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The Landlady

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Halle Davis

on 27 January 2013

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Transcript of The Landlady

The Landlady By Roald Dahl Plot The Landlady Protagonist Antagonist Conflict Falling Action and Conclusion/Resolution The conflicts in the story is person vs. self when Billy has to decide whether to stay at the bed and breakfast or go to The Bell and Dragon. The antagonist of the story is the landlady. She owns the Bed
and Breakfast that Billy stays at in Bath. "She looked exactly like the mother of one’s best school- friend welcoming one into the house to stay for the Christmas holidays." She looked 45 or 50 years old. The other conflict in this story is person vs. person.
Billy vs. The Landlady
Billy has to stay with the landlady and drink some tea before bed. He tries to ask the landlady why the two names in the guest book are familiar. The protagonist of this story is Billy Weaver. He is traveling to Bath for work from London. " Billy was seventeen years old. He was wearing a new navy-blue overcoat, a new brown trilby hat, and a new brown suit, and he was feeling fine." The Setting The Setting of "The Landlady" is in Bath, England at a Bed and Breakfast. "Green curtains (some sort of velvety material) were hanging down on either side of the window. The chrysanthemums looked wonderful beside them. He went right up and peered through the glass into the room, and the first thing he saw was a bright fire burning in the hearth. On the carpet in front of the fire, a pretty little dachshund was curled up asleep with its nose tucked into its belly." This was what Billy saw from the window of the B and B. Falling Action: As Billy talks to the landlady, she reveals that the dog by the fire and the parrot were stuffed by the Landlady. They also continue to talk about Mr. Mulholland and Mr.Temple. "I stuff all of my little pets myself when they pass away."
Conclusion: Billy drinks the tea offered to him from the landlady as he signs a guest book. The tea ends up killing him and the landlady stuffs him just like the two other guests and all of her little pets. "the tea tasted faintly of bitter almonds, and he didn't much care for it." About the Author:
Roald Dahl Exposition and Rising Action: Exposition: Billy arrives in Bath, England for work. He needs to find a place to stay for the night and comes across a Bed and Breakfast on his way to The Bell and Dragon, a hotel Billy was originally going to stay at. "Suddenly, in a downstairs window that was brilliantly illuminated by a street lamp not six yards away, Billy caught sight of a printed notice propped up against the glass in one of the upper panes. It said 'Bed and Breakfast'."
Rising Action: Billy decided to stay at the cheap bed and breakfast. He meets the elderly who owns the place. She shows Billy to his room. Once he is settled the landlady asks him to sign in the guest book down stairs. "But before you go to bed, would you be kind enough to pop in to the sitting room in the ground floor and sign the book? Everyone has to do that because its the law of the land, and we don't want to go breaking laws at THIS stage in the proceedings, do we?'" Climax Climax/Turning Point: Billy signs the book. While doing this Billy realizes that there have been only two other people to stay at this Bed and Breakfast in over two years. The names of the people also seemed familiar. This seemed strange to Billy. "Well, you see, both of these names- Mulholland and Temple- I not only seem to remember each one of them separately, so to speak, but somehow or other, in some peculiar way, they both appear to be sort of connected together as well' -Born September 13, 1916
-He did not start writing for children until he had children
-He was a Hurricane fighter pilot during World War II
-He died November 23, 1990 Theme & Point of View: The theme of "the Landlady" is trust your instincts. If something seems strange or doesn't feel right, do what you think is best for the situation.

Point of View: The point of view in this story is 3rd person omniscient.
" She was halfway up the stairs, and she paused with one hand on the stair rail , turning her head and smiling down at him with pale lips."
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