Eric There are many stories in which the author purposely makes the story vague until the end, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson is a great example of this. Around ten o’ clock, June 27th was a very vivid day in the lives of the villagers, It was a beautiful summer day, the wind was slight and the flowers in full bloom. This was in fact an odd setting for the events that will take place in the future. The lottery actually started on the 26th, but this was a rather large town so the actual drawing took around three hours to complete, which made it easy for people to make it home for lunchtime. Since it is summer the children all come down to the meeting place, which was between the post office and the bank first. They weren’t very long out of school, so the chatter between them usually was school related. Bobby Martin already jammed a few rocks into his pockets, while the others quickly followed suit. Harry and Bobby Jones, along with Dickie Delacroix started to make piles of stones in the corners. The girls just talked to themselves, and the really young ones played in the dust, or just tagged along with their older brothers. After this the men started to gather around the children. They were now talking about “planting and rain, tractors and taxes.” Shortly after this the wives started to gather around the husbands, and then reluctantly at first all the children started to join their families. Mr. Summers had much time to devote to his civic duties, “was a round-faced, jovial man and he ran the coal business, and people were sorry for him, because he had no children and his wife was a scold. He arrived on the scene with his little black box, along with Mr. Graves the postmaster. Mr. Graves brought the three-legged stool, which was barely usable by now. Mr. Martin, and his oldest Baxter helped Mr. Summers situate the box onto the stool. Originally there was another box, but ever since before Old Man Warner’s da…
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