Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026718, Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:15:57 +0100

Lolita: harlotte's "maroon slacks, yellow silk blouse"

Dear List,

I have a query regarding /Lolita. /On that fateful day when Charlotte is killed, Humbert remarks that she is wearing "the yellow blouse and maroon slacks she had on when [he] first met her." Indeed "maroon slacks, yellow silk blouse" appear to him in that order when she comes down the stairs to greet her lodger-to-be. Why is she dressed identically on the first and last days of their shared life? Why is she made to wear those particular colors? I have been considering several explanations (none of which quite satisfies me) and would like to hear you all on the matter. Thanks.

Didier Machu

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