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Lamb to the Slaughter The short story is about Mary Maloney a young woman whos waiting for her husband the policeman Patrick Maloney to come home from work There is a smiling air about her and about everything she does Shes pregnant and this is now the sixth month with child At five oclock she hears his husband coming home Mary goes forward to kiss him when he enters For her this is the most blissful time of day She gives him his first drink and they sit down Mary really loves him She ever tries to be an excellent wife Mary does everything for him But today Patrick Maloney isnt in a good mood He really wants to tell her something very important He also says that this is going to be a bit of a shock for her But hes decided to tell her the truth He tells her everything After she watches him with a kind of dazed horror Although the reader doesnt know what theyre talking about the atmosphere of the story is changing First she doesnt believe it She hopes it would only be a bad dream but she realizes he was telling her the truth Mary wants to change her thoughts She promises him to prepare supper Mary takes a leg of lamb from the deep freeze then she walks up behind her husband and without any pause she swings the big frozen leg on the back of his head He crashes down the carpet She realizes that she has just killed him Suddenly she places the leg in a pan and turns the oven on high Marys thinking about how to act now To have a believable alibi she goes to the groceries and buys some vegetables and some cheesecake She tries to seem very happy to the shopkeeper At home shes acting as her husband were alive But when she sees him lying
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