So Puri couldn't sleep and was innocently rereading the Annotated Lolita
. Cue big giant footnote regarding the origin of John Ray Jr.'s name. So the original John Ray was known for his systems of natural classification. "His system of plant classification greatly influenced the development of systematic botany (Historia plantarium,
1686-1704). He was the first to attempt a definition of what constitutes a species." It's important to know that Vladimir Nabokov is a lepidopterist and has a giant passion for butterflies. Ray's system of insects, set up by Methodus insectorum
(1705) and Historia insectorum
(1713) is based on the concept of metamorphosis. So Ray Jr.'s name isn't a coincidence at all. You know who first pointed that out?Diana Butler
in "Lolita Lepidoptera," New World Writing 16
Here's what's interesting. At the end of the 6th movie, Diane and Butler stay at Fauns to rebuild the damage caused by the demon Groudon and to research plant life. Diane may or may not have mentioned that plants were her dream. Butler was a scientist himself, was he? What brought Nabokov great joy was the awe of capturing a rare and beautiful butterfly. Genus
: The Orange Margined Blues. The recent work of Nabokov has entirely rearranged the classification of this genus." To which the author of Lolita pointed to the description for a friend and said, "That's real fame. That means more than anything a literary critic could say."
Butler loved to make other people happy. But Team Magma jeered him away and his obsession for power and proving them wrong cost him dearly. Whenever he was a magician for Diane, whether she be his audience or assistant, are those excerpts from Nabokov's poem, "A Discovery", the type of joy he sought and thought he could find in capturing Jirachi?
I found it and I named it, being versed
in taxonomic Latin; thus became
godfather to an insect and its first
describer--and I want no other fame.
Wide open on its pin (though fast asleep),
and safe from creeping relatives and rust,
in the secluded stronghold where we keep
type specimens it will transcend its dust.
Dark pictures, thrones, the stones that pilgrims kiss,
poems that take a thousand years to die
but ape the immortality of this
red label on a little butterfly.
Why don't they have this stuff on Bulbapedia? Still, I feel super finding this out on my own. Gosh, I feel super excited in knowing one of my Pokemon OTPs is associated with one of my favorite authors! :o