does not have a job
Does not have a place to stay
Has plenty of money
Looks for entertainment
He sees a dachshund lying in front of the fireplace.
He imagines they serve watery cabbage.
He sees the landlady drinking a cup of tea.
He doesn’t see a greedy landlady.
He is transfixed by the sign that says “Bed and Breakfast.”
The landlady opens the door and invites him in.
A passerby tells him the Bell and Dragon isn’t nice.
He is too tired to keep walking.
Of the war
There is only one room available
She is very particular and choosy
She can’t stand too much commotion
slightly dotty and off her rocker
Lots of fun
Old and feeble
He knows each of the previous guests.
All of the names on the guest list are men.
He is sure he has read the names in the newspaper.
He thinks that the guests were famous politicians.
By asking Billy about his job
By pointing out her stuffed animals
By flirting with Billy
By serving him tea with milk and sugar
He would have killed the landlady.
He would not have drunk the tea.
He would have noticed the stuffed animals sooner.
He would have called the police.
That both Billy and Mulholland were seventeen
Mulholland and Temple haven’t left the bed and breakfast
Mulholland also liked his tea
That she stuffed her pets
The suspense in a story
Giving away a story’s ending
Clues that hint at what happened before the story began
Clues that hint at what 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 walking along . . . .”
"Each word [of the sign] was like a large black eye staring at him through the glass . . . .”
“There wasn’t a blemish on his [Mulholland’s] body . . . . His skin was just like a baby’s.”
The readers do not know what happens to Billy.
The landlady comforts Billy with a smile.
Readers can only assume that Billy will meet the same fate as Temple and Mulholland.
Readers find out that the landlady is an insane killer.