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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Without conducting an autopsy or convening a coroner’s juryand solely on the basis of Paul’s testimony, Doc immediately declared the death to be accidental, ending any chance of a later inquiry. But kardner wasn’t fifty-fifty. I offer the following thoughts about the story to suggest, as I have often done over the years, that short stories should be read carefully and often, not carelessly and only once.

Jim could hear who she was phonin’ to and he beat it lardne Joe got there. He said they couldn’t nothin’ hurt her and nobody would see her and he just must talk to her a little w’ile. To see what your friends thought of this book, lardenr sign up. I said I thought he was all right at heart, but just bubblin’ over with mischief.

While the barber is talking about a person, he will jump to another person in his story right before he finishes talking about the last person.

When he was alive, him and Hod Meyers used to keep this town in an uproar. I’d of swore it was Mrs. To him she was haifcut a young lady that wanted to see the doctor.

Haircut by Ring Lardner

Jim didn’t pay no attention to the kiddie’ and you could see he was plannin’ one of his jokes. While the town laughs at the ruse, according to the barber, young Paul sympathizes with Julie and tells Dr. It probably served Jim right, what he got. Jess rated it liked it Dec 18, Short Stories 1 O.


Old John had always been a good customer of mine. I guess he paid more attention to playin’ jokes than makin’ sales. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

She’d of divorced him only they wasn’t no chance to get alimony and she didn’t have no way to take care of herself and the kids. He let fire and Jim sunk back in the boat, dead. Paul had rowed the boat to shore, but they’d left the body in it, waiting for Doc to come.

He promised to call and see her mother that same day. Paul was there and asked if he could come along hunting with him despite never having even used a gun before, and previously stating that he would never have anything to do with Jim ; Jim agreed Whitey believed that Jim agreed in order to prank him again, like pushing him into the water from his boat.

The barber even keeps his shaving mug after Jim’s demise. Some may have bad people, but not all.

Haircut (short story)

And now Jim said he was canned himself. A small town barber in an lardnfr town near Carterville tells his customer who is new in the town Ring Lardner’s Haircut is a one-way conversation pardner and is well written. Jim was comical, and Hod was pretty near a match for him.

Jim said he must see her that night; he couldn’t wait no longer to tell her somethin’. Next mornin’, I hadn’t been open more than ten minutes when Doc Stair come in. The only good part was that view spoiler [the town douchebag got what was coming to him hide spoiler ]. Kendall is first seen as a wisecracker, although his repartees are always insults. So she finally had to tell the kids it was all off and they cried like they wasn’t never goin’ to stop. The next day, Doc gets word that Jim had been shot and killed; Paul claimed that it was an accident due to his nervousness of not having hunted before.


Not as good, though, since Jim Kendall got killed. Jim was a sucker to leave a new beginner have his gun, let alone a half-wit.

So Jim said haiecut hated to go alone and he guessed he would call it off. Doc examined the body and said they might as well fetch it back to town.

This place is jampacked Saturdays, from four o’clock on. But I was goin’ to tell you hircut a poor boy we got here in town-Paul Dickson. Anyways, it did leak out and Hod Meyers had the nerve to kid Jim about it, right here in laddner shop. 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.

Since Jim’s gone, Hod tries to hold his end up just the same as ever, but it’s tough goin’ when you ain’t got nobody to kind of work with.