A difficult book to read, but an amazing book non the less. We finally finished it, and I have to say the ending of the book is not what I expected. Also I must say I wasn’t really surprised that he didn’t kill Lolita.
What confused me about all of Part 2 is that there was always mixed signals from H.H. For example, “For the first time in my life I had as little desire for her as for a manatee”(167). It seemed as though his “real” love for her was fading and slowly but surely the lust that was blurring his vision of the nymphet child was becoming clear “Charlotte, I began to understand you”(149). At this point in time I wasn’t sure in what direction the story was headed to.
What I found interesting also was this Quilty guy which lolita ends up confessing is the guy who as H.H puts “abducted” her from the hospital. From the beginning of the book we learn that H.H resembles a famous “cooner or chap whom Lo has a crush”(43). I know I’m not the only one who thinks this, but how in the heck is this the same guy following them across the country?! Out of the million of weird guys out there that could’ve been following them, it had to be the famous Clare Quilty.
The reason i wasn’t surprised he didnt kill Lolita was because, “I could not kill her, of course as some have thought. You see, I loved her. It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight”(270). He steps out and acknowledges how little we (the readers) actually know about his love towards Lolita if we thought he would have killed her. Seeing as how in class we’re always discussing how “Lolita” is important to the text in that the book begins and ends with “Lolita” helped me understand that H.H would never intentionally hurt Lo, not matter what the circumstances may be.
After I finished the book I have to say I’m left with a lot of mixed emotions. My favorite quote of the book is:
“So as to have him make you live in the minds of later generations. I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, My Lolita”
His love is forever immortalized in this novel.