- Lust isn’t always sexual. In comes in many forms and flavors. In A Margin of Lust, what does Gwen lust for? Art? The real estate killer?
- Have you made the connection between the names of the primary characters in the book and a certain legend?
- Any idea why Greta Boris chose those names? (Hint: the answer is in the first circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno. The answer to this and the above question are also on the bottom of the page in case you don’t have your copy of The Divine Comedy handy.)
- Gwen and Art’s marriage problems are pretty typical in today’s busy world. Have you or anyone you known dealt with the same issues? How did you, or they, handle it?
- Gwen has a deep-seated phobia about close, dark places that stems from her childhood. Do you or someone you know have phobias that haunt you? What are the roots of those fears?
- Lance makes an argument for adultery on page 212. (It’s a few pages into Chapter 33 for e-book readers.) What do you think of his logic?
- Is adultery ever a good idea?
- Two of the characters in the book were affected by their parents’ behavior. Which two? What was the impact on their later life?
Answers to 2 and 3: Gwen, Art and Lance represent the characters in the legend of King Arthur. Dante meets Guinevere and Lancelot in the first circle of hell where they are being punished for their sin. They are thrown about by an eternal storm that represents the passion that controlled them in life. The storm that begins in chapter thirty-seven of A Margin of Lust is inspired by this passage in the Inferno.