Lolita

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Lolita

An underage girl (i.e., a legal minor) who has sex with older men.
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At first sight there may appear nothing strikingly similar between the two, aside from their shared weakness for pretty young females, described as girlwomen in Ulysses and nymphets in Lolita.
If we read Lolita's story through the lens of this mythological history, we can discern several archetypal parallels that enhance our understanding of what Nabokov meant by saying that his nymphet was "mythical.
In the excerpt I have quoted, the main signal is the utter elusiveness of the qualities, those "certain mysterious characteristics" that make one girl a nymphet and another merely human.
Simulating an ignorance that conveniently elicits "the sign of the nymphet," Humbert draws Dolores into his own area of weakness (pedophilia) in order to "make a game of' her weakness (a pre-teen penchant for sexual experimentation), a game "with its own rules.
Conversely, Humbert Humbert, prisoner of history that he is--as much as a heartbroken emigre as by the tautology of alliance and filiation inhering in his own name--is obsessed with the very figure of transience, the nymphet Lolita.
Time is indeed running out for Lolita, a perfectly coy mistress, who will soon grow out of the ephemeral nymphet stage and become a pregnant hausfrau.
In its interwoven structure, language, and most of all in its subject, Lolita follows the pattern of a quest narrative, moving toward, circling, and moving away from the nymphet at its center.
Henrik, though, had already decided on the girl he wanted to marry--a 17-year-old nymphet friend of Andersen's.
This all could have been understandable if I dressed like that naval-centric nymphet, but I didn't.
We have Alice, the frumpy, boringly organised, overweight wife of Guy, a high-powered, sex-starved ad man who begins a passionate affair with a nymphet called Peanut.
The main characters include a frumpy wife whose husband is having an affair with a nymphet called Peanut and an ex-husband who still loves his former wife but is now with a much younger partner with a baby.