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Hi there,

"They[the dead people] sit apart, frowning at the floor, as if death were a dark taint, a shameful family secret. It is certainly not then — not in
dreams — but when one is wide awake, at moments of robust joy and achievement, on the highest terrace of consciousness, that mortality has a chance to peer beyond its own limits, from the mast, from the past and its castle-tower. And although nothing much can be seen through the mist, there is somehow the blissful feeling that one is looking in the right direction."

—Vladimir Nabokov, A Memoir

Is the underlined "mast" used metaphorically? Does it allude to something? I only know its meaning as the vertical supports for sails.


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