Lolita Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does H.H. describe his parentage, birthplace, and childhood in Part 1, Chapter 2?

H.H. states that he was born in 1910 in Paris. His father owned a luxury hotel and his mother died when he was three years old in a freak accident. His maternal aunt, Sybil, raised him. H.H. was spoiled, made excellent marks in school, and had many friends.

2. How does H.H. describe his relationship with Annabel in Part 1, Chapters 2-4? What impact did this relationship have on the protagonist?

H.H. fell in love with Annabel Leigh around the age of 13 and they experimented sexually, but never had full intercourse. She died four months after their last attempt at sexual involvement. H.H. never got over Annabel's death and he thinks that that may be the cause of his obsession with “nymphets.”

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