Very metropolitan with shiny glass commercial buildings
Neat houses, green lawns and flowers everywhere
Gloomy and cold with gray houses
Dusty, dry with paint peeling off the houses
Less than 100
Just under a thousand
There is a band concert in the morning.
They are voting on whether to discontinue the lottery.
The mayor is making a speech.
It is the annual lottery day.
They play an exhibition football game before the lottery.
They collect stones and bring them to the town square.
They form an honor guard for the lottery box.
They keep the younger children off of the grass.
Shiny, decorative ones
Hard, jagged ones
Smooth, round ones
Heavy, flat ones
All day because they have more activities in the square.
An hour because the slips were mailed to people.
Not long because of better equipment.
As much as seven days.
Standing together and talking politics.
Standing together and talking about women.
Standing in a group but not talking.
Standing in a group talking about tractors and rain.
Standing together and gossiping.
Putting up the bunting.
Avoiding each others eyes.
Running around looking for their children.
In double file lines.
Making a huge circle in the town square.
Crowding forward to try to be first to draw,.
Coming together in family groups.
Slips of paper instead of wood chips
A new black box
Black and white ping pong balls
A bigger stool
The singing of the village anthem
The swearing in of the officials
The pledge of allegiance
The blessing of the box
He is the last one to draw a slip from the black box.
He is the first one to draw in the lottery.
He is the oldest man at the lottery.
He is the only single man there.
Nothing. It is very quiet.
The school marching band.
The women speaking all at once.
Slips will be put in the box for every member of the Hutchinson family.
The youngest Hutchinson will claim the prize.
The village people will vote for their favorite Hutchinson family member.
The Hutchinson family will draw straws to see who takes the prize.
All of the children
Little Dave Hutchinson
The youngest daugter
All of Tessie's friends, neighbors and family members
The women only because Tessie is a woman
The children only because it is their holiday.
Only the men of the village
The foolishness of blindly following tradition
The value of human life
The need for tradition in small towns
The need for change in a community
Dry like a newspaper article
An average day with overcast sky
Dreary and ominous
Cheerful, bright and colorful
Mr. Summers changing the tradition
Mr. Graves forgetting the stool
Tessie being late for the lottery
The boys gathering stones
The 4th of July
They hate it.
They are confused by it.
They look forward to it.
They do not like the suspense.