We are introduced to the character Mr.Weaver who is staying in Bath, London for a businesses trip. He is supposed to be staying at the bell and dragon, but along the way he encounters a Bed and Breakfast.
He goes to enter the B and B, and when he rings the door bell, the landlady opens it instantly. He gets his room and she requests for him to sign the guest book before he goes to bed. When he does he sees two other names which look very familiar he sits down to talk with the land lady and starts to drink some tea.
As he's talking to the landlady about the names he remember one of the names form the news paper and thinks he was an Eton school boy. After that he realizes the parrot and the dog in her living room are stuffed and that she did them herself.
As he sits down to talk again he finishes his tea and the landlady asks if he wants more. He says no because the though that the tea tasted like bitter almonds.
Mr. weaver talks to the landlady once more about the names in the book. earlier in the story she mention that the two men were still there, but when Mr. Weaver asks who's else is there she responds "only you."
The theme of this story is don't trust everyone you meet. If Mr. Weaver hadn't convinced himself the landlady was reasonably sane he would have been poisoned by her. The overall conflict of the story was person vs. person, because in this case Mr. Weaver is going up against the landlady
If I had just gone to the Bell and Dragon i wouldn't be presumably dead right now!