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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Justice and Judgment Quotes

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Quote #4

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the majority of sex offenders that hanker for some throbbing, sweet-moaning, physical but not necessarily coital, relation with a girl-child, are innocuous, inadequate, passive, timid strangers who merely ask the community to allow them to pursue their practically harmless, so-called aberrant behavior, their little hot wet private acts of sexual deprivation without the police and society cracking down on them. We are not sex fiends! (1.20.33)

Be careful when Humbert plays the lawyer. He is very convincing and sympathetic. How does he get to us?

Quote #5

"You're a monster. You're a detestable, abominable, criminal fraud. If you come near—I'll scream out the window. Get back!" (1.22.7)

Charlotte is one of the only people to express this disgust. Perhaps she is smarter than he gives her credit for.

Quote #6

"The word is incest," said Lo—and walked into the closet, walked out again with a young golden giggle […] (1.27.108)

Lolita is way more attuned than Humbert thought she was. She often has moments of keen realization. Why doesn't she just run away?

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