Quotation by Vladimir Nabokov

Phenomenal nature shadows him wherever he goes. Clouds in the staring sky transmit to one another, by means of slow signs, incredibly detailed information regarding him. His inmost thoughts are discussed at nightfall, in manual alphabet, by darkly gesticulating trees. Pebbles or stains or sunflecks form patterns representing in some awful way messages which he must intercept. Everything is a cipher and of everything he is the theme.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. "Signs and Symbols," Nabokov's Dozen (1958).

Called in the story "Referential Mania."
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