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25 January 2011 @ 12:03 am
noboquotes ii  
Lines from this poem have been swimming through my head for a couple of days and I'd been wanting to read it again - but I've lent it to the one I'm making read it.
So I turned to google and rather not keep it to myself.
I can't read it out of context... without relating it to what it means in the novel, but maybe you who haven't read it can enjoy it in another way.

Because you took advantage of a sinner
because you took advantage
because you took
because you took advantage of my disadvantage
when I stood Adam-naked
before a federal law and all its stinging stars

Because you took advantage of a sin
when I was helpless moulting moist and tender
hoping for the best
dreaming of marriage in a mountain state
aye of a litter of Lolitas

Because you took advantage of my inner
essential innocence
because you cheated me--

Because you cheated me of my redemption
because you took
her at the age when lads
play with erector sets
a little downy girl still wearing poppies
still eating popcorn in the colored gloam
where tawny Indians took paid croppers
because you stole her
from her wax-browed and dignified protector
spitting into his heavy-lidded eye
ripping his flavid toga and at dawn
leaving the hog to roll upon his new discomfort
the awfulness of love and violets
remorse despair while you
took a dull doll to pieces
and threw its head away
because of all you did
because of all I did not
you have to die

Death sentence written by Humbert Humbert for Clare Quilty to read before shooting him.
From Lolita
Current Mood: not sure
frozen_dream on January 25th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Awesome hun! :)
n3cr0phelia on January 26th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
abiotique on January 25th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
two years and i haven't finished reading it! but what's worse, i'm not even reading it. i have the audiobook. doubly ridiculous.
n3cr0phelia on January 26th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
I've tried audio somethings... once... couldn't go through with it, I totally didn't pay attention, and I kept wanting to ask questions. It was Sleepy Hollow... had to read it. :[

If it works for you though, Lolita is one novel I would advise you not to "read" but to READ. You'll miss out on the funny spelling and homophones!
And you'd probably like it.
Place it in the bathroom. (Don't tell anyone, but that's actually how I started, I added it to the bathroom library...)
abiotique on January 28th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
"and I kept wanting to ask questions."

haha! XD

my bathroom library consists of outdated teen magazines and the complete works of shakespeare. it clearly needs a nabokovian update =)
gimpjesus on January 26th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
spoilers, yo, lol. i watched the movies, dog. who needs ta read when ya got movies.
n3cr0phelia on January 26th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Jeremy Irons, man.
gimpjesus on January 26th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
ha, you would think he's hot.
n3cr0phelia on January 29th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
What does THAT mean, yo?