Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita: Part 1, Chapter 15 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.
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