Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0002301, Mon, 25 Aug 1997 11:44:29 -0700

query: Lillith & sad-eyed horses (fwd)
> >Hi! I don't know if you can help me or not. I recently read an article
> >where Nabokov was said to have been quoted. I was wondering if you knew
> >the works that these lines came from.
> >
> > "impossibly sad like a horse's eyes"
> >
> > and
> >
> > "it was Lilith he longed for"
> >
> >Are they from Nabokov works? If you could help, it would be wonderful.
I couldn't vouch for the first snippet, but the second is from LOLITA,
near the end of Humbert's catalog of the nympholept in history:

"Humbert was perfectly capable of intercourse with Eve, but it was
Lilith he longed for." (THE ANNOTATED LOLITA 20)

Brian Walter, Assistant Professor
University of the Ozarks
Clarksville, AR 72830