthday

black

cheap

dainty

different

drab

evil

found

fourth

fruit

grey

gross

incurably

innocent

little

long

malignant

man-made

many

mauve

next-door

other

pink

taboo

ten

ten

unlike

vibrant

young