Pale Fire


Vladimir Nabokov

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Niagarin Character Analysis

Niagarin is a Russian man working for the Zemblan extremists, and he is Andronnikov’s partner. Niagarin and Andronnikov are hired by the Zemblan extremists to find the crown jewels, and they are later tasked with breaking into Queen Disa’s French villa to steal paperwork regarding King Charles’s secret whereabouts. Like Andronnikov, Niagarin is an extremely pleasant man. He is short and overweight, and he is quite charming.
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Niagarin Character Timeline in Pale Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Niagarin appears in Pale Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Commentary: Lines 662-872
Identity, Delusion, and Loneliness Theme Icon
Loss and Longing Theme Icon
...a reflection of the Russian men’s skills. Their names (though possibly invented) were Andronnikov and Niagarin and they were quite attractive and nice people. Andronnikov was tall, happy, and handsome, whereas... (full context)
Identity, Delusion, and Loneliness Theme Icon
...outside because it kept his mind occupied. He hadn’t yet been told that Andronnikov and Niagarin would be helping him, and he passed them on the street having only barely recognized... (full context)
Identity, Delusion, and Loneliness Theme Icon
Patterns, Fate, and Coincidence Theme Icon
...of northern Zembla. The man told Gradus he would be flying to New York—Andronnikov and Niagarin had found in Disa’s home a letter with the King’s new address. Izumrudov then left,... (full context)