How do I tell that Mary loved her husband in "Lamb to the Slaughter"? 

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There are at least two ways to tell that Mary loved her husband up to the time he told her he was leaving. For one thing, the author Roald Dahl devotes a long early paragraph to describing how much she loved Patrick and for what reasons. Dahl wants to highlight his theme that love can turn to hatred, which is what the story is really all about.

For her, this was always a blissful time of day....She loved to luxuriate in the presence of this man, and to feel--almost as a sunbather feels the sun--that warm male glow that came out of him to her when they were alone together. She loved him for the way he sat loosely in a chair, for the way he came in a door, or moved slowly across the room with long strides. She loved the intent, far look in his eyes when they rested on her, the funny shape of the mouth, and especially the way he remained silent about his tiredness....

So Dahl tells us how Mary thinks and feels. And then the author shows how much she adores her husband by describing the slavish...

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