by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita Language and Communication Quotes
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Let us, however, forget, Dolores Haze, so-called legal terminology, terminology that accepts as rational the term "lewd and lascivious cohabitation." I am not a criminal sexual psychopath taking indecent liberties with a child [. . .] I am your daddum. (2.1. 11)
Humbert spends a lot of time rationalizing his behavior. Somehow, if he can convince Lolita and the reader, perhaps he can also convince himself.
At the very first motel office I visited, Ponderosa Lodge, his entry, among a dozen obviously human ones, read: Dr. Gratiano Forbeson, Mirandola, NY. Its Italian Comedy connotations could not fail to strike me, of course. (2.23.4)
Humbert had found in Clare Quilty a worthy rival. They are both lovers of language and of Lolita.