He climbs into bed with her but doesn’t make any advances.Anxious and excited, Humbert stays awake all night. Humbert states that, for her, sex was just another activity between children, unconnected to what adults do behind closed doors.He admits that it should have been clear to him then that Lolita and Annabel were not the same, and that if he had known what pain and trouble would follow, he would have done things differently.Downstairs, Humbert wanders through the hotel’s public rooms.Humbert eagerly anticipates caressing the unconscious Lolita.He claims that he hadn’t planned on taking Lolita’s innocence or purity but merely wanted to fondle her while she slept.The man, who remains half-hidden in the shadows, invites Humbert and Lolita to lunch the following day, but Humbert plans to be gone with Lolita by then.Humbert returns to the hotel room to find Lolita half awake.
Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age.
In the morning, Lolita wakes up and nuzzles him as he feigns sleep. Humbert launches into a dreamy description of how he would repaint the Enchanted Hunters hotel in order to make the setting of his first encounter with Lolita a more natural, romantic one.