Chapter 66 Summary

In Ramsdale, Humbert drives through town and eventually parks and takes a walk up his old street. He surveys the neighborhood, which has changed more than he likes, and stops in front of the old Haze house. Eventually he notices a little nymphet staring at him from the yard. When he tries to speak to her, she runs away, and soon her father comes outside to chase him away. Humbert wants to tell the man who he is, but then he remembers that he is disheveled and muddy from his night’s adventures. He rushes away, hoping that nobody else will notice him.

Humbert checks into the local hotel and cleans up. Afterward, he makes his way down to the bar, and he soon meets Mrs. Chatfield, the mother of one of Lolita’s little camp friends. When Mrs. Chatfield scolds Humbert for letting Lolita marry so young, he tells her how Charlie Holmes “debauched” the girls at Lolita’s camp. This shocks Mrs. Chatfield, who informs Humbert that Charlie recently died in the Korean War. Totally unapologetic, Humbert dryly informs her that French is better suited than English to the tidy exchange of such morbid news.

Next, Humbert heads to the office of Mr. Windmuller, the lawyer who has taken over the Haze affairs now that John Farlow is out of the picture. Humbert gives him the contact information for Lolita, and he signs all of her mother’s remaining money over to her. This renders Humbert basically penniless, but he is pleased with himself.

With this finished, Humbert can take care of his important errand in town. He goes to see the dentist, Dr. Quilty, the cousin of Clare Quilty. Dr. Quilty is responsible for introducing the playwright to Lolita’s mother long ago. Under the pretense of consulting about a major dental operation, Humbert drops a few questions about the playwright. Dr. Quilty has not seen “the rascal” for years but guesses that he is at his family residence, Grimm Road, not far from a town called Parkington. As soon as he has this information, Humbert drops the pretense of being a customer. He calls Dr. Quilty a terrible dentist and says that the dentist in Beardsley is far better. Dr. Quilty is offended, but Humbert finds the whole scene hilarious.

Humbert is ready, and so is his gun. He loads the weapon with eight cartridges and, comparing the gun to a phallus, suggests that the upcoming murder will bring it sexual release.