_ _Two definitions of "Lamia" that I found to be interesting were:
1. In Classical mythology, the term "Lamia" represented on of a class of monsters, commonly represented with the head and breast of a woman and the body of a serpent, said to allure youths and children in order to suck their blood.
2. A vampire; a female demon.
I found these descriptions of Gwendolyn to be interesting because the men realize, whether it is subconsciously or consciously, that Gwendolyn seems to have the qualities of a serpent. The men who discuss her find her to be beautiful and talented, yet notice that she has certain qualities that make her seem to be less ideal to them, leading to their reflections of her "Lamia beauty." I think this could be foreshadowing her later actions and characteristics as we read deeper into the novel and discover her attitude towards her own self-love, and how much it may take in order for Gwendolyn to be saved, if even possible.