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The Lottery

The Lottery


by Shirley Jackson

The Boys (Bobby Martin, Dickie Delacroix, Harry and Bobby Jones) Timeline and Summary

  • The children gather in the village square on the sunny morning of June 27th.
  • Several of the boys are particularly excited by the coming event, and begin to gather "the smoothest and roundest stones" (2).
  • They create a great pile of stones for use in the still-mysterious lottery
  • The men and women begin to gather and call the boys over to watch the lottery being conducted.
  • Bill Hutchinson draws the marked paper; his son, Dave, must then draw.
  • The children have their stones ready, and someone gives Dave a few pebbles.
  • It is implied that the children join the rest of the villagers in murdering Tess Hutchinson.