Mankind is greedy
Appearances are deceptive
Mankind is corrupt
40 - 50 years
45 - 60 years
30 -40 years
45 - 50 years
The taste of cookies at tea time
The landlady smells of a hospital.
Billy arrives in Bath.
The landlady is a taxidermist.
Her red fingernails refers to the arsenic she has used and which left her fingers raw.
The two boys whose names were in the guest book in the guestbook were missing/dead.
She welcomed him warmly.
A warm water bottle was between the sheets.
The bedspread had been removed.
She accompanied him to his bedroom.
She is hospitable and friendly.
She keeps up the flow of conversation.
Because the light glowing in the window was cosy.
Because the BED and BREAKFAST sign in the window was welcoming
Because she was expecting him.
Because the rates of her lodgings was the lowest.
When he entered the BED and BREAKFAST.
When he touched them.
While they were drinking tea.
When he fell over them.
He was very flattered.
He referred to the fillings in his teeth.
He commented on the two names in the guest book which seemen familiar.
He thought she was very observant but felt uncomfotable.
By asking Billy about his job
By pointing out her stuffed animals
By offering him a cup of tea
By complimenting him about his appearance.
They were business men.
They werer good looking and young
They all had beautiful teeth.
They were all well known.
The suspense in the story
Clues that hint at what happened before the story began
Clues that hint at will happen later in the story.
"The air was deadly cold and the wind was like a flat blade of ice."
"There were no shops on this wide street that he was..."
"Each word was like large black eye staring at him through the glass"
"There wasn't a blemish on his body...his skin was like a baby's"