| Quote #4
You see, there is no alternative. I have loved you from the minute I saw you. I am a passionate and lonely woman and you are the love of my life. (1.16.2)
Charlotte's impassioned letter to Humbert is received with disgust and delight. Though at first repulsed, Humbert manages to make her love of him part of his plan.
| Quote #5
"But we are lovers, aren't we?" (1.27.43)
Lolita reveals herself as far more precocious savvy than we or Humbert even knew. She knows they are lovers before Humbert even makes his first (sort of) real move. Do we believe this?
| Quote #6
and I looked and looked at her and knew clearly as I know I am to die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth, or hoped for anywhere else. (2.29.67)
It is difficulty to reconcile Humbert's deep love of Lolita and his predatory ways. Do we believe him when he makes these claims? Does he love her or the idea of her?