"Lamb to the Slaughter"

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  • Hello darling, good to see you home. Would you like a drink?
  • "Lamb to the Slaughter" Roald Dahl
  • Sure.
  • I can make you some dinner, would you like that? Or another drink?
  • No, sit down. I need to tell you something, I have been having an affair.
  • So I've killed him.
  • I want some potatoes please, Sam. Yes, and I think a can of peas. Patrick is tired and wants dinner but I have no fresh food.
  • Mary Maloney has been waiting for her husband to arrive from work patiently. When Patrick comes home Mary is pleased to see him and gives him a drink.
  • Okay, you want to give him cheesecake for dessert?
  • Mary notices Mr. Maloney is tired and is acting odd, not accepting any of her requests to make him another drink or dinner and then he tells Mary some shocking news.
  • OH MY GOODNESS!
  • Call the other detectives, what do you think could have been the murder weapon?
  • It has to be a heavy blunt instrument, but there's nothing like that anywhere.
  • Mary decides to make supper to get her mind off the news she just heard. Mary finds a leg of lamb in the freezer and out of anger she hits Patrick in the head with the lamb and kills him, then places the lamb in the oven.
  • I feel bad eating this food.
  • Don't feel bad, she offered.
  • The murder weapon is probably right under our noses.
  • Mary decides she is going to act like nothing happened and go to the store to pick up some fresh food so she can fix Mr. Maloney a nice supper, to get rid of any suspicion in the future that she did it.
  • When she came home she acted very surprised to find her husband dead and called the police. When they came they investigated but could find no murder weapon and empathized with Mary.
  • Mary insisted that the police eat the lamb in the oven and while they were eating they discussed how the murder weapon was probably, "right under their noses." Mary stood in the other room chuckling.
  • *quiet sound of chucking from another room*
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