Lolita | Study Guide

Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita | Characters

Character Description Traits
Humbert Humbert Humbert Humbert is the novel's unreliable narrator, a European intellectual who has settled in America and become obsessed with a 12-year-old girl. Read More egotistical, manipulative, immoral, aesthetic
Lolita "Lolita" is the name Humbert Humbert gives to Dolores Haze, the 12-year-old object of Humbert's desire. Read More lively, intelligent, precocious, vulnerable
Charlotte Haze Lolita's mother and a widow, Charlotte Haze rents a room to Humbert Humbert and later marries him. Read More conventional, humorless, middle class, widowed
Clare Quilty Often referred to by critics as Humbert's "double," Clare Quilty is a playwright, pervert, and pedophile who shares Humbert's obsession with Lolita. Read More playwright, pedophile, double
Annabel The childhood sweetheart with whom he tried vainly to have sex, Annabel was Humbert's first and most important "nymphet" until Lolita.
Barbara Burke Lolita's summer camp friend; she and Lolita take turns experimenting with sex with Charlie Holmes.
Mona Dahl A friend of Lolita's at Beardsley who also has a role in the play The Enchanted Hunters, Mona helps Lolita by covering for her when Humbert wants to know her whereabouts.
Vivian Darkbloom Vivian Darkbloom, whose name is an anagram of Vladimir Nabokov, is the coauthor with Clare Quilty of The Enchanted Hunters, the play in which Lolita stars while in high school.
Jean Farlow A friend of Charlotte's and the wife of John Farlow, Jean is attracted to Humbert and later dies of cancer.
John Farlow A friend of Humbert's and Charlotte's in Ramsdale, John Farlow is a shy man who takes care of Humbert's estate while Humbert is on the road with Lolita.
Gaston Godin Another, less important double of Humbert, Gaston Godin is a fellow émigré (and pedophile) who helps Humbert get a job at Beardsley College.
Charlie Holmes Son of the director of Camp Q, Charlie is a 13-year-old boy with whom Lolita has her first sexual encounter.
Mrs. Holmes Mrs. Holmes is the director at Camp Q, Lolita's summer camp.
Maximovich Maximovich is a taxi driver and an ex-colonel in the Russian army; he runs off with Humbert's first wife, Valeria.
Monique Monique is a French prostitute who initially seems to Humbert like a young "nymphet."
Miss Pratt Miss Pratt is the headmistress of the Beardsley School for girls who senses something is wrong with Lolita's development and calls Humbert in for a discussion.
Dr. Ivor Quilty Dr. Ivor Quilty is Clare Quilty's uncle and a dentist in Ramsdale.
John Ray Jr., PhD The fictional Dr. John Ray is a psychologist and the author of the preface to Lolita.
Rita A kind, alcoholic, and charming divorcée, Rita is Humbert's constant companion for two years until he leaves her "dead to the world" upon receiving a letter from Lolita.
Dick Schiller Lolita's husband and the father of her unborn child, Dick Schiller is a kind engineer and veteran who lost some hearing in a war.
Valeria Humbert's first wife whom he marries in an effort to be normal, Valeria leaves Humbert for a taxi driver, Maximovich.
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