Posted on February 18 2017
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was inspired by the case of Sally Horner and Frank La Salle, an 11 year old and middle-aged pedophile who tricked the girl into thinking he would put her in prison for shoplifting if she hadn't listened to him. In short, a five cent notebook and a problematic man started it.
“She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago - but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man's child. She could fade and wither - I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.”
“If I dwell at some length on the tremors and gropings of that distant night, it is because I insist upon proving that I am not, and never was, and never could have been, a brutal scoundrel. The gentle and dreamy regions through which I crept were the patrimonies of poets-not crime's prowling ground. Had I reached my goal, my ecstasy would have been all softness, a case of internal combustion of which she would hardly have felt the heat, even if she were wide awake. But I still hoped she might gradually be engulfed in a completeness of stupor that would allow me to taste more than a glimmer of her.”
“I would fight of course. Oh, I would fight. Better destroy everything than surrender her.”“Had I done to Dolly, perhaps, what Frank Lasalle, a fifty-year old mechanic had done to eleven-year-old Sally Horner in 1948?”
“You see, she had absolutely nowhere else to go.”