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  • Exposition/Main conflict- Mary Maloney waits for her husband, Patrick, to get home from work. "Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come home from work." (Dahl 1)
  • Rising action- Patrick tells Mary something that is not described in the short story but it is clear that he has had an affair. "This is going to be a big shock to you, I'm afraid." he said. "But I've thought about it a good deal and I've decided that the only thing to do is to tell you immediately." (Dahl 2)
  • Climax- Out of anger Mary hits her husband across the head with a frozen lamb piece. "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." (Dahl 2)
  • Falling action- Mary has just killed her husband with the piece of lamb and now she's cooking the murder weapon. "She carried the meat into into the kitchen, put it into a pan, turned on the oven, and put the pan inside." (Dahl 2)
  • Resolution- The detectives investigating patricks death decide to eat at Marys house... they eat the murder weapon. " 'Whoever did it, he can't carry a weapon that big around with him' 'Personally, I think the weapon is somewhere near the house.' 'Its probably right under our noses. What do you think, Jack?' And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to laugh. "  (Dahl 4)
  • When a person is betrayed they may react drastically without thought
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