What are 5 details we might not notice when we first read the story because Roald Dahl is a master of subtlety?

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Mary Maloney calls Patrick "darling" many times. He never responds with a similar term of endearment. In fact, he is dismissive and condescending. He breaks the news to her with no compassion whatsoever.

When Patrick gives Mary the news, she thinks that she can convince herself that it has not occurred.

Perhaps, if she acted as though she had not heard him, she would find out that none of it had ever happened. 

Later, after killing him, Mary employs the same strategy. If she acts like she is innocent, it will appear as though she is innocent.

And now, she told...

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