"“it’s still not too late. There’s plenty of meat and stuff in the freezer, and you can have it right here and not even move out of the chair.”"
perhaps he hadn’t even spoken, that she herself had imagined the whole thing. 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.
Mary Maloney was a dynamic character that changed drastically throughout the story. At the beginning of the story, she is eagerly waiting for her husband to come home from his job as an officer. But her opinion on him changes dramatically after he tells her that he's leaving her, and she eventually kills him.
Effect on Others
Mary Maloney loved her husband, and would do anything to make her happy. Her husband, however, wasn't as happy about their marriage as Mary.
When Patrick (Mary's husband) told Mary that he was leaving her, she was in complete disbelief and was so horrified that she refused to accept that he actually said that, and that everything is fine, but it wasn't.
Mary Maloney is able to convince the people she encounters that everything is fine, and that she isn't the culprit of the murder of her husband. She is so polite and generous to people all the time that no one seems to suspect her of any mischeif.
After Mary finds out that her husband's leaving her, she goes into so much shock and terror that she goes into the kitchen hits her husband with a frozen leg of lamb in the back of the head. While it might have seen intentional, it was stated before that "She couldn’t feel anything at all – except a slight nausea and a desire to vomit. Everything was automatic now..." it also stated that she didn't realize what she had done until a couple of seconds later.
"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."
Mary Maloney is described as having soothing, pale skin and dark eyes. She acted the way that women were depicted in the sixties, as she sows