这对夫妇开始他们的新的和改进了的生活，是具有讽刺意味的是，在他使用的不是Berlanga在现场为工人阶级佛朗哥西班牙的控诉。局促，Dé肺老不招人喜欢，没有新鲜感和现代性，过去似乎根深蒂固，在单调的家具和画挂在墙上。这就是Jose Luis会觉得生活满足，忘记自己的梦想和疏远自己。在物质和经济生活改善的承诺，提出Berlanga是个人的价值观和道德观最大的操纵，这偶然的机会，空洞的承诺，往往是（像Jose Luis这样）他们的幻灭和失败的原因。 在叙事漫画扭曲了当Amadeo告诉Jose Luis，平必须归还政府，除非他同意接管刽子手自己的位置。“我甚至不能杀死苍蝇”Jose Luis宣布。再次，尽管厌恶，他勉强同意在他的新妻子找到安慰和一个属于自己的家，必然的父亲，和放心，这是非常不可能的，他将要进行的任务的执行。“亚马多在某些方面是国家的人格化，充分良性是可以接受的但完全能无情”，（我á零reboll和威利斯，127）。现在Jose Luis被困在他新的存在Amadeo将使用任何手段操纵和情感勒索确保卡门和他孙子的未来的幸福。“问题是你从未被战争“Amadeo贬低若泽路易斯。作为一个老人，阿马德奥是Franco社会灌输过去，控制和镇压的遗产，Jose Luis是把产品。
The flat, in which the couple are to begin their new and improved lives, is ironically presented by Berlanga in his use of mise-en-scene as an indictment of working-class Franco Spain. Cramped, the décor old and uninviting, there is no sense of freshness or modernity, the past seemingly engrained in the drab furniture and pictures hanging on the walls. This is where Jose Luis will find life fulfilment, forget his dreams and alienate himself. The promise of improvement in material and economic living is suggested by Berlanga to be the greatest manipulation of the individual’s values and ethics, and this chance opportunity, empty promise, is often (as in the case of Jose Luis) the cause of their disillusionment and downfall.
A comic twist in the narrative is presented with when Amadeo informs Jose Luis that the flat will have to be returned to the government, unless he agrees to take over the position of executioner himself. “I can’t even kill a fly” Jose Luis declares. Again, despite revulsion, he reluctantly agrees having found comfort in his new wife and a home of his own, bound to fatherhood, and reassured that it is very unlikely that he will have to carry out the duty of execution. “Amadeo is in some ways the personification of the state, sufficiently benign to be acceptable but perfectly capable of ruthlessness”, (Lázaro-Reboll and Willis.127). Now that Jose Luis is trapped in his new existence Amadeo will use any means of manipulation and emotional blackmail to ensure Carmen and his future grandchildren’s happiness. “The problem is you’ve never been to war” Amadeo belittles Jose Luis. As an old man, Amadeo personifies the past and the legacy of control and repression that Franco society instilled, Jose Luis is the product of that hold.