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by Shirley Jackson
Mr. (Joe) Summers Timeline and Summary
Mr. Summers arrives in the square a little late. He sets down the black box on a three-legged stool produced by Mr. Graves. We discover that Mr. Summers has tried to replace the box, with little success; he has, however, introduced paper strips to the lottery. He composes lists of the households and heads of households in the village. Mr. Summers is sworn in as the officiator of the lottery by Mr. Graves. He begins the lottery, saying "we better get started, get this over with, so's we can go back to work" (10). Mr. Summers calls each head of the household to draw a strip of paper from the black box, starting with Mr. Adams and ending with Zanini. He keeps the drawing going efficiently, so that it can be finished on time. He acknowledges that Bill has drawn the marked strip of paper in the first round of the lottery, and directs the rest of the Hutchinson family to draw again. Mr. Summers declares, "It's Tessie" (73) and then, "All right folks [...] let's finish quickly" (75). With Mr. Summers's pronouncement, the stoning begins.