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The basic theme of the story is that a young man who is about to experience independence for the first time is embarking on his first important business trip. As a first timer, he has a tendency to become intrigued easily and a want to experience more. This time, he entered a bed and breakfast whose outside sign "hypnotized him", and in the same way, he booked the room noticing that only two people had been there before. We know as readers that the place is spooky and dangerous, and that the landlady is up to something. However, the protagonist is too naive and new to the world to know. In the end, he became a victim of the landlady as did the other two guests on the guest book.
The conflict is innocence versus malice: All the elements of danger and malice are present and surround the protagonist. He, however, is so enthused with the idea of embarking in his own journey that he ignores the signs, and succubs to them all, as a victim.
Trust the experienced people i.e. the porter who works in Bath. Don't judge based on the appearance of things.
Don't go to somebody house you don't know.
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