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Quote #1

America, the country of rosy children and great trees, where life would be such an improvement on dull dingy Paris. (1.8.4)

Humbert draws many comparisons between Europe ("the Old World") and America. Consider all of the qualities he associates with America.

Quote #2

[Lolita] grasped [the apple] and bit into it, and my heart was like snow under thin crimson skin, and with the monkeyish nimbleness that was so typical of that American nymphet, she snatched out of my abstract grip the magazine. (1.13.6)

Humbert is aroused and amused by American children. Their freshness and friskiness is a source of endless fascination. How are they different from European children?

Quote #3

I know how reserved you are, how "British." Your old-world reticence, your sense of decorum may be shocked by the boldness of an American girl! (1.16.5)

Charlotte truly misreads Humbert. She imagines herself as the inappropriate and brazen one.

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