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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Jim gives him the gun and Paul shoots him. Hod would generally always stand or walk up and down larddner some Saturdays, of course, he’d be settin’ in this chair part of the time, gettin’ a haircut.

Meanw’ile Jim Kendall had went to Wright’s poolroom, where they was a whole gang amusin’ themselves. Scott had called me. He didn’t make no bones about how he felt.

So he said he would come out and see her, but if she was able to get out herself, it would be better to bring her to his office where he could make a completer examination. Paul overhears the story about Jim’s humiliation of Julie and reports what he knows to Doc Stair. She never questioned but what it was Doc’s voice.

This place is jampacked Saturdays, from four o’clock on. Short Stories 1 O. Lists with This Book.

Sean rated it it was ok Mar 02, He looked kind of nervous. Apr 10, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Jim rounds up a bunch of drunk rowdies from the pool hall and brings them to the doctor’s office.

Story of the Week: Haircut

That was another of his gags, callin’ head bean and callin’ crazy people cuckoo. By now you should be able to appreciate how this “light” story is anything but superficial.


It was a Saturday and the shop was full and Jim got up out of that chair and says, “Gentlemen, I got an important announcement to make. You know, in most towns of any size, when a man is dead and needs a shave, why the barber that shaves him soaks him five dollars for the job; that is, he don’t soak him, but whoever ordered the shave.

Jim would look out the train window and read the signs of the stores.

We have here, in other words, a dramatic monologue: Free download available at Story of the Week – Library of America. So I took her to his office and w’ile I was waitin’ for her in the reception room, in come Julie Gregg. HaircutRing Lardner. Henry Award Stories 1 O.

Haircut (short story)

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. Published April 1st by Creative Education first published Whitey, the barber, is giving a haircut and talking to an out-of-towner. Doc turned and walked out.

She argues against Fadiman’s “Triangle of Hate” theory and the opinion that Lardner is “just a comic” and compares Lardner favorably to Sinclair Lewis, giving examples of college Freshmen’s opinions of “Haircut.

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. M Forster 1 E. And he made up his mind he’d get even. Written in haircuh American English. Haircut was a wonderful short story. I said a minute ago that it was love at first sight on her part. I do wonder about the estrangement of Jim Kendall. She has traveled larener been to school.


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

Refresh and try again. Whitey kardner that Jim agreed to take him because he could play jokes on him. John Scott and reports to Whitey that John has died and needs a shave. Before you cut into it, let’s make up a pool and see who can guess closest to the number of seeds. He certainly was a card! Jim’s friend and fellow town jokester. He tells the following story: Jim went around town bragging of his latest prank, telling everyone except Doc Stair, who he figured would be angry ; however, Paul told Doc what happened and Doc promised to make Jim suffer.

What is proffered as amusing is actually a scary tale about depravity and complicity. 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.

You’re a newcomer, ain’t you? He finally seen he wasn’t gettin’ nowheres with his usual line so he decided to try the rough stuff. I don’t suppose she 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. He comes in regular for his shave, three times a week. Doc Stair decides to do some thinking on the matter.