Humbert Humbert’s first wife. She is a Polish woman in Paris who paints in the Cubist style. Humbert marries her as an outlet for his uncontrollable desires. Though she is not a nymphet, she often acts like a little girl, which he finds attractive. Just before they are to leave Paris for the U.S., Valeria leaves Humbert Humbert for Maximovich. Valeria and Maximovich die as test subjects in a humiliating experiment in California.
The timeline below shows where the character Valeria appears in Lolita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 25
...clothes, books, and other items. When he dreams about her, she is strangely mixed with Valeria and her mother, Charlotte. Humbert writes a long poem about Lolita, begging her to reveal... (full context)