Vladmir Nabokov

The long a of the English alphabet…has for me the tint of weathered wood, but a French a evokes polished ebony. This black group also includes hard g (vulcanized rubber) and r (a sooty rag being ripped). Oatmeal n , noodle-limp l , and the ivory backed hand mirror of o take care of the whites.
–Nabokov, Speak Memory 1966

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