ca să anticipez postarea colectivă de mâine despre kubrick, dar și de amorul artei (și al listelor), iată ce-ar conține un meniu nabokov:
(1) Nymphets live between the ages of nine and fourteen.
(2) Nymphets are very thin (Humbert refers to “the slenderness of a downy limb”).
(3) Nymphets have catlike features—“the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone.”
(4) Nymphets resemble (and really are, for Humbert) “little deadly demons.”
(5) Nymphets have “marvelous skin.” As Humbert puts it, “Nymphets do not have acne although they gorge themselves on rich food.”
(6) Nymphets are not the prettiest among young girls.
(7) Nymphets are very rare: “Within the same age limits [9–14] the number of true nymphets is strikingly inferior to that of provisionally plain, or just nice, or ‘cute,’ or even ‘sweet’ and ‘attractive,’ . . . girls.”
(8) Nymphets have a strange and magical or “fey grace.”
(9) Nymphets have a dual nature: innocence combined with “eerie vulgarity.”
(10) A nymphet has a “small agile rump.”
(11) Nymphets are “so cruel and crafty in everyday life,” but have a “cheerful indifference” in formal games like tennis.
(12) Nymphets are prone to dangerous heat when emotional: “Hysterical little nymphs might, I knew, run up all kinds of temperature—even exceeding a fatal count.”
(13) Nymphets retain some, though not all, of their nymphic traits, as they age, such as the cheekbone. Humbert can spot these postnymphs almost at a glance—for example, when he notes on the street “a delinquent nymphet shining through the matter-of-fact young whore.”
(14) “Nymphets do not occur in polar regions.”
în ”the philosophy of stanley kubrick”, jerold j. abrams (editor), 2007, p. 115. (cartea completă, mâine.)