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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Justice and Judgment Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

"You chump […] You revolting creature. I was a daisy-fresh girl, and look what you've done to me. I ought to call the police and tell them you raped me. Oh, you dirty, dirty old man." (1.32.33)

Lolita plays a lot of games with Humbert. She enjoys making these accusations and expressing disgust. Can we ever get a sense of what she is thinking?

Quote #8

"Because you took advantage of a sinner/because you took advantage/because you took/because you took advantage of my disadvantage […] /because of all you did/because of all I did not/you have to die." (2.35.63, 73)

Humbert reads the allegations to Clare Quilty. How different is he from this enemy?

Quote #9

I stopped in the doorway and said: "I have just killed Clare Quilty." "Good for you," said the florid fellow as he offered one of the drinks to the elder girl. "Somebody ought to have done it long ago, remarked the fat man." (2.35.85)

There isn't much good behavior in this book. People often seem indifferent to death throughout the novel.

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