Alternative Ending to Pale Fire

Like a boomerang flung out into the shade,
Returning as if a full-circuit’s been made,
We aborted our trip before totally aware,
That a prowler was stalking outside his lair,
Full of himself like some demented potion,
He made it his mission to cross the ocean,
And all we could do was to sit and wait,
While pale fires burned out our fate.

Commentary:

“Like a boomerang flung out into the shade,”

The poet uses simile to envision the young king propelled out of his kingdom to land fortuitously as his neighbor in New Wye.

“Full of himself like some demented potion,”

The assassin as narcissist equal in power to a witch’s brew.

“While pale fires burned out our fate.”

Reference to the imagery of the Immortal Bard is imperative as a tip of the hat to end the ultimate canto of Shade’s brilliant tour de force.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

S" I stroked them; there she lolled on in the right-hand corner, almost asprawl, Lola, the bobby-soxer, devouring her immemorial fruit, singing through its juice, losing her slipper, rubbing the heel of her slipperless foot in its sloppy anklet... "

“Her legs twitched a little as they lay across my live lap;I stroked them; there she lolled on in the right-hand corner, almost asprawl, Lola, the bobbysoxer, devouring her immemorial fruit, singing through its juice, losing her slipper, rubbing the heel of her slipperless foot in its sloppy anklet…(p, 59)”

The bobby soxer became part of American culture during the 40’s, often referring to young hysterical female fans of Frank Sinatra.  The above 1947 film is a comedy with a twist from the Lolita plot, in that Shirley Temple is a high school girl infatuated with a much older man, Cary Grant, an artist who lectures at her high school one day.  When unbeknownst to Grant, Shirley sneaks into his apartment, they are found in this compromising situation by her older sister (Myrna Loy) who happens to be a judge.  The resulting triangle has hilarious results.