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Thread: Kinbote, Illinois: A Serial

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    Episode #6

    He was born without a name
    Left on a door step in Ohio
    By his father Uther
    King in Kinbote.

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    Episode #7

    Seated woman in meditation
    Staring at a vase of flowers in front of her.

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    What happens next, Kinbote?
    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
    ~Albert Einstein

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    Episode #8

    Hidden within these words posted here
    Is a puzzle of elegant simplicity
    Easy to solve with a little thought.
    Though hard to find if one does not see
    Each story gives a clue
    Each word contains the code
    Each character representing an idea
    Seek and you will find not what you seek
    Experience and you will find salvation.

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    Episode #9

    Above the clouds I see the dark
    Below the clouds I see the light
    In between lies the birds.

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    Hidden within these words posted here
    Is a puzzle of elegant simplicity
    Easy to solve with a little thought.
    Though hard to find if one does not see
    Each story gives a clue
    Each word contains the code
    Each character representing an idea
    Seek and you will find not what you seek
    Experience and you will find salvation.
    How curious...

    Above the clouds I see the dark
    Below the clouds I see the light
    In between lies the birds.
    Beautifully written.
    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
    ~Albert Einstein

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    Episode #10

    Maddie serving as a refugee
    On an alien space station
    Light years away
    Once a slave at the mercy Of the Orias witch.

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    Hints to the solution of the puzzle:

    Kinbote is the name of Charles Kinbote, the protagonist of Nabokov's "Pale Fire". In archaic English it was a legal term sometimes spelled "cynbote", and referred to reparations paid to the people after their king was killed. In "Pale Fire", "Kinbote" may also have been an anagram for Botkin or Botkine. Benjamin Botkin was a U.S. folklorist, and Yevgeny Botkin was the court physician to the last Tsar. The flying monarchs referred to in the story might be butterflies, or kings (Charles Kinbote was either the deposed king of Zembla or a madman).

    I'm not sure what this puzzle is hinting at (I just read it two minutes ago for the first time), but perhaps the hints I've offered here might help others solve it. Nabokov loved puzzles, and "Pale Fire" is one long puzzle (among other things).

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    Episode #11

    Underneath the ground digging out
    vast chasms lie the dwarfs of myth
    in eternal struggle against
    the mighty goblins borne from dark
    demons out of the circus of hell.

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