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"The Landlady"

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Paige Bauer 5th Period September 8, 2005 "The Landlady" In the short story "The Landlady," Roald Dahl's use of foreshadowing prepared readers well for the end of the story. He used hints such as describing the outside of the bed and breakfast, giving details of the entry and the bedroom, and also telling the readers about the living room. To begin, Dahl used the outside of the bed and breakfast as a use of foreshadowing. The sign was described to be distinctive. It was portrayed to be luring the boy inside. Dahl used the opening of the door as a hint also. ...read more.


This was meant to make the lady seem like she was waiting for someone soon, since the bottle was still warm to keep the bed heated. There was also the guest book that had only two other entries. One was Chris Muholland and the other was Gregory Temple. These names sounded familiar to the boy and led to his curiosity of who they were. When the boy remembered where he saw the names before, which was in the newspaper claiming they were missing, it revealed that the men were in the bed and breakfast before they went missing. ...read more.


The tea was finally used as a clue. The lady gave the boy some tea that tasted of bitter almonds. The use of this information declared that something was in the tea to make it have an odd taste. These clues helped the reader realize that the boy was not going to be leaving that place again. Roald Dahl used good hints in this story to foreshadow the ending. Some clues were easy to catch, others you had to think about, but that's what made the story appealing. It breaks it down well by letting you think at the beginning, and then having it all come together in the end. He used his techniques well, and used foreshadowing well through the entire story. ...read more.

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