Discussion Topics for “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off”:
1. Analyze the significance of the story’s title. Is this just a reference to the literal moments before the gun went off, or something more? Explain.
2. To what extent is the theme of paternal inheritance important in this story? Is there any significance in the fact that it is the grandfather’s gun (Willem Van der Vyver’s) that kills the grandson, Lucas?
3. Were you surprised by the ending? What hints, in retrospect, foreshadowed the ending revelation? Cite specific examples.