If you wouldn't mind, please sign the guest book. It is the law after all.
Temple and Mulholland
Also, whenever I forget your name, I can come down and check. That is what I do with Mr....
I'm sure I've seen these names before, maybe on the newspaper?
How amusing, but come over here now, dear, and sit down beside me and I’ll give you a nice cup of tea before you go to bed.”
The landlady takes Billy to his room on floor 3. After he had settled down, the landlady asked him to sing the guest book, where only two names were written, three years apart.
Now wait a minute, Christopher Mulholland... Wasn’t that the name of the schoolboy who was on a walking tour, and then all of a sudden . .
Would you like sugar, or milk?
The landlady keeps forgetting Billy's last name as she keeps forgetting Mr. Temple and Mulholland's, even though she seems to know so much about them. She also states that she goes down to check Mr. Mulholland and Temple's names when she forgets them, even though Billy never saw them around.
I suppose he left fairly recently?
My Mr. Mulholland was certainly not a schoolboy when he came to me. He was a Cambridge undergraduate. Now drink up!
Billy recognizes the two boys' names, and after thinking it through, he decides that he read it somewhere in the newspaper. When he questions the landlady about it she only changes the topic to the tea.
That parrot,You know something? I could have sworn it was alive.Did you stuff it yourself?
Left? He never left. He’s still here. Mr. Temple is also here. They’re on the fourth floor, both of them together.
Once Billy remembers the article he read Mulholland's name, he states that Mulholland was a schoolboy who went missing, but before he could finish his sentence, the landlady continues to interrupt him and talks about the tea she prepared for him
Yes please, but-
The landlady argues that Mulholland was not a schoolboy but he was an undergraduate instead. She also describes how soft his skin was, how Billy was the same age as him, and how his teeth weren't as white as Billy's. Billy questions the landlady about the date of Mulholland's leave.
The landlady explains that Mulholland and Temple were still there, and how they both stay in floor 4. Billy notices the stuffed parrot and dog, and asks the landlady about them. The landlady tells him that she stuffed them herself, and how she stuffs every one of her pets that die.
Of course, I stuff all my pets when they pass away