Lamb to the slaughter

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  • Marie Maloney straightens the house for Patrick Maloney, her husbands's, arrival. She greets him as he enters the home and hangs p his coat. As he takes a drink of whiskey and takes a rest, he tells Marie dreadful news. Marie Maloney, wife of Patrick Maloney waits for her husband's arrival by straightening the house  and greeting him as he comes in.  Mr. Maloney gives Marie some dreadful news.
  • Marie Maloney is very calm, patient and peaceful. She waited and happily prepared her husband's drink after keeping the home clean. She was patient, but yet stil couldn't wait for her husband to arrive. In the first paragraph, "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. There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did. The drop of the head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil." this shows that Marie Maloney truly cares and loves for Patrick.
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  • Hullo Darling
  • Marie is very shocked after hearing Patrick's dreadful news. Mary acts solely on impulse and heads to the freezer to carry on and pretends to not understand the situation. In the line, "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." this shows that she is not in complete control of herself being in a state of shock.
  • Marie Maloney still in shock walks and lands a blow on the back of Patrick's head. Marie wakes up, and then takes in the what happened. In the text, "Marie As the wife of a detective, she knew quite well what the penalty would be. That was fine. It made no difference to her. In fact, it would be a relief. On the other hand, what about the child? What were the laws about murderers with unborn children? Did they kill them both – mother and child? Or did they wait until the tenth month? What did they do?" Marie panics for the futures of both herself and her child, and feels frightened and shocked
  • Mary is trying to convince herself that she hasn't murdered Patrick. She knows she did in the back of her mind, because she came out of the state of shock from the previous frame. Mary isn't acting for her cover story because it states in the text above that, "she told herself to act natural and there will be no need for acting." This is true because Marie loves Patrick with all her heart. This is also shown in the first frame.
  • Marie Malonie calls the police. In one of the lines: "When the sergeant returned the second time, she looked at him with her large, dark tearful eyes." looking at this line, I think that after Marie Maloney realized for the first time that Patrick was truly dead, (shown in previous frame) I know for sure that her tears were not genuine. This is because she started at act rather than show true feeling. I also think she is not genuine because she didn't cry as much as someone would if someone dear had recently died.
  • “'Whoever done it, they’re not going to be carrying a thing like that around with them longer than they need.' One of them belched. '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." After reading this section in the story, Marie Malony is most definitely a dynamic character in the story "Lamb to the Slaughter." She was first a very calm and peaceful character, then gradually changes into a psychotic and creepy character.
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