The question is very likely to prove rather harder to answer than puzzling out the identities of the various nymphets
, nymph-hunters and their McMakers met here has been.
She wags her figurative tail "as little bitches do" (164) and, during Humbert's famous description of nymphets
, is described as "feline" (17) and one among "these chosen creatures [nymphets
One of these ideas, uttered in an everyday dialogue with her girlfriend, another nymphet
, by Humbert's definiton links her explicitly with death: "You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own" (AL 286).
When I was a child and she was a child, little Annabel was no nymphet
18) In one such incident of nymphic misperception, a "tender pattern of nudity" ("what looked like a nymphet
in the act of undressing before a co-operative mirror") is really "the disgusting lamp-lit bare arm of a man in his underclothes reading his paper by the open window in the hot, damp, hopeless summer night" (20).
Humbert's chaotic, confused, and circuitous tale employs the devices and desires of the quest narrative both to invoke and to guard against the nymphet
at its heart.
Understandably, while the author does not develop his other characters with the same profundity, he nevertheless reveals them as truly unique individuals: the victim's mildly schizoid German mother, her German boyfriend who teaches scuba diving, an assortment of island lowlifes who speak with authentic Canary Island dialects, a fifteen-year-old nymphet
named Desiree with the nostalgic seductiveness of Nabokov's Lolita, and a bisexual female criminal Investigator who frequents nudist beaches and who has a certain je ne sais quoi that drives Vila crazy with lust.
Laurie Lee's lyrical recollection of his childhood in the Gloucestershire village of Slad was first published in 1959 on the same day as Vladimir Nabokov's famous nymphet
, Lolita, made her debut.
Rae Dawn Chong stands out as a nymphet
from a rival tribe who teaches the trio how to make fire--and love.
The deliberately ambiguous title denotes specifically the little nymphet
who epitomizes everything that American beauty is--and is not.
My wife of forty years coughed, then melted into a nymphet
with coccyx-length red hair.
She was cast in Denis Potter's Karaoke as the nymphet
seduced by Richard Johnson.