A Zemblan actor and filmmaker, Odon is King Charles’s most loyal ally in the palace. After the Zemblan revolution, he pretends to be a revolutionary so that he can stay close to King Charles and help relay messages between the King and his followers. Odon is instrumental to helping King Charles to flee Zembla; he plans various aspects of the King’s escape, transports him across the border, and even impersonates him to help throw the police off his trail. According to the novel’s index, Odon is an alias for Donald O’Donnell; indeed, Odon is Sylvia O’Donnell’s son, and he puts Charles in touch with his mother, who eases his transition to America by finding him a job at Wordsmith. After Odon and Charles flee Zembla, Odon moves to Paris to direct movies.
Odon Character Timeline in Pale Fire
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Commentary: Lines 149-214
...conspiracy. After the King escaped, the extremists believed for almost a year that he and Odon were still in Zembla. As the extremists were obsessed with planes, the government shut down... (full context)
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...was driving to the villa of Joseph Lavender, an art enthusiast who was possibly harboring Odon. Gradus would pretend to be an art dealer and try to casually gain information about... (full context)
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...in exile who has nothing—no fame, future, or audience—except his art. He might work with Odon on a movie about escaping Zembla, or pander to middlebrow theater critics by writing a... (full context)