NABOKV-L post 0026723, Tue, 22 Dec 2015 21:09:14 -0500

QUERY: Lolita: harlotte's "maroon slacks, yellow silk blouse"
My first response is that those colors are a garish combination, suggesting
again Charlotte's vulgarity.



​Didier Machu: “...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.”

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
Co-Editor, NABOKV-L

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