Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket. right away. The scene is warm and cozy. The first instance happens when Patrick comes home and tells Mary that he is leaving her. There are various themes to the story "lamb to the slaughter" but the one that i think is the most prevelant is the theme of Betrayal. “And I … It didn’t take long, four or five minutes at most, and she. Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come home from work. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Lamb to the Slaughter, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. I hope you won’t blame me too much.” And he told her. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whiskey. T he room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. sat very still through it all, watching him with a kind of dazed horror as he. went further and further away from her with each word. by Roald Dahl (1916-1990) Approximate Word Count: 3899. There are two lamps, two chairs, and two glasses on the table, and drinks and fresh ice ready to be mixed. “So there it is,” he added. The story "Lamb to the Slaughter" features underestimation on a number of levels.