The Veiled Lodger by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Lamb To The Slaughter by Roald Dahl
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In the stories The Veiled Lodger by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and The
Lamb To The Slaughter by Roald Dahl, both women murder their husbands.
Who do you have the most sympathy for, and why?
In the stories 'The Veiled Lodger' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and 'The
Lamb To The Slaughter' by Roald Dahl, both women murder their husbands. Who do you have the most sympathy for, and why?
'The adventure of the veiled lodger' is an epic tale of treachery, murder, and deceit. Written in Victorian England, this mysterious anecdote serves its purpose by solving the crime endowed by a mutilated widow.
' Lamb to the slaughter' has a similar plot to 'the veiled lodger', in that both of the main characters, the wives, murder their husbands…show more content… Maloney enquires, 'tired, darling?' he replies,
'yes...I'm tired.' These short retorts show anxiety and anger. After much enquiry about dinner plans, a one-sided conversation with Mrs.
Maloney, and a very agitated and snappy Mr Maloney, he finally decides to take aggression with his wife, 'Sit down...just sit down'. Mrs.
Maloney now makes herself appear vulnerable by lowering herself cautiously into a chair, Still being her pleasing self, Mrs Maloney listens to her husband, he tells her, very selfishly, that he's leaving her and that she shouldn't make any fuss as it would be very bad for his job, being a policeman, and his reputation. She doesn't want to believe it, to reject it, to ignore it; she goes to make supper. She decided on lamb for dinner; so, back up to the kitchen to cook it; Mr Maloney, now very irritated, turned to his wife and said,
'For God sake's... I'm going out' Mary Maloney, without thinking, turned on her husband and hit him over the head with the frozen leg of lamb. She killed him. Mrs. Maloney created herself an alibi. Acting quite normal, she went to the grocers and got vegetables for with the lamb. She found him, cried for him, and called the police, whom she knew well, to her rescue. A very convincing act towards the gentleman; weeping and such, she helped the policeman to go about their business, searching for weapons or metal instruments. A quite humorous and extremely ironic twist