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Compare the 'Old soldier' in A Terribly Strange Bed with the Landlady in Dahl's story - What are the similarities and differences between them?

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Wider reading Compare the 'Old soldier' in A Terribly Strange Bed with the Landlady in Dahl's story. What are the similarities and differences between them? In this assignment I hope to tell you about the Landlady and the Old soldier. Their similarities and differences, and descriptions (both physically and mentally) which may have lead us to suspect them. Both the Old soldier and Landlady deceived their victims before attempting to kill them. The Landlady deceives her victim (Billy Weaver) by attracting him to the Bed and Breakfast, with the wonderful pussy willows, a bright burning fire to make the place look cosy, and a pretty little daschund which is dead, but stuffed so people think it is real, " I stuff all my pets myself when they pass away." Said the Landlady. The Bed and Breakfast was filled with pleasant furniture, and animals, which made Billy, think it was a good sign and a decent place to stay in. ...read more.


There is evidence that the Landlady is kind and generous, " After all, she was not only harmless-there was no question about that-but she was also quite obviously a kind and generous soul." This is strong evidence from the text to show that the Landlady was acting friendly, and being kind and generous, at first. There is also evidence to show that the Old soldier was friendly and caring, " What remains for me to do? I ask what? Simply this: to entreat my valued English friend to drink a bottle of champagne with me," Said the Old soldier. This is also strong evidence to prove that the Old soldier treats him well and offers him a drink. He even calls him 'valued English friend' which shows that he values him very highly. We as readers, suspect that all is not what it seam's however. One of the differences between the Landlady and the Old soldier is, that the Old soldier approaches his victims, " Shortly after he had gone a hoarse voice behind me came..." ...read more.


She had no one to help or to be her accomplice. The Old soldier kills and steals from his victims for their money, this is a difference. He encourages them to keep winning and at the end of the day he kills them for money. The Landlady is totally different and strange. She kills her victims, and then just stuffs them and takes them upstairs, where she stores them for years. The Old soldier got caught at the end when he attempted to kill the English man. Whereas the Landlady didn't, this is a major difference. And also shows that the Landlady is very clever and doesn't leave much evidence behind. In part's of the story, we as readers, suspect the Old soldier, but we don't know what to suspect. However, the Landlady is quiet and friendly, so we didn't suspect her at first because we think she is an ordinary Landlady. But later on in the story we start to suspect her, such as when she mentioned Christopher Mullholland and Gregory W. Temple, she was confused and kept trying to change the subject. English Coursework ...read more.

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