Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita: Part 2, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

After she recovers from a fever, Humbert allows Lolita to have a “Party with Boys,” in the house. Every ten or twenty minutes, Humbert invents an excuse to come downstairs and check on what’s going on. The party goes terribly: one girl doesn’t show up, one boy brings his cousin, and nobody can dance. When it’s over, Lolita says the boys disgusted her. Delighted with this, Humbert buys her a bicycle, a new tennis racket, and a book on the history of painting.
Lolita’s social life is as much a sham as Humbert’s, probably because of the abuse she has suffered has made her antisocial. He is relieved to see this, and rewards her with gifts.
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