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Roald Dahl Short Stories

Roald Dahl Short Stories

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This is a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl this includes: Beware of the Dog, Man of the South, and Lamb to the Slaughter.
This is a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl this includes: Beware of the Dog, Man of the South, and Lamb to the Slaughter.

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BewareoftheDogbyRoaldDahl(1916-1990)WordCount:5072DOWNbelowtherewasonlyavastwhiteundulatingseaofcloud.Abovetherewasthesun,andthesunwaswhiteli
 
etheclouds,becauseitisneveryellowwhenoneloo
 
satitfromhighintheair.HewasstillflyingtheSpitfire.Hisrighthandwasonthestic
 
,andhewaswor
 
ingtherudderbarwithhisleftlegalone.Itwasquiteeasy.Themachinewasflyingwell,andhe
 
newwhathewasdoing.Everythingisfine,hethought.I'mdoingallright.I'mdoingnicely.I
 
nowmywayhome.I'llbethereinhalfanhour.WhenIlandIshalltaxiinandswitchoffmyengineandIshallsay,helpmetogetout,willyou.Ishallma
 
emyvoicesoundordinaryandnaturalandnoneofthemwillta
 
eanynotice.ThenIshallsay,someonehelpmetogetout.Ican'tdoitalonebecauseI'velostoneofmylegs.They'llalllaughandthin
 
thatI'mjo
 
ing,andIshallsay,allright,comeandhavealoo
 
,youunbelievingbastards.ThenYor
 
ywillclimbupontothewingandloo
 
inside.He'llprobablybesic
 
becauseofallthebloodandthemess.Ishalllaughandsay,forGod'ssa
 
e,helpmeout.Heglanceddownagainathisrightleg.Therewasnotmuchofitleft.Thecannonshellhadta
 
enhimonthethigh,justabovethe
 
nee,andnowtherewasnothingbutagreatmessandalotofblood.Buttherewasnopain.Whenheloo
 
eddown,hefeltasthoughhewereseeingsomethingthatdidnotbelongtohim.Ithadnothingtodowithhim.Itwasjustamesswhichhappenedtobethereinthecoc
 
pit;somethingstrangeandunusualandratherinteresting.Itwasli
 
efindingadeadcatonthesofa.Hereallyfeltfine,andbecausehestillfeltfine,hefeltexcitedandunafraid.Iwon'tevenbothertocallupontheradioforthebloodwagon,hethought.Itisn'tnecessary.AndwhenIlandI'llsittherequitenormallyandsay,someofyoufellowscomeandhelpmeout,willyou,becauseI'velostoneofmylegs.Thatwillbefunny.I'lllaughalittlewhileI'msayingit;I'llsayitcalmlyandslowly,andthey'llthin
 
I'mjo
 
ing.WhenYor
 
ycomesupontothewingandgetssic
 
,I'llsay,Yor
 
y,youoldsonofabitch,haveyoufixedmycaryet?ThenwhenIgetoutI'llma
 
emyreportandlaterI'llgouptoLondon.I'llta
 
ethathalfbottleofwhis
 
ywithmeandI'llgiveittoBluey.We'llsitinherroomanddrin
 
it.I'llgetthewateroutofthebathroomtap.Iwon'tsaymuchuntilit'stimetogotobed,thenIllsay,Bluey,I'vegotasurpriseforyou.Ilostalegtoday.ButIdon'tmindsolongasyoudon't.Itdoesn'tevenhurt.We'llgoeverywhereincars.Ialwayshatedwal
 
ing,exceptwhenIwal
 
eddownthestreetofthecoppersmithsinBagdad,butIcouldgoinaric
 
shaw.Icouldgohomeandchopwood,buttheheadalwaysfliesofftheax.Hotwater,that'swhatitneeds;putitinthebathandma
 
ethehandleswell.IchoppedlotsofwoodlasttimeIwenthome,andIputtheaxinthebath....Thenhesawthesunshiningontheenginecowlingofhismachine.Hesawtherivetsinthemetal,andherememberedwherehewas.Herealizedthathewasnolongerfeelinggood;thathewassic
 
andgiddy.Hishead
 
eptfallingforwardontohischestbecausehisnec
 
seemednolongertohaveanystrength.Buthe
 
newthathewasflyingtheSpitfire,andhecouldfeelthehandleofthestic
 
betwee
 
nthefingersofhisrighthand.I'mgoingtopassout,hethought.AnymomentnowI'mgoingtopassout.Heloo
 
edathisaltimeter.Twenty-onethousand.Totesthimselfhetriedtoreadthehundredsaswellasthethousands.Twenty-onethousandandwhat?Asheloo
 
edthedialbecameblurred,andhecouldnotevenseetheneedle.He
 
newthenthathemustbailout;thattherewasnotasecondtolose,otherwisehewouldbecomeunconscious.Quic
 
ly,frantically,hetriedtoslidebac
 
thehoodwithhislefthand,buthehadnotthestrength.Forasecondhetoo
 
hisrighthandoffthestic
 
,andwithbothhandshemanagedtopushthehoodbac
 
.Therushofcoldaironhisfaceseemedtohelp.Hehadamomentofgreatclearness,andhisactionsbecameorderlyandprecise.Thatiswhathappenswithagoodpilot.Hetoo
 
somequic
 
deepbreathsfromhisoxygenmas
 
,andashedidso,heloo
 
edoutoverthesideofthecoc
 
pit.Downbelowtherewasonlyavastwhiteseaofcloud,andherealizedthathedidnot
 
nowwherehewas.It'llbetheChannel,hethought.I'msuretofallinthedrin
 
.Hethrottledbac
 
,pulledoffhishelmet,undidhisstraps,andpushedthestic
 
hardovertotheleft.TheSpitfiredrippeditsportwing,andturnedsmoothlyoverontoitsbac
 
.Thepilotfellout.Ashefellheopenedhiseyes,becausehe
 
newthathemustnotpassoutbeforehehadpulledthecord.Ononesidehesawthesun;ontheotherhesawthewhitenessoftheclouds,andashefell,ashesomersaultedintheair,thewhitecloudschasedthesunandthesunchasedtheclouds.Theychasedeachotherinasmallcircle;theyranfasterandfaster,andtherewasthesunandthecloudsandthecloudsandthesun,andthecloudscameneareruntilsuddenlytherewasnolongeranysun,butonlyagreatwhiteness.Thewholeworldwaswhite,andtherewasnothinginit.Itwassowhitethatsometimesitloo
 
edblac
 
,andafteratimeitwaseitherwhiteorblac
 
,butmostlyitwaswhite.Hewatcheditasitturnedfromwhitetoblac
 
,andthenbac
 
towhiteagain,andthewhitestayedforalongtime,buttheblac
 
lastedonlyforafewseconds.Hegotintothehabitofgoingtosleepduringthewhiteperiods,andofwa
 
ingupjustintimetoseetheworldwhenitwasblac
 
.Buttheblac
 
wasveryquic
 
.Sometimesitwasonlyaflash,li
 
esomeoneswitchingoffthelight,andswitchingitonagainatonce,andsowheneveritwaswhite,hedozedoff.Oneday,whenitwaswhite,heputoutahandandhetouchedsomething.Hetoo
 
itbetweenhisfingersandcrumpledit.Foratimehelaythere,idlylettingthetipsofhisfingersplaywiththethingwhichtheyhadtouched.Thenslowlyheopenedhiseyes,loo
 
eddownathishand,andsawthathewasholdingsomethingwhichwaswhite.Itwastheedgeofasheet.He
 
newitwasasheetbecausehecouldseethetextureofthematerialandthestitchingsonthehem.Hescreweduphiseyes,andopenedthemagainquic
 
ly.Thistimehesawtheroom.Hesawthebedinwhichhewaslying;hesawthegreywallsandthedoorandthegreencurtainsoverthewindow.Thereweresomerosesonthetablebyhisbed.Thenhesawthebasinonthetableneartheroses.Itwasawhiteenamelbasin,andbesideittherewasasmallmedicineglass.Thisisahospital,hethought.Iaminahospital.Buthecouldremembernothing.Helaybac
 
onhispillow,loo
 
ingattheceilingandwonderingwhathadhappened.Hewasgazingatthesmoothgreynessoftheceilingwhichwassocleanandgray,andthensuddenlyhesawaflywal
 
inguponit.Thesightofthisfly,thesuddennessofseeingthissmallblac
 
spec
 
onaseaofgray,brushedthesurfaceofhisbrain,andquic
 
ly,inthatsecond,herememberedeverything.HerememberedtheSpitfireandherememberedthealtimetershowingtwenty-onethousandfeet.Herememberedthepushingbac
 
ofthehoodwithbothhands,andheremembe
 
redthebailingout.Herememberedhisleg.Itseemedallrightnow.Heloo
 
eddownattheendofthebed,buthecouldnottell.Heputonehandunderneaththebedclothesandfeltforhis
 
nees.Hefoundoneofthem,butwhenhefeltfortheother,hishandtouchedsomethingwhichwassoftandcoveredinbandages.Justthenthedooropenedandanursecamein."Hello,"shesaid."Soyou'vewa
 
edupatlast."Shewasnotgood-loo
 
ing,butshewaslargeandclean.Shewasbetweenthirtyandfortyandshehadfairhair.Morethanthathedidnotnotice."WhereamI?""You'realuc
 
yfellow.Youlandedinawoodnearthebeach.You'reinBrighton.Theybroughtyouintwodaysago,andnowyou'reallfixedup.Youloo
 
fine.""I'velostaleg,"hesaid."That'snothing.We'llgetyouanotherone.Nowyoumustgotosleep.Thedoctorwillbecomingtoseeyouinaboutanhour."Shepic
 
edupthebasinandthemedicineglassandwentout.Buthedidnotsleep.Hewantedto
 
eephiseyesopenbecausehewasfrightenedthatifheshutthemagaineverythingwouldgoaway.Helayloo
 
ingattheceiling.Theflywasstillthere.Itwasveryenergetic.Itwouldrunforwardveryfastforafewinches,thenitwouldstop.Thenitwouldrunforwardagain,stop,runforward,stop,andeverynowandthenitwouldta
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eoffandbuzzaroundviciouslyinsmallcircles.Italwayslandedbac
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inthesameplaceontheceilingandstartedrunningandstoppingalloveragain.Hewatcheditforsolongthatafterawhileitwasnolongerafly,butonlyablac
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spec
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uponaseaofgray,andhewasstillwatchingitwhenthenurseopenedthedoor,andstoodasidewhilethedoctorcamein.HewasanArmydoctor,amajor,andhehadsomelastwarribbonsonhischest.Hewasbaldandsmall,buthehadacheerfulfaceand
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indeyes."Well,well,"hesaid."Soyou'vedecidedtowa
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eupatlast.Howareyoufeeling?""Ifeelallright.""That'sthestuff.You'llbeupandaboutinnotime."Thedoctortoo
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hiswristtofeelhispulse."Bytheway,"hesaid,"someoftheladsfromyoursquadronwereringingupandas
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ingaboutyou.Theywantedtocomealongandseeyou,butIsaidthatthey'dbetterwaitadayortwo.Toldthemyouwereallright,andthattheycouldcomeandseeyoualittlelateron.Justliequietandta
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eiteasyforabit.Gotsomethingtoread?"Heglancedatthetablewiththeroses."No.Well,nursewillloo
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afteryou.She'llgetyouanythingyouwant."Withthathewavedhishandandwentout,followedbythelargecleannurse.Whentheyhadgone,helaybac
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andloo
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edattheceilingagain.Theflywasstillthereandashelaywatchingitheheardthenoiseofanairplaneinthedistance.Helaylisteningtothesoundofitsengines.Itwasalongwayaway.Iwonderwhatitis,hethought.LetmeseeifIcanplaceit.Suddenlyhejer
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edhisheadsharplytooneside.AnyonewhohasbeenbombedcantellthenoiseofaJ

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