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A characteristic example of a fatidic date in the Commentary, Pushkin's birth in 1799, also brings together Nabokov's ideas on the relation of life and art.
The final is a rather strained survey of fatidic dates (of the 'Poetics of Dates') in Nabokov.
In the epithalamium, they chant about Achilles's future life while laboring at their threads, and their strophic hymn corresponds to the fatidic "twisting" (the Latin "torquere") which dictates the life-course of every human being.
Unbeknownst to each other, Sam Sharp just happens to fly in from Hollywood and Fanny Tarrant purposely misses her flight to Istanbul, at practically the same moment of the day, to break in on Eleanor and Adrian Ludlow's cottage near London's Gatwick Airport, and all this just happens to coincide with a third event of that same fatidic day, Princess Diana's dying in a motor accident in Paris.
As early as Bethlehem, for every fatidic syllable on frazzled nerves or love gone wrong, rattlesnakes and mesquite, there was also a reporter's curiosity about Alcatraz, Newport and body bags from Vietnam.
Fatidic horse heads, vignetted in ovals at the corners, suggest military authority.
Although Aoun served as Prime Minister from September 22, 1988 to October 13, 1990, when two rival governments contended for power at the height of the civil war, his "Liberation War" against Syrian occupation; subsequent flight to France that meant abandoning hundreds of unarmed soldiers and civilians who were mauled down by Damascus; anti-Sunni positions after the 2005 withdrawal of Syrian troops that allowed him to return to Lebanon; his fatidic 2006 Memorandum of Understanding with Hezbollah; and a controversial 2009 visit to Syria at the invitation of the BaaACAyath regime; all sealed his fate.