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I Didn’t Do It

June 10, 2021
By SalmaHasan18 BRONZE, Greenwich, Connecticut
SalmaHasan18 BRONZE, Greenwich, Connecticut
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Oh god that lamb, frozen and solid, It killed him
What if they know?
What would I say?
I mustn't say anything
But I can’t
I have to speak
but I shan’t lie
Though if I don’t they’ll find out
He’s out
He’s out on the floor
he’s here at home
After work as always
but this time he’s gone
and it’s all because of the lamb no, it’s all because of me
I can’t believe it
I won’t believe it
And the child!
they’ll have questions
they’ll ask where their father went And I won’t respond
as I am the one who took him
Please
oh please
help me hide this
though I can’t,
you must help me
Oh, Father, you must help me
No, he’s not dead
he’s just not here
And he isn’t going to be here not now
Not later
he has left
But he won’t be gone
not because of me
I didn’t do it


The author's comments:

This piece is a monologue told in first person by Mary Maloney from Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter." Mary is explaining her utmost inner feelings as a result of her killing her husband with a frozen leg of lamb.


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