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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He asked me had I seen Paul Dickson. She’d came on about the same business I had. He’s a mighty handsome young fella and his clothes hwircut look like he has them made to order.

Well, Jim waited till he had Doc Stair’s voice down pat; then he uaircut after revenge. But that is what makes the story great. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Boyle The Fugitive 1 T. Next mornin’, I hadn’t been open more than ten minutes when Doc Stair come in. I don’t suppose kardner 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. 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.

I said no, but I knew where he was, out duckshootin’ with Jim Kendall. At noon he got a phone call from old John Scott. Only poor Paul ain’t crazy, but just silly.


He was the coroner.

Haircut by Ring Lardner, |

Poor Paul was always kind of suspicious of people, maybe on account of how Jim had kept foolin’ him. Hod would generally always stand or walk up and down or some Saturdays, of course, he’d be settin’ in this chair part of the time, gettin’ a haircut. Jim didn’t pay no attention to the kiddie’ and you could see he was plannin’ one of his jokes.

When he was alive, him and Hod Meyers used to keep this town in an uproar.

The short story, mastered: Long-winded and repetitive for what it is. He wanted Julie Gregg and worked haircuut head off tryin’ to land her.

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Notably, Doc tells Paul that someone who would pull such a prank “ought not to be let live”. Short Story 2 Novella 2 novella as a form 1 Novels vs. He called Julie up on a night when he knew Doc was over in Carterville. Old John had always been a good customer of mine. 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.

The morning of the hunt, Doc Stair turns up nervously at the barber shop. Dec 21, Kalyani Y rated it liked it.

Reminds me of when I went to the barber shop when I was a kid and it was the gathering place of the small town. The lake where Jim and Paul had went shootin’ is on John’s place. Paul and old John was down on the shore of the lake. If you’ve ever stuck up a conversation in a small town diner with a seemingly innocuous local telling a meandering story, this story provides the end I’ve been waiting for.


Well, he’s got an Adam’s apple that looks more like a mush-melon. As I say, she’d of divorced Jim, only she seen that she couldn’t support herself and the kids and she was always hopin’ that some day Jim would cut haigcut his habits and give her more than two or three dollars a week.

Haircut (short story)

He goes to Detroit two or three times a year and w’ile he’s there must have a tailor take his measure and lardber make him a suit to order. He is distraught because Paul had told him he would never have anything more to do with Kendall. While the town laughs at the ruse, according to the barber, young Paul sympathizes with Julie and tells Dr. This place is jampacked Saturdays, from four o’clock on. I said a minute ago that it was love at first sight on her part.

Still I didn’t see how I could say no.