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  1. Introduction
  2. Wanda's confession that she can only love for a finite amount of time
  3. Humbert's humiliations throughout Lolita
  4. Severin's maintaining a last glimpse of empowerment
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

Humbert, throughout Lolita, creates an inescapable defeat through his interactions with Lolita and his antagonist, Clare Quilty. These interactions contradict his early confidence in possessing Lolita. These characters consciously threat Humbert's exclusive relationship with Lolita. Their successful efforts, especially those of Lolita herself, against Humbert's idealized romance with Lolita stand as manifestations of inherent vulnerabilities within committed relationships, exposing a common thread between masochism and monogamy.

[...] During their initial meeting they engage in a short dialogue. Quilty begins as follows: ?Where the devil did you get beg your pardon?? said: the weather is getting better.? ?Seems ?Who's the lassie?? daughter.? lie?she's not.? beg your pardon?? said July was hot From the very start Quilty understands Humbert's attraction to nymphettes. He possibly knows even better than Humbert considering he noticed the trait in Humbert though Humbert couldn't find the trait in him. He knows the right things to say that might off set the pedophile's sense of wrong- doing. [...]

[...] Stopped at a gas station he narrates, hardly had I turned my back to go and buy this very Lo a lollipop, than I would hear her and the fair mechanic burst into a perfect love song of wisecracks.? Here, Humbert deceives himself into expecting a grand loyalty from a negligible incentive. Using the lollipop as his first example of Lolita's ungratefulness exposes his denial of the failure of his gift-giving tactic. His gift is a well known symbol of youthful innocence?a trait he wishes Lolita to possess so that he alone can interfere with it?as well as a well known symbol of giving head. [...]

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