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. Haircut. Ring Lardner (–) From Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Jonathan Yardley, in his authoritative biography of Ring Lardner. Ring Lardner’s short story “Haircut” is rich in the rhetorical device that I would call thematic nomenclature. The author uses proper names to reflect im-.

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And of course Jim and his gang told everybody in town, everybody but Doc Stair. So I’d be shavin’ Milt and when I’d start to shave down here on his neck, Hod would holler, “Hey, Whitey, wait a minute! He said they couldn’t nothin’ hurt her and nobody would see her and he just rjng talk to her a little w’ile. That is, she ain’t a girl no more, but pretty near thirty or over.

Meanw’ile Jim Kendall had went to Wright’s poolroom, where they was a whole gang amusin’ themselves. Roxana ,ardner it it was ok Jun 28, Books by Ring Lardner. He was goin’ to do something,’ but it took a lot of figurin.

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Instead, he drinks with what money he makes, and when she attempts to garnish his wages, he “get s even” by promising to take his wife and children to the circus and then not showing up with the tickets while they wait haircuy for him. Jim had an infatuation with Julie Gregg, who showed no interest in return; she was infatuated with “Doc” Stair a young physician who also served as the local coroner who was not similarly interested.

Kendall is also interested in Julie Gregg, far more than his own wife, and he confesses this with blustering pride one day before a crowd in the barbershop. No trivia or quizzes yet. I bet they was more laughin’ done here than any town its size in America.


He certainly was a card!

M Forster 1 E. So Jim said he hated to go alone and he guessed he would call it off. I said it had been a kind of a raw thing, but Jim just couldn’t resist no kind of a joke, no matter how raw. Chances is that Joe Barnes told his wife haorcut she told somebody else’s wife and they told their husband.

Haircut (short story)

Paul wouldn’t have much to do with anybody only his own mother and Doc Stair and a girl here in town named Julie Gregg. 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 alrdner that he rig would make it worse for her than ever.

Well, Doc Stair hadn’t hajrcut here more than a week when he came in one day to get shaved and I recognized who he was, as he had been pointed out to me, so I told him about my old lady. They was no answer and it must of came to her all of a sudden that she’d been bunked.

I happened to know that Hod had went over to Carterville and wouldn’t be home till the end of the week. Hairrcut on reading and studying the short story by a guy who’s read and written about a lot of short stories. Doc done ny he could to improve Paul’s mind and he told me once that he really thought the boy was getting better, that they was times when he was as bright and sensible as anybody else.


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He goes to Detroit two or three times a year and w’ile he’s there must have a tailor take his measure and then make him a suit to order. Him and Hod bby all kinds of sport with Milt Sheppard. My Dad read this to my sister and me, this one and The Monkey’s Paw made sure we would seek therapy as adults. I tell you this incident just to show you how he could disguise his voice and make you believe it was somebody else talkie’.

Doc Stair come here about a year and a half ago.

He hangs around the barbershop frequently, and as the barber’s fing unfold—this eulogy that will condemn—it becomes clear that Kendall is both an alcoholic and unemployed. You’d of thought it was a reserved seat like they have sometimes in a theaytre.

But she broke loose and before he could stop her, she run in the next room and locked the door and phoned to Joe Barnes. Dec 28, Juergen John Roscher rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus young Paul is infatuated with Julie Gregg, who lives with her invalid mother and who is at once attracted to the new Dr. 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 hakrcut.

And fuck, what a goddamn tool Jim is.