In "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl, why does Billy stay and ring the bell of the Bed and Breakfast when he has just decided to try The Bell and Dragon?
Young Billy Weaver has never visited the beautiful city of Bath before, so naturally doesn't know his way around. All he knows as his train pulls into the station is that he needs to find some accommodation before the night's out. It's getting late, and Billy asks a railway porter if there are any bed and breakfast establishments in the vicinity. The porter tells him that he can try "The Bell and Dragon," which is about a quarter of a mile away.
As he's on his way there, Billy stops by a downstairs window, brilliantly illuminated by the street light. There's a sign in the window which says "Bed and Breakfast." Beneath the sign, there's a jar of beautiful yellow chrysanthemums, flanked on either side by lush green velvety curtains.
Billy goes to investigate and, pressing up his nose against the window, takes a look inside. What he sees appears rather cosy. As well as a roaring fire the room has a baby grand piano, a large sofa, and several plump armchairs. This looks like just the kind of place in which you'd want to relax after a long train journey.
For good measure, the room has a pretty little dachshund curled up in front of the fire. Billy muses that the presence of animals is usually a good sign in bed and breakfast establishments. All in all, it looks like a pretty good place to stay in; it should certainly be more comfortable than "The Bell and Dragon."
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