Nine years later, Lardner would feature the same character, “mindless chatter and all,” in his most well-known and anthologized story, “Haircut.”. The Library of America’s “Story of the Week” this week ( org/) is Ring Lardner’s famous “Haircut,” a kind of dramatic. Haircut has ratings and 21 reviews. Lemar said: If you’ve ever stuck up a conversation in a small town diner with a seemingly innocuous local telling.

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Dec 28, Juergen John Roscher rated it really liked it Shelves: The response in total is as follows: A small town barber in an unnamed town near Carterville tells his customer who is new in the town about a Jim Kendall. Simple, tangible and fun to read.

Without reducing this story to some simple practical “moral,” can you come up with some formulation of general insights that this spectacle affords us? The only good part was that view spoiler [the town douchebag got what was coming to him hide spoiler ].

Haircut by Ring Lardner

Anyways, he said Paul could go. Fran rated it it was amazing Dec 27, No doubt there are many possibilities, considering the circumstances. Apr 10, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Haircut by Ring Lardner. Before you cut into it, let’s make up a pool and see who can guess closest to the number of seeds.

Jim certainly was a card! Refusing to acknowledge the implicit guilt of Paul or the doctor for Kendall’s death, the townsfolk become accessories after the fact. Whitey attributes the accident to Paul’s nervousness over never handling a gun before. Jess rated it liked it Dec 18, I don’t suppose you’ve seen Milt. Laddner noon he got a phone call from old John Scott. Well, last year, our coroner died, died of the flu. There’s his shavin’ mug, setting on the shelf, right next to Charley Vail’s.


Jim knows that the doctor is out of town and that the office will look occupied because of a night light. Subjects Discussed on Reading the Short Story.

They lay a whole lot stiller than live customers. Jim didn’t pay no attention to the kiddie’ and you could see he was plannin’ one of his jokes.

Haircjt didn’t deny nothin’ and kind of laughed it off and said for us all to wait; that lots of people had tried to make a monkey out of him, but he always got even.

He said himself that he thought they wasn’t nothin’ like general practice in a place like ours hsircut fit a man to be a good all round doctor. He got full of gin and laid round Wright’s poolroom all day.

Brooks, Cleanth and Robert P. Doc Stair, bein’ the coroner, jumped in Frank Abbott’s flivver and rushed out to Scott’s farm.

This is even less complimentary to us, but has the advantage of our never having to take conscious stock of it. So I said I would be there, but would have to come in a jitney and it might cost three or four dollars besides the price of the shave. I’m not sure exactly what the moral of it is but I appreciate what finally happened to Jim.

For his revenge, Jim disguises his voice as Doc Stair and phones Julie Gregg, summoning her to the hakrcut office. Publishing History Summary Characters Criticism. I guess hircut run pretty wild durin’ the time he was on the road for them Carterville people, and besides that, he’d had a couple little affairs of the heart right here in town. A small town barber shares with a new comer the local happenings of the community including practical jokes, romance and infidelity, and an accidental shooting maybe murder.


Haircut (short story)

And she didn’t know that we was all noticin’ how many times she made excuses to go up to his office or pass it on the other side of the street and look up in his window to see if he was there. Ringgold Wilmer Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical takes on the sports world, marriage, and the theatre. The Love Nest and Other Stories Old John had always been a good customer of mine. Whitey has a motive for revenge or a motive to dislike Jim, but halrcut motive to kill is difficult to prove.

But they live seven miles out in the country, on the Streeter road. How is our sense of the ironic humor of this story enhanced if we trace out the ways in which both Paul and Doc Stairs function as foils to Jim — and to Whitey? Jim’s friend and fellow town jokester. Hairrcut instance, they’d be a sign, “Henry Smith, Dry Goods.

Then we can ask why they are so enjoyable for his audience.