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Part 1, Foreword–Chapter 1 The Foreword comes from the fictional academic John Ray Jr., PhD, an editor with a special affinity for the subject ma... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 2–3 Humbert describes his privileged childhood in Europe. After his mother's and then his aunt's deaths, his wealthy fathe... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 4–5 Humbert begins the chapter wondering if his tendencies (i.e., his sexual interest in young girls) caused or resulted f... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 6–7 Briefly Humbert weighs whether his gaze does damage to those it lands on, but he concludes, "Oh, it was, and remains, ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 8–9 Humbert describes Valeria's initial appeal as well as what makes her ultimately repulsive to him. He gets through his ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 10–11 Humbert looks for and finds a place in New England conducive to working, in which he has renewed interest. He agrees t... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 12–13 Humbert now blames the devil for the pattern of temptation and frustration. He adds that he was practiced at achieving... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 14–15 Humbert says he's proud of himself for accomplishing what he did without Lolita knowing. Indeed he still intended "to ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 16–17 Humbert is in Lolita's closet smelling her clothes when the maid, Louise, hands him a letter from Charlotte detailing ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 18–19 Humbert describes his quiet wedding and marriage to Charlotte in his typical sardonic, distanced, condescending tone. ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 20–21 Humbert learns that Charlotte plans to ship Lolita off to a boarding school. He thinks about how much easier it was to... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 22–23 Anticipating Lolita's arrival home from Camp Q, Humbert visits the doctor and convinces him to provide medicine to mak... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 24–25 Humbert is leaving Ramsdale after ten weeks of living there. He reminds us of how attractive his "gloomy good looks" a... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 26–27 Humbert complains about living in jail; he's confused about when events in his story actually happened; he has a heada... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 28–29 Humbert wanders around the hotel as he anticipates his first real sexual experience with Lolita. He justifies his acti... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 30–31 Humbert imagines what he would paint on the murals of The Enchanted Hunters hotel. Now having possessed Lolita, Humber... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 32–33 Humbert explains how Lolita had sex with Charlie Holmes, the camp mistress's son, at Camp Q. They get ready to leave t... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–2 Lolita and Humbert drive all over the United States, from the East to the South and then the West and then to Beardsle... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 3–4 Humbert searches for a beach and water, "a Kingdom by the Sea" so he can truly relive his experience with Annabel, but... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 5–6 Humbert gets to know his neighbors and frets over those who show curiosity about his and Lolita's relationship. Living... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 7–8 Humbert begins to worry that Lolita is becoming immoral. She does not provide him with natural affection, which he wou... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 9–10 Humbert is disappointed in Lolita's girlfriends though he is interested in Eva Rosen, "a displaced little person from ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 11–12 Miss Pratt, the headmistress of the Beardsley School, has a chat with Humbert, informing him about Lolita's progress a... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 13–14 Lolita is very involved in the production of The Enchanted Hunters, and Humbert is not paying much attention to what t... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 15–16 Lolita and Humbert once again set out on the road with Lolita in charge now, tracing the route. Humbert wonders if it'... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 17–18 Humbert feels vaguely that he is in the hands of McFate; he reassures himself that he still has Harold Haze's gun. ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 19–20 As they head toward Wace they stop at a post office to check for forwarded mail. Dolly/Lolita has a letter from her fr... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 21–22 Humbert watches a bather at the swimming pool watch Lolita. Humbert is becoming more and more anxious and paranoid: he... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 23–24 Once Lolita has disappeared Humbert searches for her. He tells himself that Trapp has kidnapped her. He looks for Loli... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 25–26 Three years later Humbert has slowly, with great difficulty, given up some of Lolita's things—her accumulation of teen... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 27–28 Humbert receives two letters. One is from his old Ramsdale neighbor John Farlow. Jean Farlow has died of cancer, and J... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 29–30 Lolita answers the door. She's older, wearing pink-rimmed glasses, and very pregnant. After much prodding she tells Hu... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 31–32 Humbert reviews his "case" and feels that he now sees himself and Dolly/Lolita clearly. He recalls a visit two years e... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 33–34 Humbert returns to Ramsdale and walks through the streets where he used to walk when he lived with Charlotte and Dolly... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 35–36 Humbert enters Pavor Manor (leaving Insomnia Lodge) and puts new cartridges in his gun, which is oily. He worries that... Read More
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