On Saturday, 27 January 2018 09:45:08 UTC, Adam Funk wrote:
> On 2018-01-26, Madrigal Gurneyhalt wrote:
> > On Friday, 26 January 2018 20:45:08 UTC, Adam Funk wrote:
> >> On 2018-01-26, Wayne Brown wrote:
> >> > On Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:07:42 in article <firstname.lastname@example.org> Madrigal Gurneyhalt <***@googlemail.com> wrote:
> >> >> On Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:55:38 UTC, Wayne Brown wrote:
> >> >>> I've wondered for years if their names were intended to bring to mind
> >> >>> both Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" and the characters Boris Drubetskoy
> >> >>> and Natasha Rostova from "War and Peace."
> >> >>>
> >> >>
> >> >> Why? It takes 5 seconds to look it up on Wikipedia and have it
> >> >> confirmed.
> >> >
> >> > Well, I don't automatically take every idle speculation, opinion,
> >> > theory and conjecture that I formed decades ago and look them up
> >> > on Wikipedia to confirm them, unless there's something important
> >> > depending on them. And then I usually look for confirmation from
> >> > a more reliable source than Wikipedia. (Wikipedia undoubtedly does
> >> > play a part in forming some of the NEW idle speculations, opinions,
> >> > theories and conjectures that I'll be holding for the next two or
> >> > three decades, if I live that long.)
> >> I was aware of the Godunov pun, which is in Wikipedia, but where does
> >> it mention _War and Peace_?
> > It doesn't! He was right about Boris, wrong about Natasha.
> I haven't read _War and Peace_ , but if those characters' names are
> correct, it's certainly plausible that the R&BS's creators were
> influenced by them. Some true things are not covered in Wikipedia.
Except that this one is. The creators intention was always to have a
femme fatale gag. Natasha was simply a very common Russian name.
Hence Natasha Fatale. Whilst the Boris Godunov comparison is
reasonably accessible, being the eponymous title of various works
including an opera, a play and a novel, to 'get' a play on Natasha you
would have to have read or at least be familiar with War and Peace,
and conclude that Natasha in that work is a femme fatale (which she
really isn't). On the basis of simplest explanation is sufficient, if nothing
else, I am confident in my original assessment.