David Nicklin

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Ralph M. Wardle


When Charles lamb was twenty-two years old, his sister killed his mother. Mary, who at thirty-two was almost entirely responsible for a senile father, an invalid mother, and an elderly aunt, broke under the strain, and attacked her apprentice with a case knife when the girl argued with her. When Mrs. Lamb called for help, Mary turned on her mother, stabbing her in the heart. The landlord, responding to the cries of the apprentice, found the mother dead, the father wounded on his forehead by one of Mary's wildly thrown forks, and Mary still standing over her mother.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of English University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1965 David Nicklin.

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