Collected Stories Topics for Discussion

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In "Nunc Dimitis," what motivates Lonel Lampson to publicly humiliate Janet de Pelagia? What effect do his actions have on her, and on him? What message does the author hope to convey in this story?

When the inventor Klausner builds a special machine and discovers that plants can feel and express pain in "The Sound Machine," what effect does it have on him? On others to whom he tries to explain?

In "Vengeance Is Mine, Inc." a couple becomes wealthy by offering revenge to prominent people who have been publicly humiliated by a gossip columnist. What is the twist at the end of the story that turns the tables on them? What does Dahl say about revenge in this piece?

Is Dahl's technique of surprise endings in these stories effective? Can you think of another structural device or technique that would be more effective...

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