Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023789, Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:01:44 +0100

Re: Desultory query: Humbert Humbert's appositives

To the question about his choice, VN replied in the 1964 Playboy interview,
reprinted in Strong Opinions (p. 26, 1st US edition):

"The double rumble is, I think, very nasty, very suggestive. It is a hateful
name for a hateful person. It is also a kingly name, but I did need a royal
vibration for Humbert the Fierce and Humbert the Humble. Lends itself also
to a number of puns."

In his Keys to Lolita (pp. 8-9), Proffer discusses briefly these names, and
I remember an extensive note in Appel's The Annotated Lolita regarding the

A. Bouazza

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Subject: [NABOKV-L] Desultory query: Humbert Humbert's appositives

While I was going through "Lolita" ( searching for references to ombre,
hombre, umber) my attention was called to the list of appositives used to
qualify Humbert Humbert, like those adjectives that are appended to the
names of heroes, knights, royalty (one third begin with the letter H). Their
appearance in the text is not regular (it's to be found mainly in the first
chapters and I didn't check to see if related to the diary he kept)

Does anyone know about any article related to this subject that could send
us a reference or link?

Humbert, the Terrible and Humbert, the Small

Humbert, le Bel

Humbert, the Hoarse

Humbert, the Wounded Spider

Humbert, the Humble

Humbert, the Hummer

Humbert, the Hound

Humbert, the Cubus

Humbert, the popular butcher

PS: I hope I got the correct word for "appositive"

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