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            Vladimir Nabokov's satirical novel "Lolita" tells the story of the aberrant relationship between middle-aged Humbert Humbert and his young stepdaughter, Lolita. Until the day she leaves him, Humbert's physical desire for Lolita overshadows everything in their lives, as he exploits her vulnerability and dependence on him to satisfy his needs. Humbert realizes by their last meeting that his obsession with her has ruined Lolita's life, and though he regrets robbing her of her youth and innocence - the very things that had attracted him to her in the first place - he also knows there is no way he can make up for that crime.
             Many years after their affair comes to an end, Humbert describes with rapture and sentimentality his years with Lolita, including their first evening alone at an inn. This event is the turning point in his relationship with Lolita - when they become lovers - yet Humbert looks back with remorse on that fateful night: "And my only regret today is that I did not quietly deposit key "342" at the office, and leave the town, the country, the continent, the hemisphere, - indeed, the globe - that very same night." (123) Humbert originally blames Lolita's "nymphean evil" (125) as the underlying cause of his future trials with her, as Lolita proves to be not so much the submissive little girl Humbert expected she was. She learns to survive as a child in an adult's game, getting what she wants from him by demanding compensation for her reluctant sexual favors. However, Humbert acknowledges his overwhelming guilt as the adult. Too late he understands that the selfish satisfaction of his desires was not worth the damage it would cause either of them as he laments, "I should have known that nothing but pain and horror would result from the expected rapture." (125) .
             Lolita longs for a normal family life where they wouldn't do "filthy things together never behaving like ordinary people".

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