By Roald Dahl Website by Daisy, Andi, Cory, and Jared.
Mary and Patrick Maloney
Mary Maloney and Patrick Maloney are a married couple whose love for eachother is not as strong as it is supposed to be. Patrick Maloney usually answers to Marys questions in one word or two word sentences. Mary asked “ darling, shall I get your slippers?” Patrick replies “no.” Mary also asks “Tired darling?” mary asked, “yes” patrick replies. The reader can infer that mary and patrick live in a small town because after Patrick's death Mary is able to take a short walk to the local grocery store. Mary and the store clerk have a strong connection because he knows mary and patrick eat out on thursdays. Mary tells the store clerk “Patricks decided hes tired and doesn't want to eat out tonight. We usually go out on thursdays, you know, and now hes caught me without any vegetables in the house.” The clerk also knows that patrick likes cheesecake saying, “How about a nice slice cheesecake? I know he likes that.” At the beginning of the story there are slight signs of stress and as we reach the end of the story it turns out to be a murder.