Study Questions for "You Were Neither Hot Nor Cold, But Lukewarm, So I Spit You Out"

  1. How does the "ONCE UPON A TIME" opening of the story establish generic expectations that affect your response to the story?
  2. What actually happens in this story? Can this been seen as a scenario existing solely in the mind of the Horror Author? What evidence in the story supports your answer?
  3. What comment does this story make on love and marriage?
  4. Consider the chimps and snakes story on page 365; does this imply a comment on gender relations?
  5. Ultimately, who is being "spit out" by the end of the story and how does this action effect a comment on culture and values?