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. Nine years later, Lardner would feature the same character, “mindless chatter and all,” in his most well-known and anthologized story, “Haircut.”.

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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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Haircut is a short story written by Ring Lardner.

Haircut (short story)

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

And she didn’t know that we was all noticin’ how many times she made excuses to go up to his office or pass it on the other side of the street and look up in his window to see if he was there. Larcner cost pretty near twice as much, but they fit a whole lot better than if you just bought them in a store.

I said no, but I knew where he was, out duckshootin’ with Jim Kendall.

Throughout the second and third decades of the twentieth century, Ring Lardner was one of the most distinguished writers, as well as one haircit the most popular.

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Only he’d of said bean instead of head. Jul 02, Thecritic rated it really liked it. The morning of the hunt, Doc Stair turns up nervously at the barber shop.

I’m not only judgin’ by how she acted afterwards but how she looked at him that first day in his hsircut. 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.

Please keep them coming. Itoka rated it liked it Mar 05, Retrieved from ” https: A barber regales a customer with stories about some of the characters in his small town. It probably served Jim right, what he got. Years ago, Jim used to travel hircut a canned goods concern over in Carterville. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia.

Haircut by Ring Lardner, |

I felt sorry for her and so did most other people. Modern Language Association http: Ken Beatty, that was his name. I hope you like it good enough to stay. To him she was just a young lady that wanted to see the doctor. And of course Jim and his gang told everybody in town, hairccut but Doc Stair.

While Lardner’s fiction continued to remain humorous on the surface, it moved toward irony that exposed man’s folly and inhumanity in a small-town society lardmer his own making. For instance, they’s old George Purdy–but I guess I shouldn’t ought to be gossipin’. Well, he didn’t have no intentions of bein’ there or buyin’ tickets or nothin’.

Haircut was a wonderful short story. And the irony did satisfy me. Fran rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Doc examined the body and said they might as well fetch it back to town.

I’m not sure exactly what the moral of it is but I appreciate what finally happened to Jim. Doc’s the kind, jaircut, that can’t say no to nothin’ if you keep at him long enough. Dec 31, Sevgi rated it liked it Shelves: Jess rated it liked it Dec 18, Then they was a story got round that Doc Stair’s gal had thronged him over, a gal up in the Northern Peninsula somewhere, and the reason he come here was to hide himself away and forget it.


It was tough on Julie as the young people round this town–well, she’s too good for them. Jim had shot yaircut few ducks and then give the gun to Paul and hqircut him to try his luck. Well, about the coldest day we ever had here, two years ago last winter, the phone rung at the house w’ile I was home to dinner and I answered the phone and it was a woman’s voice and she said she was Mrs.

The entire story is his address to the reader who becomes necessarily introduced to, then involved with, and finally complicit in the barber’s narrative: So I’d say, “No, Jim, but you look like you’d been drinkin’ something of that kind or somethin’ worse. They was no answer and it must of came to her all of a hairct that she’d been bunked. Hircut never questioned but what it was Doc’s voice.

Her mother was a kind of a half invalid and didn’t hardly ever leave the house.