"Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come him from work.5 Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come." (4-7)
"Hullo darling," (16)
"She laid aside her sewing, stood up, and went forward to kiss him as he came in." (13-14)
"Hullo darling," (15)
"She lowered herself back slowly into the chair, watching him all the time with those large, bewildered eyes. He had finished the second drink and was staring down into the glass, frowning."
"She couldn’t feel anything at all- except a slight nausea and a desire to vomit.Everything was automatic now-down the steps to the cellar, the light switch, the deep freeze, the hand inside the cabinet taking hold of the first object it met. She lifted it out,and looked at it. It was wrapped in paper, so she took off the paper and looked at it again." (90-94)
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.She might just as well have hit him with a steel club. She stepped back a pace, waiting, and the funny thing was that he remained standing there for at least four or five seconds, gently swaying. Then he crashed to the carpet. (101-106)
"There was a good deal of hesitating among the four policemen, but they were clearly hungry, and in the end they were persuaded to go into the kitchen and help themselves. The woman stayed where she was, listening to them speaking among themselves, their voices thick and sloppy because their mouths were full of meat." (271-274)