Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001498, Tue, 3 Dec 1996 10:23:36 -0800

Re: Lolita queries (fwd)
From: Roy Johnson <Roy@mantex.demon.co.uk>
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@UCSBVM.UCSB.EDU>
Subject: Re: Lolita queries (fwd)

>(1) "Still in Parkington. Finally, I did achieve an hour's slumber --
>from which I was aroused by gratuitous and horribly exhausting congress
>with a small hairy hermaphrodite, a total stranger." (Lolita, Vintage,
>109) Who is this small, hairy hermaphrodite?

Presumably a creature of his imagination during the dream?
>(2) "'Our double beds are really triple,' Potts cozily said tucking me
>and my kid in. 'One crowded night we had three ladies and a child like
>yours sleep together. I believe one of the ladies was a disguised man
>[my static].'" (Vintage, 118) What might the porter really have said,
>without Humbert's static?

Isn't this ['I believe ...'] another of HH's humorous and invented
interpolations, which reflect his fevered state of mind [only a few
hours before The Deed]?

Presumably Potts really *does* says the rest?
Roy Johnson