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When the bride is a widow and the groom is a widower; when the former has lived in Our Great Little Town for hardly two years, and the latter for hardly a month; when Monsieur wants to get the whole damned thing over with as quickly as possible, and Madam gives in with a tolerant smile; then, my reader, the wedding is generally a "quiet affair." The bride may dispense with a tiara of orange blossoms securing her finger-tip veil, nor does she carry a white orchid in a prayer book.

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Source Notes: Lolita (part 1, chapter 18) (1955). Humbert Humbert describes his hasty marriage to Charlotte Haze, his landlady and the mother of his beloved Lolita.

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