What atmosphere is being set in the first two paragraphs? Find at least 2 examples of words or phrases which set this tone in "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.

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In the first two paragraphs, Dahl sets up the atmosphere as a warm and cozy home. Mary Maloney is clearly a devoted wife. The house is "warm and clean." This indicates that it is loving and that Mary works hard to make sure the house is clean and inviting for her husband. The curtains are drawn, indicating that it is evening with the sun peering in, but also indicating that the house is enclosed. That is, this is their own private, intimate world. She has everything set up for her husband and...

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