Unexpected ending, typical Roald Dahl

25 Sep

The Landlady by Roald Dahl

The landlady is a short story written by Roald Dahl. A famous Norwegian writer.

The landlady is a story about a boy called Billy Weaver. He is a seventeen years old boy who is going to a town called Bath on a work trip. He needs to find a place to stay and when he walks down the street he finds a nice bed and breakfast. Billy was not sure if he should keep looking or not, but he pressed the bell and in a mater of seconds a lady opened the door and told him to come inside. Billy walked in and took of his hat, from the outside the bed and breakfast looked like a nice place and he was not sure if it would be to expensive, but the landlady made a generous offer.

The landlady was really nice and polite, even though Billy though she was a bit out of it. He got the whole second floor to himself and packed out before he went down to write his name in the guest book. The Landlady had told him that this was important because of the laws. When he wrote in his name in the book he noticed that there only was two names above his own. He really felt like he had seen them before and came to the conclusion that booth names must have been in a newspaper headline.

The landlady said that she did not know where he had seen their names before, but they were handsome, nice young men just like him. Billy had noticed a parrot when he came and told her how real it looked, she said that she had stuffed all her animals herself and Billy released that the dog that laid in front of them was dead too. He though this was admiring. Billy could not let go of the two names of the boys so he asked when they left, the landlady answered- They never left, they live at the third floor.

This story got an really unexpected ending because no one would think that this nice landlady stuffed her own animals and the people she lets in to the bed and breakfast never leaves. Its also surprising that she kills Billy. At the beginning you would never guess that the two people that have lived there before never left. I don’t think that anyone who reads this story will be able to guess the outcome before they read it in the end.

We watched a movie about the landlady also, and the movie is a bit different. I liked the movie the best because it was easier to understand and follow the story.

this is the link to the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSgNs8CvSVI


One Response to “Unexpected ending, typical Roald Dahl”

  1. Ann S. Michaelsen 02/10/2012 at 15:03 #

    I liked the short story the best! Still we both agree that it has an unexpected ending! You should move your clustermap to the top of your blog, since you have so many visitors from so many different places!

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