| Quote #7
He was the only man she had ever been crazy about […] And I had never counted, of course? (2.29.30)
Learning that Lolita actually loved Clare Quilty is deeply disturbing. How can this be? Humbert longs to know her feelings for him, even after so many years.
| Quote #8
"Lolita," I said, "this may be neither here nor there but I have to say it. Life is very short. From here to that old car you know so well there is a stretch of twenty, twenty-five paces. It is a very short walk. Make those twenty-five steps. Now. Right now. Come just as you are. And we shall live happily ever after." (2.29.68)
Humbert's last ditch effort to win Lolita back stirs feelings in the reader. Do we actually want her to leave Dick and return to Humbert? What's the deal?
| Quote #9
I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t'aimais, je t'aimais. (2.32:4)
Humbert writes a lot about loving Lolita. His expressions of love and expressions of guilt often go together. Why?