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Daeman is a seducer of young women and a lepidopterist. At the beginning of the series he is portrayed as a rather lazy and selfish individual, only interested in his own physical appetites.



Literary Connections

His behavior at the beginning of Ilium provides three links to Nabokov:


  • His plans to seduce the young Ada in a manner reminescent of Nabokov's Lolita.
  • He is derived from the character Demon in Nabokov's Ada or Ardor.
  • Nabokov himself was a lepidopterist (collector of butterflies). In fact, Nabokov was a Research Fellow at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard for six years in the 1940s.

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