Tear Jerker / Lolita

  • During one of the final scenes of the book, when Humbert asks Lolita to explain why she doesn't feel resentment towards Quilty for molesting her and attempting to exploit her, he imagines her response. "He broke her heart. I merely broke her life."
  • Lolita goes on to live a normal life, in a happy marriage only to die giving birth to her first child, who was stillborn.
  • Near the end of the book, Humbert recalls a moment when after Lolita has left him, he hears the laughter of children in a school playground, and realizes that "the hopelessly poignant thing was not the absence of Lolita from my side, but the absence of Lolita from that concord."
    • Although given that Humbert always wants our sympathy, this could be him deliberately wearing the mask of a Stoic Woobie. As always in Nabokov, you decide.
  • The moment when Humbert meets a 17-year-old Lo and realises that he loves her as a person, not just because she was a child. Coming from the man who repeatedly abused her, that "love" obviously doesn't mean anything, but it's especially heartbreaking to see that Humbert began to understand what he's done to Lolita way. too. late.
  • Dolores cries herself to sleep every night.
  • Dolores trades sexual favors for pocket money.
  • The Whole. Damn. Thing. One of the most heartbreaking and disturbing pieces of literature ever written.
  • Dolores's entire childhood. Made even more bitterly ironic by the fact that, had her mother not been hit by a car at the worst possible moment, she would've been sent off to boarding school, far, far away from Humbert, and presumably lived a long, happy life. But because of a sick twist of fate, her childhood was destroyed, and she dies at the age of eighteen.