Lolita

Lolita

Lolita (Dolores Haze) Character Analysis

The novel’s title character, and Humbert Humbert’s great nymphet love. Lolita begins the novel as a flirtatious, energetic twelve-year-old interested in comic books, crooners, and becoming a movie star. Her kidnapping and rape by Humbert Humbert—whom she reluctantly comes to view as a father—ruins her childhood. In her adolescence, Lolita learns acting and how to play tennis. As she matures, she gets better and better at manipulating Humbert. Eventually, she is able to plan an escape with her lover, the playwright and pornographer Clare Quilty. She leaves Quilty when he asks her to act in his porn films. She marries Dick Schiller, an engineer, and dies in childbirth on Christmas Day, 1952.

Lolita (Dolores Haze) Quotes in Lolita

The Lolita quotes below are all either spoken by Lolita (Dolores Haze) or refer to Lolita (Dolores Haze). 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:
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Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 9
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Part 1, Chapter 8 Quotes

Quine the Swine. Guilty of killing Quilty. Oh, my Lolita, I have only words to play with!

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 32
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Part 1, Chapter 13 Quotes

Lolita had been safely solipsized.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 60
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…and my moaning mouth, gentlemen of the jury, almost reached her bare neck, while I crushed out against her left buttock the last throb of the longest ecstasy man or monster had ever known.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 61
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Part 1, Chapter 14 Quotes

I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor. Absolutely no harm done. The conjurer had poured milk, molasses, foaming champagne into a young lady’s new white purse; and lo, the purse was intact.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 62
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Part 1, Chapter 33 Quotes

In the gay town of Lepingville I bought her four books of comics, a box of candy, a box of sanitary pads, two cokes, a manicure set, a travel clock with a luminous dial, a ring with a real topaz, a tennis racket, roller skates with high white shoes, a portable radio set, chewing gum, a transparent raincoat, sunglasses, some more garments—swooners, shorts, all kinds of summer frocks. At the hotel we had separate rooms, but in the middle of the night she came sobbing into mine, and we made it up very gently. You see, she had absolutely nowhere else to go.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Related Symbols: Motels and Rented Houses
Page Number: 141-142
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Part 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

Mentally, I found her to be a disgustingly conventional little girl. Sweet hot jazz, square dancing, gooey fudge sundaes, musicals, movie magazines and so forth—these were the obvious items in her list of beloved things.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 148
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If some café sign proclaimed Icecold Drinks, she was automatically stirred, although all drinks everywhere were ice-cold. She it was to whom ads were dedicated: the ideal consumer, the subject and object of every foul poster.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 148
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

My only grudge against nature was that I could not turn my Lolita inside out and apply voracious lips to her young matrix, her unknown heart, her nacreous liver, the sea-grapes of her lungs, her comely twin kidneys.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 165
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Part 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, dreamy, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night—every night, every night—the moment I feigned sleep.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Related Symbols: Motels and Rented Houses
Page Number: 175
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Part 2, Chapter 7 Quotes

O Reader! Laugh not, as you imagine me, on the very rack of joy noisily emitting dimes and quarters, and great big silver dollars like some sonorous, jingly and wholly demented machine vomiting riches; and in the margin of that leaping epilepsy she would firmly clutch a handful of coins in her little fist, which, anyway, I used to pry open afterwards unless she gave me the slip, scrambling away to hide her loot.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 184
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Part 2, Chapter 29 Quotes

I could not kill her, of course, as some have thought. You see, I loved her. It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 270
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Part 2, Chapter 36 Quotes

I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.

Related Characters: Humbert Humbert (speaker), Lolita (Dolores Haze)
Page Number: 309
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Lolita (Dolores Haze) Character Timeline in Lolita

The timeline below shows where the character Lolita (Dolores Haze) appears in Lolita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Foreword
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The foreword to “Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male,” is written by the fictional psychologist John... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 1
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Humbert Humbert begins his manuscript by repeating the name Lolita in various ways, lingering on the mouth sensations associated with saying it. He mentions a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
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...that he can no longer visualize her in full detail, since the singular image of Lolita has fully replaced her in his mind. Nevertheless, he tries to describe the story of... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4
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...connection there might be between his young romance with Annabel and his adult obsession with Lolita. Were these normal pubescent feelings, or did his perverse sexual tastes begin then? He concludes... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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...her house, until she leads him outside to the piazza and garden. There, he sees Dolores—Charlotte’s daughter, whom she calls “Lo,” and “Lolita”—for the first time. Lolita is sunbathing and wears... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
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...Haze’s in the summer of 1947. The diary is a record of his attraction to Lolita—and sometimes the weather—which unfolds over several weeks in June. He writes it in his most... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 12
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...his diary, Humbert Humbert complains of the frustration he felt at being so close to Lolita, while remaining unable to sexually possess her. He imagines his desire as a devil who... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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...Hamiltons. But the Sunday outing is cancelled by Charlotte when the Hamilton daughter gets sick. Lolita, furious, refuses to go to church with her mother. Charlotte leaves her at home with... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 15
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Although she doesn’t want to go, Charlotte sends Lolita off to summer camp. Humbert Humbert, distraught, considers leaving the house until she returns. He... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 20
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...walk from the parking lot to the beach, Charlotte tells Humbert she plans to send Lolita to boarding school immediately after camp. Humbert, horrified, excuses himself by claiming he needs to... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 21
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With Lolita off at camp, Humbert Humbert and Charlotte spend the months of June and July together... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 22
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...prescribe him sleeping pills. He tests these pills on Charlotte, meaning to use them on Lolita when she returns from camp. Worried that they aren’t strong enough, Humbert goes back to... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 23
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...later, he can only make out a few sentences. One of the letters was for Lolita, another was for the headmistress of a reform school, and another was clearly addressed to... (full context)
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...Realizing that he’s been given a perfect opportunity, he schemes up a way to remove Lolita from Camp Q and become her guardian. First, he fakes a call to the camp... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 24
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...Jean Farlow help Humbert Humbert to load up his belongings for the trip to fetch Lolita. Just before he goes, Jean corners him in the hallway and tries to kiss him;... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 25
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Humbert Humbert drives to Camp Q to pick up Lolita. He is anxious, fearing that Lolita will mistrust him, or that someone will realize he... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 27
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Humbert Humbert picks up Lolita at Camp Q. He tells her that Charlotte is very sick, and pretends they are... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 28
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As he waits for Lolita to fall asleep, Humbert Humbert walks through the hotel. He reaches a pinnacle of happiness... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert returns to the room to molest Lolita. To his surprise, she wakes up easily; the pill given to him by the doctor... (full context)
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...Finally, in an effort at justification, Humbert tells his readers that he was not even Lolita’s first lover. (full context)
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Later in the morning, Lolita tells Humbert Humbert about her first sexual experience, which took place at Camp Q. It... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 33
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Lolita is shocked at the news of her mother's death. To calm her down, Humbert Humbert... (full context)
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Lolita and Humbert Humbert spend the next year (August 1947 to August 1948) traveling across the... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert goes into greater detail about his year of travels with Lolita. He sarcastically lists the tourist attractions they visit, emphasizing that the only reason for the... (full context)
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Still describing his year of travels with Lolita, Humbert Humbert explains how at one point he tries to recreate his childhood beachside love... (full context)
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As they continue their travels, Humbert Humbert and Lolita have a few close encounters with being discovered: once while having sex in a forest,... (full context)
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...as a French Professor at Beardsley college. There, he plans to settle down and enroll Lolita in school. Humbert reflects sadly on his year of travel with Lolita, which he imagines... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert and Lolita move into a house in Beardsley. When he goes to speak to Headmistress Pratt of... (full context)
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Living in a fixed location with Lolita for the first time, Humbert Humbert becomes anxious about his neighbors, all of whom strike... (full context)
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...He is confident that Godin is too self-absorbed and stupid to notice his molestation of Lolita. Further, he notices that Godin is always surrounded by young boys: he speculates that Godin... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
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Lolita devises a way of taking advantage of Humbert. She demands more and more pocket money... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert becomes concerned as Lolita socializes more frequently with her schoolmates. Above all, he is jealously terrified of Lolita going... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
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Lolita makes friends with the girls in her school. Humbert enjoys their presence at the house,... (full context)
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One day, Headmistress Pratt calls Humbert Humbert in to discuss Lolita’s worrying behavior at school. She is worried that Lolita is sexually and socially repressed, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12
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After she recovers from a fever, Humbert allows Lolita to have a “Party with Boys,” in the house. Every ten or twenty minutes, Humbert... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
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Lolita begins rehearsing for her lead role in The Enchanted Hunters, a play about a young... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert learns that Lolita has begun skipping piano lessons. He becomes so anxious that he loses a game of... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 15
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Humbert Humbert fixes up the car for a long trip, telling Lolita’s school that he’s been called away to an important job in Hollywood. As they drive... (full context)
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Humbert tells Lolita how happy he is that she’s given up the play. Nevertheless, he can’t help but... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 16
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Humbert Humbert and Lolita leave Beardsley and drive west. They go through a town close to Lolita’s Midwestern hometown... (full context)
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Growing suspicious of Lolita and the plan of the trip she has made, Humbert decides to stay at the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 18
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Humbert Humbert and Lolita travel farther west. A red Aztec Convertible begins following them on the highway, and Humbert... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
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Humbert Humbert and Lolita stop in Wace, where Humbert has set up a P.O. box in which they can... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 20
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Humbert Humbert regrets that he ever allowed Lolita to learn acting—all it did was help her to deceive him. He also happily reflects... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert is going mad with anxiety. He expects Lolita to try and escape from him very soon, at any moment. One morning by a... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 22
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At a motel in Elphinstone, Lolita falls ill with a fever. Humbert Humbert takes her to a nearby hospital, where she... (full context)
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Humbert Humbert spends nearly four months trying to track down the man Lolita ran off with. He visits 342 hotels, motels, etc., and at each of them, he... (full context)
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Without Lolita, Humbert Humbert falls into despair. Over the next few years, he throws away or donates... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 27
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...to South America, wants nothing more to do with the properties he is controlling in Lolita’s name. He warns Humbert that he is turning his legal responsibilities as guardian of Lolita’s... (full context)
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The very next day, Humbert Humbert leaves for “Coalmont,” the town where Lolita and her new husband live, bringing his gun with him. On the way there, he... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 29
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Humbert Humbert rings the doorbell, and “Dolly Schiller,” answers the door. She is older—no longer a nymphet—but clearly pregnant. She takes him inside... (full context)
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Lolita and Humbert sit down in the living room. He demands she tell him the identity... (full context)
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Humbert is heartbroken when Lolita comments that Quilty is the only man she ever loved. Humbert can see that she... (full context)
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As Humbert prepares to go, he pleads with Lolita to come with him. She thinks he’s asking her to have sex with him in... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 31
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...but can find no comfort in it: nothing can erase the damage he inflicted on Lolita’s life. Humbert begins to realize the moral seriousness of what he’s done, and ends the... (full context)
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Newly conscious of ruining Lolita’s childhood, Humbert meditates on moments when he noticed but coldly ignored her pain. He remembers... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 33
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...Charlotte Haze, Humbert runs into Mrs. Chatfield, who all but accuses him of having kidnapped Lolita. He tells her about Lolita’s marriage to Dick, and just to shock her, informs her... (full context)
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...police to arrest him, Humbert Humbert recalls a moment of reflection he had soon after Lolita’s disappearance. He remembers looking at a small town from the crest of a hill, listening... (full context)