for her husband Patrick, who is a policeman to come home. When he gets home, he tells her he is leaving her. Although she is stunned, she still wants to make him supper. She cannot believe what she is hearing. She gets a leg of lamb, which is frozen and in an impulse she kills her husband with it. Pretending nothing has happened, she goes to the grocers to get vegetables. Mary gets back home and calls the police, telling them that she just found Patrick dead. She puts the leg into the oven. When the police come, they search the house for a murder weapon and ask Mary questions. After a few hours, Mary invites the police to eat the leg of lamb in order to get rid of the evidence.
In Hey You Down There, Calvin Spender and Dora Spender send a torch down a well, and when they pull it back up there is a piece of gold. They keep on sending down stuff and the creatures below return them gold and notes. At the end, the aggressive and greedy Calvin goes down the well and gets eaten by the creatures. Hey You Down There is based in the countryside somewhere in the United Stated of America in about the 1950’s, Lamb to the Slaughter is based in the city somewhere in the United Kingdom, also in about the 1950’s. The two tales involve a married couple. Their relationships can be compared and contrasted, for example both women, Dora and Mary are good wives to their husbands but they are different women because Mary loves her husband and Dora does not.