I just started reading Lolita, and I had a question. How does the reader ever know that Humbert Humbert is the narrator? I picked up the annotated version, so I was able to piece it together, because the annotations keep saying, "H.H. says this," and "H.H. says that." I started wondering if this "H.H." was some literary scholar that analyzed Lolita. But then beginning from about page 19, the narrator starts referring to this "Humbert Humbert" amidst references to other people like Dante. So you get the impression "Humbert" is merely another person he's citing. But I would not have thought that he was referring to himself in the third person. So my question is: did I miss something in the beginning? Also: were you able to figure out Humbert Humbert is the narrator himself? Because again, I'm 20-some pages in, and I have yet to come across any dialogue, where an associate would call him Humbert. There was one dialogue that was an exchange in French, but yeah... pretty discouraged by the way this is written so far. Just a little too abstract/poetic for my taste.