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The Lottery

The Lottery

by Shirley Jackson

Old Man Warner Timeline and Summary

  • We learn that the black box is even older than Old Man Warner – so, pretty darn old.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Adams tell Old Man Warner about non-specific other towns that are quitting the lotteries. "'Nothing but trouble in that'" (35), he replies.
  • Old Man Warner draws (and, as far as we can see, he has no family to accompany him); it's his seventy-seventh lottery.
  • He comments disapprovingly when one of Nancy Hutchinson's friends comments aloud that she hopes Nancy won't draw the black spot.
  • Once Tess has been selected for stoning, Old Man Warner encourages everyone to turn on her.

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