The Question and Answer section for The Birthday Party is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Peter lies because he knows that the knowledge Stanley has been taken away will ultimtely leave Meg as mentally fragile as Stanley.
I think it is a bit of both. Comedy of menace," a term coined by critic Irving Wardle, describes a play which paints a realistic picture while creating a subtext of intrigue and confusion, as if the playwright were employing a sleight-of-hand...
The word in question is succulent. Meg admonishes Stanley because it seems she believes the word to have sexual connotations.
Stanley: What, succulent -?
Meg: Don't say it!
Stanley: What's the matter with it?
Meg: You shouldn't say that word to a...