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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Personally I wouldn’t never leave a person shoot a gun in the same boat I was in unless I was sure they knew somethin’ about guns. But she wouldn’t have nothin’ to do with him; wouldn’t even speak to him on the street.

The story makes small towns seem like they have bad people in them, when that is not true at all. He said Paul had told him about the joke Jim had played on Julie. Jim had an infatuation with Julie Gregg, who showed no interest in return; she was infatuated with “Doc” Stair a young physician who also served as the local coroner who was not similarly interested.

City and besides that, the most of the boys works all day and don’t have no leisure to drop in here and get themselves prettied up. Her mother had been doctorin’ for years with Doc Gamble and Doc Foote and with” out no results. Haircut was a wonderful short story. Paul had came runnin’ up to the house a few minutes before and said they’d been an accident. Anyways, it wasn’t long before he was makin’ enough to live on, though they tell me that he never dunned nobody for what they owed him, and the folks here certainly has got the owin’ habit, even in my business.

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Haircut (short story)

Larener Alice Munro’s “Floating Bridge”. What is proffered as amusing is actually a scary tale about depravity and complicity. Ring was exposing the witlessness of a whole vein of the American comic tradition–the small-town wag who is a degenerate descendant of the frontier hell-raiser, and is degraded and perverse; but there are still innumerable jackasses to laugh at him. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedhalrcutor deleted.

Well, Jim would set there a w’ile without opening his mouth only to spit, and then finally he’d say to me, “Whitey,”–my right name, that is, my right first name, is Dick, but everybody round here calls me Whitey–Jim would say, “Whitey, your nose looks like a rosebud tonight. You can see for yourself that this ain’t no New York: So she’d heard they was a new doc in town and decided to give him a try.

Lit on his head and it done somethin’ to him and he ain’t never been right. She’d came on about the same business I had. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I found this online at: I offer the following thoughts about the story to suggest, as I have often done over the years, that short stories should be read carefully and often, not carelessly and only once.

Scott had called me.

Study Guide to Ring Lardner’s “Haircut”

Well, Doc Stair hadn’t been here more than a week when he came in one day to get shaved and I recognized who he was, as he had been pointed out to me, so I told him about my old lady. There is a whole series of pranks whose fun, for Jim and vicariously for his buddies in the pool hall and, even more numerous, on Saturdays at the barber shop is inseparable from the pain they impose on their victims. So I’d be shavin’ Milt and when I’d start to shave down here on his neck, Hod would holler, “Hey, Whitey, wait a minute!


He let fire and Jim sunk back in the boat, dead. As the story progresses we see how shallow a person is Jim Kendall and how ignorant is the barber who mistakes Jim’s evil deeds for innocent pleasure and practical jokes. Hod is out of town. For instance, they’d be a sign, “Henry Smith, Dry Goods.

But it was a kind of a delicate thing, because if it got out that he had beat Jim up, Julie was bound to hear of it and then she’d know that Doc knew and of course knowin’ that he knew would make it worse for her than ever.

I thought I hadn’t seen you round before. How does the way he reports his firing to ahircut barbershop make it clear that he wants people to understand he feels no shame about it? Jim was a sucker to leave a new beginner have his gun, let alone a half-wit. Meanw’ile everybody in town was wise to Julie’s bein’ wild mad over the Doc.

Reading the Short Story: Ring Lardner’s “Haircut”–Library of America’s “Story of the Week”

As I say, his wife larfner have divorced him, only she couldn’t. 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.

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But he wasn’t satisfied with just outwittin’ her. Then he told his wife and two kiddies that he was goin’ to take them to the circus.