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

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As I say, his wife would have divorced him, only she couldn’t. Old man Gregg was in the lumber business, but got to drinkin’ and lost the most of his money and when he died, he didn’t leave nothin’ but the house and just enough insurance for the girl to skimp along on.

Well, Jim waited till he had Doc Stair’s voice down pat; then he went after revenge. What is just a not-on-good-terms-with-the-wife to the barber, is a full-fledged domestic ignorance and violence for the wife. He is able to make jokes at Jim’s expense without arousing his anger. She’d came on about the same business I had.

He tells the following story: To view it, click here. Doc Stair, bein’ the coroner, jumped in Frank Abbott’s flivver and rushed out to Scott’s farm. And fuck, what a goddamn tool Jim is.


Julie escapes his advances by locking herself in a room and calling the marshall. Ohio State UP, Jim didn’t pay no attention to the kiddie’ and you could see he was plannin’ one of his jokes. So they had to choose hairxut man to be coroner in his place and they picked Doc Stair.

Story of the Week: Haircut

If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. Dec 21, Kalyani Y rated it liked it. Jim could hear who she was phonin’ to and he beat it before Joe got there.

Joe went to Jim the next day and told him what would happen if he ever done it again.

Doc’s office is on the second floor. What kinds of valuable insights into human nature does it invite us to come to terms with? Suggests that the object of the satire in “Haircut” is not just Jim or the small town in which he lives, but it is the reader who so quickly condones such extreme punishment.

Ring Lardner and the Portrait of Folly. I wouldn’t even mind if it was wood alcohol. You’re a newcomer, ain’t you? His wife didn’t have a dime with her, or nowhere else, I guess.

Haircut (short story)

Jim would look out the train window and read the signs of the stores. She couldn’t never understand Jim. So he left my old lady inside and come out to the front office and that’s the first time him and Julie met and I guess it was what they call love at first sight.


Updated 19 January Joe was an old friend of Julie’s pa. I guess he run pretty wild durin’ the time he was on the road for them Carterville people, and besides that, he’d had a couple little affairs of the heart right here in town. Julie is so embarrassed that she stays away from people for a while. After repeatedly being turned down by Julie, he unsuccessfully attempted to sexually assault her; in revenge for her calling the police who lafdner Jim off with only a warning he pranked her by claiming to be Doc Stair inviting her to his office presumably for a romantic interlude then was chased home by Jim and his gang.

This place is jampacked Haidcut, from four o’clock on. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.