"Now the object proved to be a giant polygonal Faber pencil, four feet long and correspondingly thick"
World's second largest pencil, outside the Schloss von Faber Castell in Stein
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As is fitting for a writer who never learnt to type, pencils are one of Speak, Memory's leitmotifs. (see Bookmark to page 146) This scene, in which Nabokov's mother returns from town to his sickbed with a giant Faber (Castell) pencil is one of the most vivid and symbolic in the book.