Conmal is King Charles’s uncle and Queen Blenda’s half-brother. He is a famous Zemblan translator best known for his translation of William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, the play from which Shade gets the title for “Pale Fire.” Late in the novel, readers learn that Conmal’s grasp of the English language was actually pretty limited, making his translations quite poor.
Conmal Character Timeline in Pale Fire
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...a bit poorer (which might someday be known as “Kinbote’s Law”). Influenced by his uncle Conmal (a Shakespeare translator), Charles the Beloved developed a passion for literature. At age 40, just... (full context)
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