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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Book 1, Chapter 12 Summary

  • Humbert thinks up ways to gratify himself without violating Lolita's chastity.
  • Plans to go to Hourglass Lake with Lolita and Mrs. Haze must constantly be rescheduled, much to Humbert's irritation. The fact that one of Lolita's pals will be joining them when they do go irks him even more.
  • Humbert lapses into thoughts of how fate (what he calls McFate) brought him and Lolita together – thanks to some old woman named Miss Phalen breaking her hip.

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