Lamb to the slaughter TEST

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  • "punctually as always, she heard the tires on the gravel outside, and the car door slamming, the footsteps passing the window, the key turning in the lock. She laid aside her sewing, 'Hullo darling,' she said." (pg 3-4)
  • "'Hullo darling,' he answered." (pg 5)
  • "And he told her. It didn’t take long, four or five minutes at most, and she stayed very still through it all, watching him with a kind of dazed horror as he went further and further away from her with each word. 'So there it is,' he added."(pg 35-36)
  • "'sit down' he said." (pg 12)
  • "'I’ll get the supper,' she managed to whisper, and this time he didn’t stop her. . . 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." (pg 38-40)
  • As all women would do in the 1950's, Mary patiently waited for her husband to arrive home from work, when he did arrive, she stopped what she was doing to greet him. This shows that Mary is happy with the marriage and would be glad to set aside what she is doing to say hello to her husband. It complicates the plot because this reviles that Mary would not want to murder Patrick, but in her blind rage she did.
  • "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 head." (pg 43)
  • "'For God’s sake,' he said, . . . 'Don’t make supper for me. I’m going out.'" (pg 42)
  • At this moment in the story Patrick is telling his wife that he wants to file for divorce.  As he is doing this, Mary cant believe her ears and doesn't know what to think. She eventually thought that it was just her dreaming and that this was never actually happening, she then proceeded to the kitchen. This complicates Mary's plot because it shows she does not react well to bad news.
  • "A few minutes later she got up and went to the phone. . . she cried to him, 'Quick! Come quick! Patrick’s dead!'" (pg 78)
  • "Soon, other men began to come into the house. . . There was a great deal of whispering and muttering beside the corpse, and the detectives kept asking her a lot of questions. "(pg 88)
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  • At this moment, Mary is in complete shock she endured from Patrick's announcement. ignoring the Patrick's request to leave her, she went into the kitchen to get supper, this is when she reaches for the club like leg of lamb.  This complicates the plot because it reveals the future murder weapon which is edible. This takes away from the evidence against her and will lead the police away from it.
  • "'well, . . . You must be terrible hungry by now because it’s long past your suppertime, . . Why don’t you eat up that lamb that’s in the oven?'"  (pg 118)
  • "'Have some more, Charlie?'     'No. Better not finish it.' 'She wants us to finish it. She said so. Be doing her a favor.'" (pg 122-124)
  • When Patrick told her that he was going out, something snapped in Mary and she hit him with the leg lamb, This complicates plot because it makes the murder weapon something unexpected and makes Mary the murderer. After she had done what she done, she went to the store and called the police to inform of a is relates to perfect murder because it is an unusual murder weapon.
  • At this moment the story, Mary had called the police and the police are questioning her and investigating the scene. This complicates the plot because the police had worked with Patrick in the police force before he had been murdered. Because of this, Mary and the other officers had known each other before and would make her seem less like a suspicious person.
  • As the police are investigating and questioning Mary, she gets the idea that they might realize that the murder weapon was the lamb's leg. Because of this she manipulates the police officers to eat the leg by telling them that they must be hungry after a long investigation. this ties into the women of the 1950's because
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