Lamb to the Slaughter

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  • The Big News
  • “Darling,” she said. “Would you like me to get you some cheese? I haven’t made any supper because it’s Thursday.” her husband then said some shocking words and followed up with saying,"'So there it is,'" he added. '"And I know it’s kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn’t any other way. Of course I’ll give you money and see you’re looked after. But there needn’t really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. It wouldn’t be very good for my job.'" (paragraph 35 and 18)
  • "Maybe, if she went about her business and acted as though she hadn’t been listening, then later, when she sort of woke up again, she might find none of it had ever happened. “I’ll get the supper,” she managed to whisper, and this time he didn’t stop her." (Paragraph 36 and 37)
  • Distracting Herself
  • "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." what then happened was "The violence of the crash, the noise, the small table overturning, helped bring her out of her shock. She came out slowly, feeling cold and surprised, and she stood for a while blinking at the body, still holding the ridiculous piece of meat tight with both hands." (paragraph 42 and 45)
  • Creating a Plan
  • Grocer-“How about afterwards?What you going to give him for afterwards?” Mary:“Well – what would you suggest, Sam?” Grocer-The man glanced around his shop. “How about a nice big slice of cheesecake? I know he likes that.”Mary-“Perfect,” she said. “He loves it.” (paragraph 66-69)
  • This piece shows that in the beginning of the story Mary Maloney did not suspect anything wrong with her marriage. Until this night when her husband told her this shocking news, there was nothing wrong. In the video this is exactly what it shows. She was very unaware that anything was different or about to happen. She changes throughout the story emotionally.
  • Building an Alibi
  • Mary-“Quick! Come quick! Patrick’s dead!” Police-“Who’s speaking?” Mary-“Mrs. Maloney. Mrs. Patrick Maloney.” Police-“You mean Patrick Maloney’s dead?” Mary-“I think so,” she sobbed.“He’s lying on the floor and I think he’s dead." Police-“Be right over,” the man said. (paragraph 77-82) 
  • This piece shows the emotional reaction Mary Maloney had to the horrible news. She was so shocked and surprised that she didn't realize what she was doing. She tried to pretend nothing had happened and that everything was going to be fine, but deep down she knew that was not the case. In the video it is very clear to see the emotional and physical change happening.
  • Manipulation
  • This piece shows that once Mary Maloney killed her husband she realized what she had just done, but had no remorse. In fact, she knew the consequences for her actions and started worrying about how she will cover it up. She did not show in care for her husband or that he was gone. All she cared about was herself and how she would deal with the murder. In the text it evens states,"As the wife of a detective, she knew quite well what the penalty would be. That was fine. It made no difference to her."
  • A Perfect Murder
  • “Well,” she said. “Here you all are, and good friends of dear Patrick’s too, and helping to catch the man who killed him. You must be terrible hungry by now because it’s long past your suppertime, and I know Patrick would never forgive me, God bless his soul, if I allowed you to remain in his house without offering you decent hospitality. Why don’t you eat up that lamb that’s in the oven? It’ll be cooked just right by now.” (paragraph 116)
  • This piece shows that Mary Maloney had realized what she had done and is now trying to creating a background and alibi so it looks as if she did not commit the crime. In the text it even shows her practicing how to act happy so that the grocer doesn't suspect anything. It is at this time when she also starts to pretend and walk into her house like nothing happened. Even calling to him, “Patrick!” she called. “How are you, darling?”.
  • In this part of the story Mary Maloney starts to manipulate the police by having strong evidence, acting, and emotions. Although none of what Mary is telling the police is true, it is easy to believe and is supported by the claims that she is making. Mary has still not shown any true remorse for what she has done, which shows that she never really cared for her husband in the first place. This reveals her character and who she really is.
  • This piece shows the last step to Mary Maloney's perfect murder. The cops did not suspect a thing that she had done it because of the roles of women in that time period.  She also had a very strong alibi, and she had the cops eat the murder weapon. There was no trace back to her or any particular evidence that made her seem like she had killed her own husband. In the video you can see the whole character transformation.
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