In his mind, she is dancing only for him. Often ignored by her mother, she is confused by Conors support of her dancing.
He seems to genuinely care for Mia, although maybe too much. Although initially hesitant, immediately after seeing her, the 40-something Humbert changes his mind about renting a room from her mother leaving him and Lolita plenty of time to bond. I read it out loud now just the same.