Summary

The short story “Making Cabinets” by Richard Christian Matheson begins with a woman sitting at a table in a restaurant and trying to decide what to order. As the waitress approaches the woman, a boy sitting at another table eats his pie and watches her. The waitress tells the woman about the day’s special meal – lamb – but the woman refuses, fighting nausea. She tries to find something on the menu, but each option seems to trigger disturbing images in her mind. 

The woman recalls a traumatic event from her past, when she discovered that her husband was a deranged murderer. The waitress is sympathetic towards the woman and reminds her that she must move on and put on some weight, as almost a year has passed since the event. Despite the waitre...

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