The Lottery - The Lottery BY SHIRLEY JACKSON The morning of...

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The Lottery BY SHIRLEY JACKSON The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely large in quantity and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 2th. but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner. The children assembled to gather or collect together first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous noisy, cheerful, and rough play. and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands to give someone a serious official warning about unacceptable behaviour . Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-- the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy"--eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids a secret or violent entering of a place to steal something of the other boys. The girls stood aside, talking among themselves, looking over their shoulders at rolled in the dust or clung to the hands of their older brothers or sisters. Soon the men began to gather. surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. The women, wearing faded to make or become paler in color house dresses and sweaters, came shortly after their menfolk. They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip informal talk about other people’s actions and private live s as they went to join their husbands. Soon the women, standing by their husbands, began to call to their children, and the children came reluctantly unwillingly and therefore perhaps slow to act , having to be called four or five times. Bobby Martin ducked to try to avoid a difficulty or unpleasant responsib i lity under his mother's grasping hand and ran, laughing, back to the pile of stones. His father spoke up sharply, and Bobby came quickly and took his place between his father and his oldest brother. The lottery was conducted--as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program--by Mr. Summers. who had time and energy to devote to civic relating to a city or its citizens activities. He was a round-faced, jovial cheerful and friendly man and he ran the coal business, and people were sorry for him. because he had no children and his
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Cramer during the Spring '08 term at Santa Monica.

  • Spring '08
  • Cramer
  • The Lottery, Stones, Black Box, Households, Tessie Hutchinson, Bill Hutchinson, Mr. Summers, Old Man Warner, Mr. Adams, Mrs. Delacroix, Mrs. Dunbar, Mr. Graves, Mrs. Graves, Bobby Martin, Mr. Martin

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