Mary-Kim Arnold's Lust is a watershed of short hypertext fiction, not least because Arnold demonstrates that recurrence -- once thought a large-scale technique best suited to vast narratives like Moulthrop's Victory Garden -- can drive even a tiny hypertext.

Each node in Lust is a tableau, a frozen moment. Prominent in almost every node are the same figures: the man, the woman, the child, the knife. Each node is static; the incredible tension built between the nodes is heightened (not diminished) by recurrence. The action must resolve itself; the action cannot be resolved.

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