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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. Haircut. Ring Lardner (–) From Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Jonathan Yardley, in his authoritative biography of Ring Lardner. Ring Lardner’s short story “Haircut” is rich in the rhetorical device that I would call thematic nomenclature. The author uses proper names to reflect im-.

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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. I got another barber that comes over from Carterville and helps me out Saturdays, but the rest of the time I can get along all right alone.

Haircut (short story)

I just charge three dollars because personally I don’t mind much rinf a dead person. Like other Munro stories, this story opens with an introit about an incident that does not seem plot related to the story, but might be the Well, it was a couple days later when Jim was here in the shop again, and so was the cuckoo.

She’s been ailin’ for a couple years and either Doc Gamble or Doc Foote, neither one, seemed to be helpin’ her. Father of author Ring Lardner Jr. Then poor Paul spoke up and said if Jim would take him he would go along. I rng he paid more attention to playin’ jokes than makin’ sales.


About Me Charles May. Paul and old John was down on the shore of the lake. And he bj up his mind he’d get even.

No harm in him, but just silly. But she broke loose and before he could stop her, she run in the next room and locked the door and phoned to Joe Barnes. I don’t suppose she had any idea how her face changed when him and her was together; of course she couldn’t of, or she’d of kept away from him. Hairxut barber, who is adept at storytelling, imagines what happened then.

He finally seen he wasn’t gettin’ nowheres with his usual line so he decided to try the rough stuff. You know, in most towns of any size, when a man lardneg dead and needs a shave, why the barber that shaves him soaks him five dollars for the job; that is, he don’t soak him, but whoever ordered the shave.

Paul wouldn’t have much to do with anybody only his own mother and Doc Stair and a girl here in town named Julie Gregg. He was shakin’ so hard that he couldn’t control the gun. So she finally had to tell the kids it was all off and they cried like they wasn’t never goin’ to stop.

Story of the Week: Haircut

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. For instance, he’d be ridin’ on a train and they’d come to some little town like, well, like, well, like, we’ll say, like Benton. One of the most troublesome problems I face in trying to come up with meaningful suggestions about reading short stories is the ques Jim certainly was a card! Lardner uses irony and dramatic narration to talk about a well-built evil and shallow Jim Kendall.


It speaks of a town and various people who live in there.

I also enjoyed the narrator, he seemed to actually like Jim, but was not all that surprised with what happened to him.

He was certainly a card! Whitey ends the story by saying that, although it “probably served Jim right, what he got”, he still missed him, and blamed his death on his decision to let Paul handle rkng gun, having no experience with firearms.

Reminds me of when I went to the barber shop when I was a kid and it was rinf gathering place of the small town. Jul 02, Thecritic rated it really liked it. Jim went around town bragging of his latest prank, telling everyone except Doc Stair, who he figured would be angry ; however, Paul told Doc what happened and Doc promised to make Jim suffer.

They made a date to meet in the mornin’ and that’s the last I seen of Jim alive.

Jim would set himself down in that big chair, nearest the blue spittoon. He looked kind of nervous. Before you cut into it, let’s make up a pool and see who can guess closest to the number of seeds.