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The common phrase is “mind your own business”: a rule instilled in usat a very young age. By breaking this basic boundary of privacy, the titlecharacter described in “The Landlady,” by P.K. Page, develops a one sided,obsessive relationship between her and her boarders. The landlady’s everexpanding addiction to knowledge about her boarders is revealed by thepoet’s selective diction, and unsettling imagery.In the start, the landlady’s motives for her intrusive actions areinnocent and the actions themselves are relatively reserved. The landladyis described as eavesdropping with “ticklish ears,” and simply “curiousflesh,” an action not unknown to a regular person. However, as the storycontinues, Page reveals the increasing intensity of the landlady’s actions.Her ears no longer tickle, they now “tremble” to know the secrets of herboarders. This transition to diction with more prominent negativeconnotations highlights the ever increasing need of the landlady. She