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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Book 1, Chapter 3 Summary

  • Humbert's memory of Annabel is vague as his post-Lolita mind set blurs his visual recollection of his first love.
  • Annabel's parents were seriously uptight.
  • Humbert and Annabel enjoyed discussing what they would do as grown-ups.
  • Hooking up was no easy task, as Annabel's parents would barely let her out of their sight.
  • They enjoyed sexual encounters on the sly, such as holding hands under the sand at the beach. This lack of true action drove them both nuts.
  • Humbert recalls finding an old photograph in which Annabel appears, but is not looking at the camera.
  • Directly after the photograph was taken, Humbert and Annabel made another thwarted attempt to hook up. Four months later she died of typhus on the island of Corfu.

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