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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Justice and Judgment Quotes

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Quote #1

"Humbert Humbert," their author, had died in legal captivity, of coronary thrombosis, on November 16, 1952, a few days before his trial was scheduled to start. (Fore.1)

Such information does not have much meaning to us yet. We know already though that a certain criminal will not be brought to justice.

Quote #2

References to "H.H."'s crime may be looked up by the inquisitive in the daily papers for September-October 1952; its cause and purpose would have continued to remain a complete mystery, had not this memoir been permitted to come under my reading lamp. (Fore.2)

The author of the words is at pains to present the facts. He also wants us to know about the significance of what we are about to read. Consider these words as you proceed into the "memoir."

Quote #3

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one. (1.1.4)

Humbert is addressing the reader. Does he think a jury will read his novel, or does he see the readers as his ultimate judges?

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