Lamb to the Slaughter

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  • “Tired darling?” (Line 41)
  • “I’ll get the supper,” she managed to whisper, and this time he didn’t stop her.  (Line 110-111)
  • All right, she told herself. So I’ve killed him. (Line 138)
  • This goes to show that she loves and enjoys her husband and loves to luxuriate in his presence. If anything happened with him she wouldn't know what to do. Most women in the 1950s loved their husbands enough to do anything for them.
  • “Patrick’s decided he’s tired and doesn’t want to eat out tonight,” she told him. “We usually go out Thursdays, you know, and now he’s caught me without any vegetables in the house.” (Lines 170-172)
  • After he tells her that he doesn't love her anymore and wants to get a divorce, she is distraught. She loves him and she doesn't know what to do now since she is pregnant.
  • All the old love and longing for him welled up inside her, and she ran over to him, knelt down beside him, and began to cry her heart out. (Lines 214-216)
  • She clearly has a hard time understanding what she has done subconsciously. She does things without thinking and doesn't freak out over it. This shows that she knows what to do in this situation. It shows that she isn't stupid and that she is clever.
  • “Probably right under our very noses. What you think, Jack?” And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle. (Last 2 lines)
  • It shows that she is trying to cover up what she had done to Patrick by acting as though everything is fine. It shows that she is smart. 
  • It shows that she felt genuinely sad about Patrick's death, but it would also aid her in her seeming innocent and sad about the whole ordeal.
  • It shows that she is clever enough to get rid of evidence and act as though she had done nothing but come home and cry. Now, she shows no remorse, even though earlier she was crying her heart out.
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