"The Landlady" and Other Short Stories

"The Landlady" and Other Short Stories Metaphors and Similes

"a tide of anger" (p.4) (Metaphor)

The narrator uses this metaphor to describe the immense, overwhelming anger that the old man feels after Judson murders his dog. This metaphor also shows the love that the old man has towards his dog.

"like a metronome in slow time" (p.4) (Simile)

This simile describes the slow, regular chewing of the old man's cow. The word metronome indicates a rhythmic or musical quality to the cow's chewing.

"like a large black eye staring at him through the glass, holding him, compelling him, forcing him to stay where he was and not to walk away from that house" (p.637) (Simile)

The tantalizing, seductive nature of the bed-and-breakfast sign sets up the ominous tone of this story. Even though Billy knows that the pub would be friendlier and likely more pleasant, he is drawn to the bed and breakfast. The large black eye seems to indicate the insidious nature of the house, and the danger of what lies within.

"almost as a sunbather feels the sun" (p.404) (Simile)

Mary enjoys being around her husband because he warms her, and he seems to emanate a "warm male glow" (404). This simile shows how strongly Mary feels for her husband, and directly contrasts her actions later in the story.

"she noticed his legs were like goat's legs" (p.455) (Simile)

When Mrs. Foster notices that her husband's legs resemble a goat's legs, she creates an association between Mr. Foster and the devil. Mr. Foster's constant attempts to make her late culminate in this powerful simile, as she begins to reclaim her power in their marriage.