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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Book 1, Chapter 1 Summary

  • Humbert describes the pleasure he derives from saying Lolita's name and cites its many variations – Dolores, Lo, Dolly.
  • Before Lolita, he had another "girl-child" (1.1.2) lover.
  • Humbert refers to himself as a murderer with a good prose style.
  • He refers to the reader as "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury" (1.1.4), preparing us to hear his dark tale.

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