Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023391, Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:52:42 -0300

{SIGHTING] Lolita cover and quote
Unfortunately, I haven't more information about the Lolita edition (below), with the sweetly naif cover.
It reached me with a quote, a striking sentence due to the fundamental addition of "at last sight" and "at ever and ever sight" . Reading it now, in isolation, I realize that didn't grasp their meaning then, and at present! Does HH foresee that he'll never see Lolita again, or that at the time of his writing it he felt that his coronaries were already failing? Does the emphatic "at ever and ever" suggest a childish whimsical mood to American ears, as it does to me?

"It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight."
? Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

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