Chapter 22 Summary

Humbert is pleased to learn that there is no room for Lolita in Miss Phalen’s boarding school until January. This means that he will have at least a few months to spend with the little girl. He hopes that he will be able to influence events so that he can keep her longer.

Since the beginning of his marriage, Humbert has been performing experiments on Charlotte, slipping her sleeping pills and observing the effects. He wants to find a drug that will put both Charlotte and Lolita into such a deep sleep that they will not wake up, even if he touches them. So far, none of the drugs he has tried are strong enough, so he goes to the doctor and complains of insomnia so severe that it demands the strongest possible...

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