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Lamb to the Slaughter

lamb-to-the-slaughterThe title of this story by Roald Dahl is a wonderful play on words. On the one hand a lamb (or rather a frozen leg of lamb) is used by a woman to murder her husband. On the other, we are left wondering how the title might relate to the English Like a lamb to the .” Which of the two (the husband, the wife or both) could be described as a gentle person who goes calmly and ly about their business, not knowing that something very unpleasant is about to happen to them?

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(n: idiom pl idioms) An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but has a meaning of its own which is generally understood by the native speakers of a language. It's a piece of cake. [= It's very easy.] It costs an arm and a leg. [= It's very expensive.] He has kicked the bucket. [= He is dead.] (สำนวน) 8000

slaughter(v: slaughter, slaughters, slaughtered, slaughtering) 1. To kill [an animal] for food. Slaughter cattle/sheep. (ฆ่าสัตว์เพื่อเป็นอาหาร) 2. To kill in a cruel or violent way, especially in large numbers. Hundreds of people were slaughtered by the invaders. (สังหารหมู่) 3. To defeat [someone or something] easily or completely. Our team got slaughtered in our last game. (การแพ้อย่างราบคาบ) 4000

innocent(adj: innocent) 1. Not guilty of a crime or other wrong act. She was found innocent of all charges. (ซึ่งไม่มีความผิด) 2. Not deserving to be harmed; not intended to cause harm or trouble. An innocent victim/bystander/question. (ไม่มีพิษมีภัย) 3. Not having experience with the world and the bad things that happen in life. An innocent child (ซึ่งไร้เดียงสา)
(adv: innocently) In an innocent way. She smiled innocently at him. (อย่างรู้เท่าไม่ถึงการณ์) 4000

Man from the South

man from the southThis story by Roald Dahl is about , greed, and ““. A young man accepts what appears to be an easy to win bet. If he is successful, he will win an expensive car. If he loses, he must give up a body part. Many s suggest that the English girl is unimportant to the story. I disagree. We can see that the young man was at first unhappy with the bet. If he was alone at the time, he could well have walked away. But this is not what you would expect of a young sailor who is out to win a girl!

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gambling(v: gamble, gambles, gambled, gambling) To play a game in which you can win or lose money or other things you own; to bet money or other valuable things on an outcome, such as a horse race. (เสี่ยงโชค) 3000

face(n: face pl faces) 1. The front part of the head that has the eyes, nose, and mouth on it. His face is familiar but I can't remember his name. (ใบหน้า) 2. (noncount) How other people see you; your status or reputation in the eyes of others. (ชื่อเสียง) 1000

(n: review pl reviews) A report that gives someone's opinion about the quality of a book, performance, product, etc. (บทวิจารณ์) 4000

The Butler

the butlerThis story by Roald Dahl is about a newly rich man who tries to buy his way up the social ladder. He employs an expensive butler and French chef and has many dinner parties. He also buys some of the world’s best wines and learns a lot about wine but not how to enjoy it. The butler takes advantage of this, and puts an end to the rich man’s high society plans.

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