Lolita: Part Two, Chapters 23–29, page 2

Abstract: Chapter 29

Humbert lastly tracks Lolita all the way down to a small, clapboard
home on Hunter Highway. Lolita has grown taller and wears glasses
now, and is massively pregnant. Although she has matured previous the nymphet
stage, Humbert realizes he nonetheless loves her deeply. Humbert sees
Lolita’s husband, Dick, a easy working man, exterior within the yard.
Lolita tells Humbert that Dick is aware of nothing about their previous sexual
relationship. Humbert realizes that Dick didn’t abduct Lolita from
the hospital, and Lolita, wanting Humbert’s monetary assist, confesses
that the person who took her was the playwright Clare Quilty.

Lolita describes Quilty as the good love of her life.
She tells Humbert that Quilty knew Charlotte and had come to Ramsdale
many occasions to go to his uncle, Ivor Quilty, the dentist. Dick comes
inside the home, and Lolita introduces Humbert as her father. Humbert realizes
that he bears the person no ailing will. When Dick returns exterior, Lolita
continues her story. After she ran away with Quilty, she lived on
his ranch along with his mates, all of whom engaged in unusual sexual practices.
Lolita refused to take part, claiming that she solely cherished Quilty,
and Quilty kicked her out. She discovered work as a waitress and ultimately
met Dick. Humbert realizes that he’ll love Lolita till he dies
and begs her to come back away with him. Lolita thinks Humbert would possibly
give her cash if she goes to a motel with him, however Humbert says
he’ll give her the cash no matter her reply and palms her 4
thousand {dollars}. Lolita is happy by the cash however firmly and gently
refuses to go away with Humbert, saying she would moderately return
to Quilty. Humbert leaves her with the cash and drives off, weeping.


These chapters proceed to play with the concept Lolita has
reworked right into a detective novel. After dropping Lolita, Humbert
goes on a wild goose chase, retracing their earlier highway journeys.
He uncovers seemingly unimaginable coincidences, akin to when he realizes
that he and Lolita met at 342 Garden Avenue, consummated their relationship in
Room 342 of the Enchanted Hunters resort, and registered in 342 motels
throughout the USA. Nevertheless, these clues don’t add as much as something.
In the long run, the presence of those incessant, repetitive numbers
exhibits that Humbert was proper, and McFate did certainly play a task
in his journey. Past that, they characterize nothing greater than a meaningless
string of fascinating flukes.

Equally, the clues that Lolita’s abductor has scattered
alongside the way in which show to be nothing greater than teases, offering insights
into the persona of the kidnapper however no concrete proof as
to his identification. We study that the mysterious stranger is witty
and effectively learn, and shares Humbert’s personal curiosity in puns and phrase
video games. Nevertheless, the anagrams, Latin phrases, and literary allusions
appear to do nothing greater than proclaim their very own presence, since
Humbert ultimately provides up on the prospect of discovering Lolita. The
thriller of Lolita’s disappearance can’t be solved by any atypical
sort of investigation, as we study from the comically ineffectual
detective Humbert finally ends up hiring. Lengthy after any info would possibly
have proved helpful, the personal eye reviews “an eighty-year-old
Indian by the title of Invoice Brown lived close to Dolores, Colo.” The
pretend registry entry for a “Will Brown, Dolores, Colo.” finally ends up having
an surprising foundation in actuality, however the connection stays a specious
one; for all of the names and numbers Humbert collects, they find yourself amounting
to nothing greater than “nonsense knowledge.”

Humbert’s response to dropping Lolita, in addition to his response
to seeing her once more, exemplifies simply how difficult his emotions
for Lolita actually are. Over the course of the novel, Humbert has
at all times strived to reveal that he’s not a typical pedophile.
For instance, he grants his need mythic qualities, describing the
objects of his affection as magical creatures able to bewitching
a person. Humbert believes that, moderately than signifying some sort of
deviant tendency, his love for younger women demonstrates his refined
aesthetic sense. By linking all subsequent women to the unique
woman, Annabel Leigh, Humbert additionally situates the ladies inside the
dramatic narrative arc of his personal life. The nymphets turn out to be symbols
of Humbert’s deep, innate romanticism, not victims of his irregular
appetites. On this part of the novel, his perspective towards nymphets
adjustments. Now that he’s misplaced Lolita, Humbert nonetheless finds himself
sexually drawn to younger women, however he suppresses that craving extra
forcefully and might’t think about copulating with them anymore. When
he sees her once more, he realizes that Lolita is now long gone her
nymphet part, but he finds that he’s nonetheless smitten together with her. It’s
as much as the reader, as Humbert’s jury, to determine whether or not this devotion
constitutes a genuinely selfless love and, if that’s the case, whether or not that excuses
Humbert’s crimes.

Equally, we have now to find out whether or not Clare Quilty’s
crimes are categorically worse than Humbert’s. Humbert would argue
that his emotions for Lolita are authentically romantic, whereas Clare’s
are basely sexual. Humbert has at all times located his relationship
with Lolita in a bigger inventive context, evaluating the 2 of them
to figures from literature and historical past. Clare is an artist as effectively
however produces the sort of artwork Humbert denigrates as vulgar and unsubtle. Given
that Humbert has at all times tried—unsuccessfully—to domesticate a style
for fantastic artwork in Lolita, the truth that Lolita believes Clare to be a
“genius” appears cruelly ironic. Humbert feels disgusted by Clare’s try
to make use of his standing as an artist to protect and excuse his perverse habits.
Nevertheless, Humbert is simply as responsible of artistically manipulating
the scenario. In any case, Lolita shouldn’t be a simple,
disinterested account of the occasions in query. Humbert has taken literature,
his chosen medium, and original a bit of artwork that beguiles its
viewers as cleverly as Lolita beguiles him.


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