Study Guide

Lolita Characters

By Vladimir Nabokov

Humbert Humbert

Pervert and pedophile? Yes. Rapist? Yes. Murderer? Sure. Predatory, compulsive egomaniac? You...

Lolita

Lolita at first sight:[…] without the least warning, a blue sea-wave swelled under my heart...

Clare Quilty

"A broad-backed man, baldish, in an oatmeal coat and dark-brown trousers" (2.18.3). Clare Quilty...

Charlotte Haze

This is how Humbert describes Lolita's mother, Charlotte Haze:The poor lady was in her middle...

Annabel Leigh

Annabel is Humbert's childhood love and first nymphet. Humbert often references their thwarted...

John Ray, Jr., Ph.D.

Ray is the editor and author of the Foreword to Humbert's memoir. Ray is a stuffy and...

Valeria

Valeria is Humbert's first wife, whom he married in an effort to cure himself from his desire for...

Rita

Rita is a good-natured divorcée who goes along for the ride on Humbert's crazy quest around...

Jean Farlow

Jean is the wife of John Harlow and friend and neighbor to the Hazes. Humbert describes her as...

John Farlow

John is the husband of Jean and friend and neighbor to the Hazes. He handles Charlotte's estate...

Gaston Grodin

A roly-poly clueless acquaintance of Humbert who teaches in the French Department at Beardsley...

Dick Schiller

Dick is Lolita's modest, naïve, working-class husband who knows nothing of her sordid past....

Mona Dahl

Mona is Lolita's BFF at the Beardsley School for girls. She is way too loyal for Humbert's liking...

Mrs. Pratt

Mrs. Pratt is the headmistress of the Beardsley School for girls. Humbert concludes that she is...

Ivor Quilty

The Ramsdale dentist and uncle to Clare Quilty. "A white-smocked, gray-haired man, with a crew...

Monique

A French prostitute who fulfills the requisite qualities of the nymphet, despite being out of the...

Charlie Holmes

Lolita's hook-up at Camp Q. Lolita loses her virginity with him near Lake Climax while her friend...

Frederick Beale, Jr.

A man whom Humbert describes as "the fellow who eliminated my wife" (1.23.18). Beale visits...

Vivian Darkbloom

Clare Quilty's writing partner. Vivian is a "hawk-like, black-haired, strikingly tall woman"...

Louise

Charlotte's "N**** maid, a plump youngish woman" (1.10.11), whom Charlotte wants to replace with...

Shirley Holmes

The director of Camp Q and mother to Charlie.