The Landlady Reading Check a. What are Billy’s first impressions when he peers through the window of the bed and breakfast? b



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The Landlady


Reading Check 

a. What are Billy’s first impressions when he peers through the window of the bed and breakfast? 

b. Why does Billy enter the bed and breakfast, even though he likes staying in pubs? 

c. Describe the landlady’s house. What in the house is not what it appears to be? 

d. Billy keeps thinking he knows something about Mulholland and Temple. What is it that he knows but can’t recall? 

Questions

1. Review your reading notes. 
    • At what point in the story did you first become suspicious that things in the bed and breakfast were not quite normal? 
    • What predictions did you make? Did events turn out as you predicted? 
    • Were any questions left unanswered at the end of the story? 
2. What seems to be the landlady’s idea of a perfect guest? What happens to her guests, and how do you know? 

3. One relevant fact you may not know is that potassium cyanide, a favourite poison in mystery and suspense stories, has a faint bitter-almond taste. This is a clue that Billy is being poisoned. Go back to the text, and find other clues throughout the story that foreshadow Billy’s fate. (Can you find a hint in the very first paragraph?) 

4. What do you think happens just after the story ends? (Does Billy realize the danger he faces? If he does, is it too late, or does he escape?) Explain. 

5. Skim back through the story to find the points at which Billy makes fateful decisions. Choose one of these moments, and describe what Billy does and why he does it. How might a different decision have changed the outcome of the story? 

6. What do you think Dahl’s reasons were for not making the house seem frightening from the beginning?

The Landlady

Reading Check 

a. What are Billy’s first impressions when he peers through the window of the bed and breakfast? 

b. Why does Billy enter the bed and breakfast, even though he likes staying in pubs? 

c. Describe the landlady’s house. What in the house is not what it appears to be? 

d. Billy keeps thinking he knows something about Mulholland and Temple. What is it that he knows but can’t recall? 

Questions

1. Review your reading notes. 
    • At what point in the story did you first become suspicious that things in the bed and breakfast were not quite normal? 
    • What predictions did you make? Did events turn out as you predicted? 
    • Were any questions left unanswered at the end of the story? 
2. What seems to be the landlady’s idea of a perfect guest? What happens to her guests, and how do you know? 

3. One relevant fact you may not know is that potassium cyanide, a favourite poison in mystery and suspense stories, has a faint bitter-almond taste. This is a clue that Billy is being poisoned. Go back to the text, and find other clues throughout the story that foreshadow Billy’s fate. (Can you find a hint in the very first paragraph?) 

4. What do you think happens just after the story ends? (Does Billy realize the danger he faces? If he does, is it too late, or does he escape?) Explain. 

5. Skim back through the story to find the points at which Billy makes fateful decisions. Choose one of these moments, and describe what Billy does and why he does it. How might a different decision have changed the outcome of the story? 
6. What do you think Dahl’s reasons were for not making the house seem frightening from the beginning?




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