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by Vladimir Nabokov

Love Quotes

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Quote #1

All at once we were madly, clumsily, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other; hopelessly, I should add, because the frenzy of mutual possession might have been assuaged only by our actually imbibing and assimilating every particle of each other's soul and flesh. (1.3.3)

Humbert poetically describes his feelings for his first love, Annabel. His affection is almost like a desire to consume. This imagery will return with Lolita.

Quote #2

I broke her spell by incarnating her in another. (1.3.4)

Humbert often describes love in fairy tale terms. Lolita cures him of his thwarted love of his first nymphet.

Quote #3

I knew that I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not forever be Lolita. (1.15.3)

Humbert expresses genuine feelings of love toward Lolita, which are often difficult to process given his treatment of her. As suggested here, however, the love seems contingent on Lolita being a nymphet. Does this turn out to be true?

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