The landlady by Roald Dhal

The landlady by road dhal is a typical short story. The short story develops over a short period of time, and there are few characters in the story. Also, the excitement in the story builds up towards the end.

The story is basically about a Seventeen-year-old boy named Billy weaver, who is looking for a place to spend the night in Bath. I had read the story before, so I knew exactly what would happen. This time, I understood more about the story though. When I first read the story in middle school, I did not understand the story, but I remember thinking that it started quite nice. I thought that the landlady was such a nice person, but later I understood that she was a bit crazy. First I thought she was just a little forgetful but in the end I realized that she was mad.

The suspense was built up when Billy came in to the living room and realized that all the cozy animals were dead and stuffed. I got surprised that she had stuffed all her deceased animals, and I believe that she stuffed her other male visitors as well. I think that she put something poisonous in their tea, which made them die and later stuffed them as a “souvenir.”

In the 70´s it was made a series called The tales of the un expected, “The land lady” was adapted for film, and my class and I have just watched it. There were several differences between the movie and the short story. The short story started with Billy taking the train towards Bath, and he quickly started looking for a plaice to stay. In the movie, Billy talked for a while, with a priest on the train, who told him where he could spend the night.

The biggest difference between the movie and the short story is the fact that the short story lest the reader imagine what will happen next. The reader doesn’t know if the landlady has stuffed the men. The movie on the other hand, reveals everything. In contrast to the short story, we can see the stuffed men and we can see the landlady preparing for stuffing Billy.

Picture form the move "The landlady"
Picture form the move “The landlady”

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