This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Dip in the Pool” (1952) by Roald Dahl. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, and screenwriter. He is best known for his children’s books such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, or The Witches. His adult short stories often have a dark mood and surprising endings. The short story “Dip in the Pool” was originally published in “The New Yorker” magazine and a year later became part of the collection Someone Like You published in 1953. “Dip in the Pool” has also been adapted as part of the British television program Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988). The program was created by Roald Dahl himself and included adaptations of several of his short stories.
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