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The Landlady

The Landlady

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Published by Reen T. Ali
Elective Subject : Literature in English Form 4 & 5 - teacher's notes (unedited and produced in 2006)
Elective Subject : Literature in English Form 4 & 5 - teacher's notes (unedited and produced in 2006)

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Published by: Reen T. Ali on Apr 09, 2013
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THE LANDLADY BY ROALD DAHLSYNOPSIS
In this story, Billy Weaver, a seventeen-year-old young man from London goes toBath to report for work. As he looks for accommodation, he is drawn to a house where alandlady seems to be expecting him. The house and landlady seem friendly andwelcoming, and he looks forward to staying there. He is surprised that there is no other guest in the house. When she asks him to sign in the guest book, his attention is caught by two other guest names written in the book. He tries to figure out where he had seenthe names and finally recalls that the names were in the newspaper. He then notices thatthe last entry was written two years before him. As he tries recalling more about the twonames, Christhopher Mulholland and Gregory W.Temple, she informs him that the twoguests are still in the house, on the third floor. As he picks up his teacup, he realizes thatthe beautiful parrot and dog in the sitting room are not alive but beautifully preserved.The landlady says that she preserved the animals.
CHARACTERS
The Landlady
 
Forty-five or fifty years old
 
Round pink face and gentle blue eyes
 
Has small, white hands and red finger-nails
 
Warm, welcoming, pleasant and friendly
 
Lonely
 
Sinister looking
 
Absent-minded (forgets his name)
 
Cunning and scheming (the way she decorated the living room to attract her guests)
 
Mentally ill
 Billy Weaver 
 
Seventeen-year-old young man
 
Tall and handsome with beautiful looking teeth
 
Dressed in rather old-fashioned way
 
Inquisitive
 
Easily trusting and naive
 
Observant
THEMES
Preservation of BeautyLoneliness
POINT OF VIEW
Third person narrative

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