Heart pain

Pnin experiences acute chest pain, which he calls a seizure, after realizing he brought his student’s paper with him instead of his lecture notes (pgs. 19-25).

The text mentions that Pnin has had these panic attacks previously, on the dates (pg. 21):

  • August 10, 1942
  • February 15, 1937 (his birthday)
  • May 18, 1929
  • July 4, 1920

Pnin feels again the “extremely unpleasant and frightening cardiac sensation” after playing croquet with fellow Russian émigrés (pg. 131).

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