This day in English class we had to choose between three short-stories and read one of these. I chose "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl. He is well known for unexpected endings, and this one was not an exception.
The short-story is about the 17 year old boy Billy Weaver who traveled to Bath and needed a place to stay for the night. He found a sign with “Bed and Breakfast” and went inside. An old welcoming lady showed him his room and let him write his name in the guestbook. The boy thought it was strange that only two other men had visited the house for about three years. Besides there were something familiar with the two boy names, but he could not find out where he had read the names before. Billy and the landlady started to drink tea, and everything she said became more and more weird. She began to compare him with the two other boys and said they never left, but lived in third floor. While talking he spotted that the lady’s dog was stuffed and the lady told him she stuffed all her pets herself. Later Billy remembers that the two boy names were missing and mentioned in the newspaper…
The short-story definitely had an unexpected ending, I would never have guessed that the lady would kill the people who stayed there and kept them in third floor. It is also disgusting that she stuffed her dead animals as well. I do not know what happens next in the short-story, but I am pretty sure that the landlady kills Billy and keeps him in third floor with the others.
In class we also watched the movie “The Landlady” by Alfred Hitchcock, and I found some things which were different from the short-story and the movie. For instance in the story-story Billy was 17 years old, but he was 22 in the movie. As well he seemed a bit suspicious by some things along the action in the movie. I think I liked the short-story the best because I read it first and you could think and find out more yourself in it.
This is the movie, and here is a link to the short-story: