Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter

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  • She Took his coat and hung it in the closet. then she walked over and made the drinks, a strongish one for him, a weak one for her. "Tired Darling?" line 41
  • "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.”
  • "Don't make supper for me. I'm going out."
  • Mary's husband comes in to the house with sadness and is very quiet. Wives in the 50's were supposed to look after men, and do what they say, without hesitation. Mary was automatically trying to help him by taking his coat and asking about his day.she also pours him a glass of whiskey.
  • “I want some potatoes please, Sam. Yes, and I think a can of peas.Patrick’s decided he’s tired and doesn’t want to eat out tonight. We usually go out Thursdays, you know, and now he’s caught me without any vegetables in the house.”
  • You can infer that the husband want's a divorce. This is shocking because in the 50's, women did not have jobs, so they could not live long independently, so that is why the husband is giving her money. The husband does not want any fuss because he is a high ranking officer because in line 60-61 it states,"“that when a policeman gets to be as senior as you."
  • "Is he dead?"
  • Mary is about to hit her husband with a leg of lamb.  The husband is in a bad mood so he is going out to eat without his wife. This is not like a 50's typical day because the wife usually cooks, or the wife goes with the husband. This is not happening because the husband want's space from Mary.
  • 'Giggle!'
  • Mary is acting normally, like nothing has happened at home, so no one has any suspicion. She is smiling, and shows she is not worried, only saying her husband is tired and wants to eat at home instead of go out to eat. This is like people in the 50's because the women go shopping and do whatever the husband says, which is how she is getting away with killing her husband. 
  • Mary is acting as though she has no idea what is going on, or who killed him. That is typical in the 50's because women didn't have jobs because they were not looked upon as smart, so she had an advantage in her case. the police assume it is a burgular who had a blunt item, like a bat.
  • Mary has got the police to eat the evidence of the murder. She has manipulated the police by making them think found her husband after she went shopping, making the evidence, and making them think the murder was unexpected by crying and being in shock when telling the police the answers to their questions.
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