Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita: Part 1, Chapter 26 Summary & Analysis

Humbert Humbert takes a brief break from telling his story to complain of his headaches and discomfort in jail. He worries that he might have the dates in his story mixed up, but notes that the events in the last chapter “must have been around August 15, 1947.” He worries about his physical and mental health, especially his heart and head.
Once again, Humbert’s reliability is put in doubt. We are also given some insight into what is driving him so fanatically to finish the book he is writing: he seems to know that he won’t be alive for very much longer.
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