The two hitmen want to get their "job" (killing a target who will come to their room) over with.
Ben gets the call that the person to kill will be arriving at his door, and when the door opens it is Gus, his partner.
Gus wonders repeatedly about when the person will arrive and who it will be.
While there may not be any direct allusions to Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in this work, its influence is manifest—e.g., in the analogous roles of Wilson and Godot.
See the separate imagery section of this guide.
Use of Dramatic Devices
Pinter makes use of dramatic pauses and silences to build tension and suspense. He also includes many stage directions regarding actions and line delivery, controlling the way scenes play out and characters are developed.
The Dumb Waiter Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Dumb Waiter is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.