A children’s playwright, child pornographer, and the novel’s villain. Quilty is Humbert Humbert’s double and spiritual twin: a fellow pedophile, writer, and brilliant student of literature. Quilty is not revealed as a major character until the end of the novel, but clues to his identity are strewn throughout the book. Lolita falls in love with Quilty, who helps her to escape from Humbert. But she then abandons Quilty when he asks her to perform in his pornographic films. Quilty himself, it turns out, is impotent. At the end of the novel, Humbert Humbert murders Quilty in his decadent manor house.
Clare Quilty Quotes in Lolita
The Lolita quotes below are all either spoken by Clare Quilty or refer to Clare Quilty. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of Lolita published in 1989.).
Part 2, Chapter 35 Quotes
We rolled all over the floor, in each other’s arms, like two huge helpless children. He was naked and goatish under his robe, and I felt suffocated as he rolled over me. I rolled over him. We rolled over me. They rolled over him. We rolled over us.
Clare Quilty Character Timeline in Lolita
The timeline below shows where the character Clare Quilty appears in Lolita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 8
...copies a “dazzling coincidence”—a section of a book containing a mention of a man named Clare Quilty. Quilty is a dramatist known for his work with a certain Vivian Darkbloom writing... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 16
...his name written next to a handsome male face, and another depicting a famous playwright, Clare Quilty. His snooping is interrupted by a call from the maid, Louise, the only other... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 29
...identity of the man who took her away. Initially reluctant, she finally reveals his name: Clare Quilty, the author of The Enchanted Hunters. Quilty, who had been a friend of Charlotte’s,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 36