Baroque in Hackney says “The pun is mighter than the sword“:
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I think puns are pretty much the highest form of humour – using the most parts of the brain to the most effect …
The occasion? Edmund Wilson’s advice to Nabokov that Maud referred to:
… do please refrain from puns, to which I see you have a slight propensity. They are pretty much excluded from serious journalism here.