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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I tell you this incident just to show you how he could disguise his voice and make you believe it was somebody else talkie’. She rung it again and she rung it seven or eight times. They used to be plenty fun in here Saturdays.

Naircut Centenial One hundred years ago, the great collection of stories Dubliners by James Gaircut appeared. Well, he waited till Evans’s Circus was advertised to come to town. So Doc says that’s what he had heard, and he couldn’t understand it because Paul had told him he wouldn’t never have no more to do with Jim as long as he lived. Jim found this out afterwards and it was one reason why he had it in for Doc Stair. If I had all that was comin’ to me for just shaves alone, I could go to Carterville and put up at the Mercer for a week and see a different picture every night.

Haircut (short story)

I felt extreme satisfaction with the ending of this story. What is proffered as amusing is actually a scary tale about depravity and complicity. The barber wants to tell of Jim Kendall, who has recently died, “We ain’t no New York or Chicago, but we have pretty good times.

I first published these remarks many years ago in the journal Explicator. To show you how good he was along this line, I’ll tell you the joke he played on me once.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Books by Ring Lardner. So she, or the voice, it said that was all right, so I got Frank Abbott to drive me out to the place and when I got there, who should open the door but old John himself! Paul hadn’t never handled a gun and he was nervous. Preview — Haircut by Ring Lardner.


That’s an expression of Jim’s himself. Of course they ain’t no such thing as a left-handed monkey wrench.

I’d of swore it was Mrs. Jul 14, Lemar rated it it was amazing Shelves: He certainly was a card! To view it, click here.

Nobody could of thought it up but Jim Kendall. Doc examined the body and said they might as well fetch it back to town. 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.

The morning of the hunt, Doc Stair turns up nervously at the barber shop. To him she was just a young lady that wanted to see the doctor.

Whitey the barber doesn’t perceive Jim to be anything but an innocent practical joker who meant no harm. But I was goin’ to tell you about a poor boy we got here in town-Paul Dickson. Doc always keeps a night light in his office, so it looked to Julie like they was somebody there. New Yorker, June 27, The thing that made me give this 5 stars was def.

Now Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle Click cover to go to Amazon and read the Introduction and first chapter. It’s a cinch Doc went up in the air and swore he’d make Jim suffer. City and besides that, the most of the boys works all day and don’t have no leisure to drop in here and get themselves prettied up.

He let fire and Jim sunk back in the boat, dead.

Haircut–Ring Lardner ()

Reading Alice Munro’s “What is Remembered”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They lay a whole lot stiller than live customers. So he left my old lady inside and come out to the front office and that’s the first time him and Julie met lagdner I guess it was what they call love at first sight.


The reader becomes as morally implicated in the death as the barber and the townspeople by accepting what was obviously their use of the young man Paul to rid themselves of a troublemaker and prankster that byy hated and feared.

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. Thank you for continuing to read essays in my archives. This page was last edited on 3 Januaryat Doc done all 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.

But he wasn’t satisfied with just outwittin’ her. Boyle The Fugitive 1 T. There’s his shavin’ mug, setting on the shelf, right next to Charley Vail’s. Dec 31, Sevgi rated it liked it Shelves: Sean rated it it was ok Mar 02, Joe was an old friend of Julie’s pa.

Like other Munro stories, this story opens with an introit about an incident that does not seem plot related to the story, but might be the His style of writing perhaps, but to conventional English users like me, it is both incomprehensible and annoying.

For a w’ile everybody was wonderin’ why a young doctor like Doc Stair should come to a town like this where we already got old Doc Gamble and Doc Foote that’s both been here for years and all gaircut practice in town was always divided between the two of them.