Vladimir Nabokov

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Lolita: Part 2, Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

Living in a fixed location with Lolita for the first time, Humbert Humbert becomes anxious about his neighbors, all of whom strike him as too curious about he and his “daughter.” He has a contemptuous attitude toward all of these people: two English professors, a businessman, and an old spinster who asks Lolita—in Humbert’s opinion—too many questions.
Even having settled down, Humbert remains an outsider. Because he fears that he will be discovered, he cannot form relationships with any of his neighbors, and become part of the community. His domestic life is a charade.
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