Changer d'ampoule

Only by heroic effort can I make myself unscrew a bulb that has died an inexplicable death and screw in another, wich will light up in my face with the ideous instancy of a dragon's egg hatching in one's bare hand.

Vladimir Nabokov, Lance, in Nabokov's Dozen, chapitre 1


Quietly, concealing himself in his own shadow, Vasili Ivanovitch followed the shore, and came to a kind of inn.

Vladimir Nabokov, "Cloud, Castle, Lake", in Nabokov's Dozen, p.95
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