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Discuss the many ways in which milk shows up in this story, and what symbolism Fante may have intended.

What is the significance of the dog, Willie, in Camilla's life?

Sammy Wiggins lives in isolation on the Mojave Desert. Discuss his character and why he is so seemingly cruel and strange.

Discuss Arturo's guilt. How is it tied to religion, and to what degree does it drive his behavior?

Fante's characters in Los Angeles come from many different places. What is the significance of "home" in this story?

Why are Camilla and Arturo attracted to each other? Discuss the significance of the mean-spirited interchanges between them.

Discuss the symbolism of the beach in Ask the Dust. Contrast that environment with Los Angeles, and discuss its effect on the characters.

What are some possible meanings behind the story's title, "Ask the Dust?" Dust is prevalent...

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