Pale Fire


Vladimir Nabokov

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Sylvia O’Donnell Character Analysis

A wealthy socialite with several ex-husbands, Sylvia is Odon’s mother and a trustee at Wordsmith College. At Odon’s behest, she helps King Charles immigrate to America by picking him up when he parachutes into a field outside Baltimore, letting him stay in her home for a time, and then getting him a job at Wordsmith.
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Sylvia O’Donnell Character Timeline in Pale Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Sylvia O’Donnell 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
Death, Mystery, and the Afterlife Theme Icon
...In disguise, Charles dropped from a plane and landed, with a parachute, in a field. Sylvia O’Donnell’s chauffeur picked him up in a Rolls Royce, and inside Sylvia had left a... (full context)
Identity, Delusion, and Loneliness Theme Icon
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Sylvia was Wordsmith’s primary trustee, and she arranged for Kinbote’s job there. When Charles arrived at... (full context)