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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Morality and Ethics Quotes

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Quote #4

One moment I was ashamed and frightened, another recklessly optimistic. Taboos strangled me. (1.5.9)

Even in his early days as a predator, Humbert is torn between desire and law. His emotions are all over the map.

Quote #5

I felt proud of myself. I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor. Absolutely no harm done. (1.14.2)

Humbert comes up with ways to be an undetected pervert. He is not as covert as he thinks.

Quote #6

Simple, was it not? But what d'ye know, folks—I just could not make myself do it! (1.20.32)

Even wicked ol' Humbert couldn't kill Charlotte off to get at Lolita. But we already know he is a murderer…

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