Pale Fire


Vladimir Nabokov

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Fleur is King Charles’s old friend and the daughter of Queen Blenda’s favorite Countess. Before King Charles marries Queen Disa, Fleur moves into King Charles’s room and tries to seduce him. Of course, King Charles isn’t interested in women, and he ultimately rejects her. Fleur later ends up working for Queen Disa at her French villa.
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Fleur Character Timeline in Pale Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Fleur appears in Pale Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Commentary: Lines 49-98
Identity, Delusion, and Loneliness Theme Icon
Line 80: my bedroom. Charles the Beloved thought of Fleur—the daughter of his mother’s favorite Countess—only as a sister, although other men found her intensely... (full context)
Death, Mystery, and the Afterlife Theme Icon
Loss and Longing Theme Icon
...his mother and would harm her spirit if he didn’t “renounce sodomy.” In that time, Fleur began sleeping on a large swansdown pillow by Charles’s bed and, under her mother’s instruction,... (full context)