Chapter 46 Summary

In the spring, Lolita gets completely absorbed in her school’s theater production, The Enchanted Hunters. One day Humbert sees Miss Pratt having lunch with some friends, and she silently applauds him for allowing Lolita to be involved in the play.

Humbert hates the theater. As an art form, he considers it “primitive and putrid,” more closely associated with caveman rituals than with the greater forms of art that he appreciates. Although he admits that there are a few works of genius in the history of the theater, he insists that a person can absorb the whole benefit of those plays by reading the words.

While Lolita is busy with her rehearsals, Humbert is once again engrossed in his history of...

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