The Hound Goes Around
In Sandy Hiortdahl’s “Hounded Grey Stop”:
- There are several characters but only one has a name. Why might that be? What would be the effect if he didn’t have a name or if the husband and wife did, as well?
- What reasons does the wife have for taking the bus to anywhere?
- Reverse the husband-wife roles: would a husband do the same thing under similar circumstances, i.e. take the dog and the bus?
- The narration says that the woman’s husband is “evil.” Do you agree? Why might one question the wife’s judgment?
- Does “Hounded Grey Stop” fit the category of the “revenge fantasy” or does it describe a fugue?
- What examples can you find in Bewildering Stories that seem to illustrate a basic difference between male and female revenge fantasies?
- What problems do they describe and what resolutions do they offer?
- If a fugue is an escape symptomatic of unresolved problems, does an account of a fugue constitute a vignette rather than a story?
In Ariele Sieling’s “The Poison Apple”:
- Why does Snow wake up at the beginning? At the end, why does the Queen wake up? Does it matter?
- What is the basis of the comedy in this “twisted fairy tale”? What other strategies do stories in Contest 1 employ to retell familiar tales?
In Nathan Elberg’s “Sticks, Stones and Monsters”:
- Why might Chief Taiku not be entirely sympathetic to the priest’s widow?
- How does the chief show himself to be an expert politician? How does he achieve his objective by walking on both sides of the street at once, so to speak?
- Do Anahita and Tamsyn believe, deny, doubt or suspect they are witches?
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