Having finished her pies, she moved towards the clothes-horse, and said, "Come here and tell me the story I told you on Wednesday, about Cincinnatus.
Cincinnatus, I am sure, would have been sorry to see his daughter behave so.
He lived in a magnificent hotel and was one of the matadors of finance, did business with Ouvrard, kept open house, and led the scandalous life of the period,--the life of a Cincinnatus
, on sacks of corn harvested without trouble, stolen rations, "little houses" full of mistresses, in which were given splendid fetes to the Directors of the Republic.
So the Romans reached out to Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
and offered him the job of Emperor, the most esteemed and powerful political position in all the ancient world.
It remained an instrument so long as the slaveowners worked closely with their slaves, often in the fields themselves, as Cincinnatus
was doing when appointed dictator [of Rome] because then the surplus from the slave labor which accumulated to the owner from his legal rights over his slaves could be used for some productive use, since the owner's personal knowledge of the agricultural process permitted him to judge where such investment could best be made.
For example, Cincinnatus
meant curly, Crassus fat, Tacitus silent and Naso having a big nose.
Their Senate was both a Roman name and venue for the Roman vision of the statesman, particularly Cincinnatus
, who left his farm to serve (not rule) and then returned to it when his service was over.
In ancient Roman history, it was Cincinnatus
who was working on his fields as an agrarian, and then he was called to lead the army--and after that was done, he went back and picked up exactly where he left off.
His second picture at the Royal Academy exhibit in 1784, depicting the Roman Senate giving Cincinnatus
command of the army, made a thinly veiled reference to Washington.
Apropos of what has been mentioned already, it should be here emphasized that a mere historical study of the novel is not the nucleus of the present paper, but it does trace what has remained untouched so far in Nabokov's artistic other-voicedness as personalized in the deconstructive character of his protagonist, Cincinnatus
Dick Kates, Oakland, Iowa; and Dean Delavan, Cincinnatus
But he was certainly not an American Caesar or an American Cincinnatus
, and in truth, he may only have been an early Eisenhower.