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1 The Landlady by Roald Dahl
This is a pre-reading activity to introduce you to some vocabulary, places, and events you’ll be reading about. Billy Weaver thinks he is going on a business trip but…

2 What is a landlady? A woman who runs an inn or rents rooms to people. “Landlady” often refers to an older woman who is generally friendly.

3 Where is Bath, England? Located in the south of England, Bath was a popular vacation spot, especially in the past. People often visited for the spas and to “take in the water.” The following slides show the city of Bath.




7 The character Billy Weaver wears an overcoat and a trilby hat.

8 The following quote from the story shows Billy’s first sight of the Bed and Breakfast, or inn / hotel. Suddenly, in a downstairs window that was brilliantly illuminated by a street lamp not six yards away, Billy caught sight of a printed notice propped up against the glass in one of the upper panes. It said BED AND BREAKFAST. There was a vase of yellow chrysanthemums, tall and beautiful, standing just underneath the notice.  Yellow Chrysanthemums

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