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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Ken Beatty, that was his name. Views Read Edit View history. Should we take this at face value?

Haircut (short story) – Wikipedia

They methodically prove their thesis, using many examples from the story to establish motive, means, opportunity, and indirect admissions of guilt. Paul and old John was down on the shore of the lake. The poor cuckoo, as Jim called him, he was here in the shop one night when Jim was still gloatin’ yet over what he’d done to Julie.

She couldn’t never understand Jim. From Blythe, Hal and Charlie Sweet. Jim would have to laugh at that, but then he’d speak up and say, “No, I ain’t had nothin’ to drink, but that ain’t sayin’ I wouldn’t like somethin’. Ohio State UP, Still, Whitey characterizes Jim as a “card. But it was a kind of a delicate thing, because if it got out that he had beat Jim up, Julie was bound to hear of it and then she’d know that Doc knew and of course knowin’ that he knew would make it worse for her than ever.


He was certainly a card! Lit on his head and it done somethin’ to him and he ain’t never been right. A lot of people come in the plot, but the whole is concentrated upon a person named “Jim. And the irony did satisfy me. So she finally had to tell the kids it was all off and they cried like they wasn’t never goin’ to stop.

Haircut (short story)

Of course, he never knew what really come of none of these jokes, but he could picture what probably happened and that was enough.

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Then Hod Meyers would say, “Neither would your wife. So they had to choose another man to be coroner in his place and they picked Doc Stair. His wife and the kids waited and waited and of course he didn’t show up. Then poor Paul spoke up and said if Jim would take him he would go along.

I got another barber that comes over from Carterville and helps me out Saturdays, but the rest of the time I can get along all right alone.


The only aspect I dislike about the book is the negative outlook it makes toward small towns. His style of writing perhaps, but to conventional English users like me, it is both incomprehensible and annoying.

He says, “I been sellin’ canned goods and now I’m canned goods myself.

Jim gives him the gun and Paul shoots him. Jim didn’t work very steady after he lost his position with the Carterville people.

Reading the Short Story: Ring Lardner’s “Haircut”–Library of America’s “Story of the Week”

I don’t know how the news of this little affair leaked out. Like other Munro stories, hakrcut story opens with an introit about an incident that does not seem plot related to the story, but might be the Her mother had been doctorin’ for years with Doc Gamble and Doc Foote and with” out no results.

It probably served Jim right, what he got. She never questioned but what it was Doc’s voice. And now Jim said he was canned himself.