Lolita

Lolita

by

Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita: Part 1, Chapter 15 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
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 fantasizes about masquerading as a girl and following Lolita to camp, but quickly dismisses the idea. Just before Lolita leaves with Charlotte, she runs up the stairs to give Humbert a passionate kiss.
Remembering that Humbert is not always a reliable narrator, we must be skeptical. Did Lolita really kiss Humbert? He has good reasons to make up something like this: by calling Lolita’s “innocence,” into question, he excuses his own behavior.
Themes
Suburbia and American Consumer Culture Theme Icon
Exile, Homelessness and Road Narratives Theme Icon
Women, Innocence, and Male Fantasy Theme Icon