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The Lamb to the Slaughter

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Introduction Summary - Mary Maloney is waiting in her house for her husband to come home from work, and since it was a Thursday the two of the usually go out for dinner but her husband, Patrick Maloney. Text- "Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come home from work. Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come." www.ashlynmccormick.com
Conflict introduced- Summary- Patrick comes home sits in the chair and starts drinking his beer. He drinks enough of his drink to get drunk. Text- " 'Tired, darling?’. 'Yes,' he said. 'I'm tired.' And as he spoke, he did an unusual thing. He lifted his glass and drained it in one swallow although there was still half of it, at least half of it left. She wasn't really watching him but she knew what he had done because she heard the ice cubes falling back against the bottom of the empty glass when he lowered his arm. When he came back, she noticed that the new drink was dark amber with the quantity of whisky in it. She watched him as he began to sip the dark yellow drink, and she could see little oily swirls in the liquid because it was so strong." images.akamai.steamusercontent.com
Rising action Summary- Patrick had something to confess to Mary, he was going to leave her. Mary could tell that he was very nervous while telling her. Text- " 'Listen,' he said, 'I've got something to tell you.' 'What is it, darling? What's the matter?. 'This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I'm afraid’, he said. 'But I've thought about it a good deal and I've decided the only thing to do is tell you right away. I hope you won't blame me too much.' " " 'So there it is,' he added. ' And I know it's kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn't any other way. Of course I'll give you money and see you're looked after. But there needn't really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. It wouldn't be very good for my job.' " s3.amazonaws.com
Rising action #2 Summary- Mary is still angry but tries to remain calm and says she will still cook up supper for the two of them. Text- " 'I'll get the supper,' she managed to whisper, and this time he didn't stop her. When she walked across the room she couldn't feel her feet touching the floor. She couldn't feel anything at all - except a slight nausea and a desire to vomit. Everything was automatic now - down the stairs to the cellar, the light switch, the deep freeze, the hand inside the cabinet taking hold of the first object it met. She lifted it out, and looked at it. It was wrapped in paper, so she took off the paper and looked at it again, a leg of lamb." img.21food.com
Rising action #3 Summary- After he confess and tells her that he is going out after Mary said she would make lamb chops or pork for him. Text- " All right then, they would have lamb for supper. She carried it upstairs, holding the thin bone-end of it with both her hands, and as she went through the living-room, she saw him standing over by the window with his back to her, and she stopped. 'For God's sake,' he said, hearing her, but not turning round; 'Don't make supper for me. I'm going out.' " i.telegraph.co.uk
Climax Summary- This was the last straw for Mary, so she took the lamb and as hard as she could she hit him on the head and the blow killed him. Text- "At that point, Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without any pause she swung the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air and brought it down as hard as she could on the back of his She might just as well have hit him with a steel club. She stepped back a pace, waiting, and the funny thing was that he remained standing there for at least four or five seconds, gently swaying. Then he crashed to the carpet. The violence of the crash, the noise, the small table overturning, helped bring her out of the shock. She came out slowly, feeling cold and surprised, and she stood for a while blinking at the body, still holding the ridiculous piece of meat tight with both hands. All right, she told herself. So I've killed him." opteryx.deviantart.com More...
Resolution Summary- When she gets home she calls the police. When they come she tell them he's dead, they immediately start searching the house for any clues, mainly the weapon. Text- "So they left her there while they went about their business, searching the house. " "They were looking for the weapon. The murderer may have taken it with him, but on the other hand he may have thrown it away or hidden it somewhere on the premises." m2.behance.net
Resolution #2 Summary- The cops can't find the weapon or evidence, so Mary invites them to eat dinner. She cooks the lamb (which is the murder weapon) to get rid of the lamb and then they eat it. The story ends with the cops saying that the weapon is right under their noses. Text- " The woman stayed where she was, listening to them through the open door, and she could hear them speaking among themselves, their voices thick and sloppy because their mouths 'Have some more, Charlie?' 'No. Better not finish it.' 'She wants us to finish it." " 'Personally, I think it's right here on the premises.' 'Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?' And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle." www.idea10.ca
Characters -Mary Maloney -Patrick Maloney -Officer O'Malley -Officer Noonan -Cashier
Setting - Mary Maloney's house -the grocery store Time -Thurday -Evening
Falling action Summary- After she murdered him, she wanted to make herself look innocent, so she went to the store to make it look like she was out when Patrick was murdered. Text- " Then she ran downstairs, took her coat, went out the back door, down the garden, into the street. It wasn't six o'clock yet and the lights were still on in the grocery shop. ‘Hullo Sam’ she said brightly, smiling at the man behind the counter. 'Why, good evening, Mrs Maloney. How're you?, 'I want some potatoes please, Sam.<br> vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net
Intro to Climax scene www.youtube.com Part 1 of my short film on the famous Roald Dahl short story, Lamb to the Slaughter. Starring: Caroline Langston Richard Bardsley Andrew McDonald Marcus Sinc...
Character Traits Mary Maloney- Mary Maloney is a person that developed quite a bad temper in the story. Once she heard the news of Patrick leaving her she got so angry she killed him. Being six months pregnant she didn't want her child to know what she did. So she tries to cover it up and even calls the police. Patrick Maloney- He one of the characters no one likes. He treats his wife poorly after she is devoted to him before she kills him. Minor characters- These characters include the policemen. The characters were easily fooled by Mary into eating the murder weapon <br>