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Roald Dahl: The Landlady

Roald Dahl: „The Landlady“

„The Landlady” is a short story about a young man, Billy, who arrives in a foreign town because he is moving to a new post. While looking for a place to stay he discovers a little notice in a window, where he reads the words: “Bed and Breakfast”.
Then a very odd thing happens, he is so attracted by that notice that he goes to the house and presses the bell without really wanting it.
The Landlady who opens the door at once and who is a very friendly and lovely person, the house that seems to be very comfortable and the small price convince Billy to stay. The Landlady whose name isn’t mentioned in the whole text is very glad to see him. Everything is perfect and Billy counts himself very lucky but after a while he notices some queer things in the Landlady’s behaviour. For example she seems to be waiting for him for a very long time because there were only two other guests within the last two years. The names of the only two guests the Landlady ever had seem to be familiar to Billy but he doesn’t know why. Then the old lady tells him that they aren’t gone and that they are still living on the third floor what surprise him a bit. But he isn’t really distrustful because he thinks that she is just an old harmless lady that lost a son in war or something like that.
But while drinking a cup of tea that has an odd taste he remembers that he has read of these two boys in the headlines in the newspaper because they suddenly disappeared and weren’t seen anymore. But the Landlady tries to divert him with a conversation about the tea.
Then Billy realizes that the dog and the parrot in the living room aren’t alive because they are only stuffed. The Landlady has made it by herself and is very proud of it. She tells him that she stuffs all her little pets when they are dead.
In the end Billy wants getting sure that there wasn’t any other guest for except the two boys in the last two or three years and the Landlady answer...

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