The Way Up To Heaven by Roald Dahl

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Summary of “the Way Up To Heaven” by Roald Dahl
“The Way Up To Heaven” is a short story written by Roald Dahl. The two main characters are Mrs and Mr Foster, an elder married couple living in a large six-storey house in New York with their four servants. Mrs Foster has always had a fanatic fear of missing planes, trains, boats and so on. It’s an obsession to her. Mr Foster was quite annoyed at her due to this complication, and his attitude towards her was only making it worse. Mrs Foster had always been a loving and good wife, even though Mr Foster always made her wait unnecessarily. He wanted her to suffer. Mrs Foster had until this time been thinking well of her husband. She had begun to wonder if he did all those things just to torment her.
In the short story Mrs Foster is going to Paris for six weeks to visit her daughter and her daughter’s family. During Mrs Foster´s time in Paris, Mr Foster is supposed to stay at the Club. On her way out of the house Mr Foster is constantly bugging and tormenting her by making her wait. When she finally got to the airport her flight was postponed. She waited for hours, until it had been announced that her flight is postponed to the next day. She got back to the house where she met her husband. The next morning Mr Foster was supposed to get a ride to the club which was in the wrong direction to the airport. He was still bugging her and making her wait, trying to make them late. He went inside just to make her wait again, while she waited in a cab outside. She went up to the door, where she heard noises from inside the house (later on it is revealed that she heard Mr Foster getting stuck in the elevator). She went to the airport, and her trip to Paris went on perfectly. When she got back home and got inside the house, she saw unopened mail on the floor. When she got further in she saw that the elevator was stuck between two floors. She went up to Mr Foster’s study and called someone who could repair the lift.

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