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by Roald Dahl

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What are some examples of suspense in Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter?"

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In Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter," the suspense is introduced after Mary kills her husband. The decision to hit him with the frozen leg of lamb comes upon her quickly without any warning or premeditation. However, once the deed is done, Mary takes steps to act normal: she adopts a demeanor of heartbreak and innocence; then the suspense begins to slowly build.

Mary rehearses what she will say to the grocer, the man who will be something of an alibi: for after Patrick is dead, Mary decides to go to the grocery store and get things for supper—the supper Patrick said he did not want, but the dinner she pretends she is making because he was too tired to go out to a restaurant (their habit on Thursdays) after coming home.

Suspense begins to build as Mary tells the police that she left Patrick to buy some things for supper; one of the policemen goes to the store to speak with the grocer:

In fifteen minutes he was back with a page of notes, and there was more whispering, and through her...

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