Symbols can be words, images, body language, sounds, etc. For a simple example of symbolic language: If I want to communicate happiness, it can be as simple as offering symbolic emoji to a friend. That said, most symbols, and our use of them in practice, is anything but simple.
Critical attention so far has been focused, of course, on the "referential mania" of the insane protagonist, who believes that "everything happening around him is a veiled reference to his personality and existence: Yet the idea of seeing a model for the reader's response in the boy's pan-semiotic approach to reality, however tempting, should be rejected from the very start for several simple reasons.
First, "referential mania" is limited to natural phenomena clouds, trees, sun flecks, pools, air, mountains and random artifacts glass surfaces, coats in store windows but "excludes real people from the conspiracy," while the story deals with human beings in the urban setting and focuses upon cultural systems of communication and transportation: The only exception is the image of "a tiny half-dead unfledged bird" helplessly twitching in a puddle "under a swaying and dripping tree"--a symbolic parallel to the sick boy's situation and his parents' perception of him.
Second, the boy's reading of the world is auto-referential and egocentric every alleged signifier refers only to the boy himselfwhile the story concerns three major characters and a dozen minor ones, whether named or unnamed. Last but not least, "referential mania," unlike the "allusions to trick-reading" in "The Vane Sisters," does not point at any applicable code, as the boy himself is unable to decipher secret messages: So the description of "referential mania" can not serve as a "prompt" suggesting some way of identifying and solving a textual riddle; instead of providing a specific clue, it sets metafictional guidelines, introducing a group of semiotic motifs that refer to the structure of the text itself.
If cleared of their psychiatric smoke screen, the key words in the passage form a kind of instruction for the reader to "puzzle out" an inherent "system" of the story, to look for a "veiled reference" to the boy's fate--its central "theme," to "intercept" and "decode" some "transmitted" message containing "information regarding him," to crack a "cipher" encrypted "in manual alphabet.
The metafictional commentary is complemented by Nabokov's stock auto-allusions. It has been noted that the boy's cousin, a "famous chess player""is perhaps a projection of Luzhin in Nabokov's Defense, who is also a victim of referential mania. There is also a strong hint at a divinational code, as the three cards that slip from the couch to the floor are conspicuously named knave of hearts, nine of spades, ace of spades and form a standard fortune-telling packet or triad.
If interpreted according to a traditional Russian system, they seem to foretell some tragic loss ace of spadesgrief and tears nine of spades with respect to a single young man knave of hearts. Yet in cardomancy, to quote the Encyclopedia Britannica, "the same 'lie' of the cards may be diversely interpreted to meet different cases" and much depends on the position of a card representing the object of fortune telling.
It is significant that Nabokov's divinational "packet" of three cards is "laid" side by side with photographs of the couple's German maid Elsa and her "bestial beau," who in the context of the story personify forces of evil responsible for the suffering of the innocent, for the death of Aunt Rosa and "all the people she had worried about," and for the Holocaust.
Their representations then should be regarded as an integral part of the whole "lie"--as quasi-cards standing for the "inquirers" of fortune telling. It is to the dismal fate of blondes Besties at the end of the World War Two that the ominous combination of spades refers: The sequence of three cards and two photograph, however, brings us to the last potential code suggested by the text--to numerical cryptography and numerology.
From the very start the narration in "Signs and Symbols" registers and emphasizes numbers cf.: The couple lives on the third floor; they go through three misfortunes on their way to the hospital Underground, bus, rain and encounter three bad omens on their way back a bird, a crying girl, and misplaced keys ; the name of Soloveichik from the Russian for nightingale the old woman's friend, is echoed twice in the truncated, Americanized versions Solov and Sol; 15 as we have seen, three cards fall to the floor and, of course, there are three telephone calls in the finale.
The story begins on Friday, the fifth day of the week; the life of the couple has passed through five locations Minsk, Leipzig, Berlin, Leipzig, New York ; the woman looks at five photographs of her son that represent five stages of his descent into madness--from a sweet baby to a sour insane boy of ten, "inaccessible to normal minds"; in the end the father reads five "eloquent labels" on the fruit jelly jars--apricot, grape, beech plum, quince, and crab apple: At last, there is the longest and singular sequence of "ten different fruit jellies in ten little jars"which is connected to a theme of birth after all, it is the birthday present and is mentioned five times in the text.
The only thing we can more or less safely bet on is that the jellies in the jars from no. If projected upon the life-stories of the insane boy and his parents, this duality infers a jarring question: As in the case of the ten jars, we know the meaning of the five stages in their lives but do not seem to have any clue to their future.
However, I believe that there is such a clue in the story and that it is succinctly "spelled out" by the old woman when she answers two after-midnight telephone calls from a nameless girl: The telephone rang for a second time.
The same toneless anxious young voice asked for Charlie.
I will tell you what you are doing; you are turning the letter O instead of the zero. What is most amazing about the old woman's response is that she confronts the nuisance as a kind of a numerical riddle. The woman actually subjects Charlie's number misdialed by the girl to scrutiny and notices that it differs from their own only by the presence of zero in it in Arabic, by the way, zero means cipher.
So she comes to the conclusion that the cause of the mistake is the replacement of the needed numeral by the letter O--or, in other words, a substitution of a sign for a symbol as, according to dictionary definitions, letters or alphabetical characters are signs while figures and numerals ciphers are symbols.
Looking for a plausible explanation of the wrong number, the old woman, in fact, draws attention to the properties of a standard American telephone dial as a crude coding system that consists of 10! Since every numeral on the dial from 2 to 9 is equivalent to three or four letters, it can be used for converting letters into digits and vice versa--that is, for enciphering and deciphering.Visual communication is one of the most important ways that people communicate and share information.
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