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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #1

Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. (1.1.1)

Everything about Lolita fills Humbert with pleasure, even the feeling of saying her name. There is no single part of her that he does not turn into a fetish object.

Quote #2

You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. (1.1.3)

Humbert loves to make striking statements. Not only does he confess a crime early in the novel, but he also draws attention to the quality of his own writing.

Quote #3

Let me remind you my reader that in England […] the term "girl-child" is defined as "a girl who is over eight but under fourteen. (1.5.9)

Humbert pays close attention to definitions. He is also eager to sway his readers, whom he often addresses as his "jury."

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