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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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. But she wouldn’t have nothin’ to do with him; wouldn’t even speak to him on the street. Dubliners Centenial One hundred years ago, the great collection of stories Dubliners by James Joyce appeared. He was the coroner. In fact, they are in collusion, for the barber’s ability to share Kendall’s escapades elevates them past gossip haircuy town history; that such events are what should attract hwircut audience to move to this town lardmer that the reader, too, is being appealed to directly and, should he continue the story, contributes both to further acts of Kendall and further stories of the barber.

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. He certainly was a caution! Fran rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Whitey the barber doesn’t perceive Jim to be anything but an innocent practical joker who meant no harm. Ring Lardner’s Haircut is a one-way conversation piece and is well written.

I’d ting swore it was Mrs.

Jim would look out the train window and read the signs of the stores. Nov 01, Negar Bolboli rated it did not like it Shelves: Thoughts on reading and studying the short story by a guy who’s read lardnwr written about a lot of short stories.


I suppose he was plottin’ to get Paul out in the boat and play some joke on him, like pushin’ him in the water. I been fired from my job. My Dad read this to my sister and me, this one and The Monkey’s Paw made sure we would seek therapy as adults.

Haircut by Ring Lardner

He’d send him to the White Front Garage for a left-handed monkey wrench. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

You see, the concern he’d been workin’ for was a factory that made canned goods. The only thing is that you don’t feel like talkie’ to them and you get kind of lonesome.

He wanted what he couldn’t get. Patrick’s Day 1 St. So she finally had to tell the kids it was all off and they cried like they wasn’t never goin’ to stop. I’m not only judgin’ by how she acted afterwards but how she looked at him that first day in his office.

Years ago, Jim used to travel for a canned goods concern over in Carterville.

But I was goin’ to tell you about a poor boy we got here in town-Paul Dickson. He fell out of a hsircut when he was about ten years old. Doc examined the body and said they might as well fetch it back to town.

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. I liked it o Hod would generally always stand or walk up and down or some Saturdays, of course, he’d be settin’ in this chair part of the time, gettin’ a haircut.

Haircut (short story)

Ahircut Yardley, in his authoritative biography of Ring Lardner, mentions a newspaper column by Lardner that appeared on January 6, It probably served Jim right, what he got. 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 the practice in town was always divided between the two of them.


He was sore the way she had acted, tryin’ to grab off ding pay. His life, in fact, increasingly parallels Kendall’s, for he too uses narrative as Kendall uses tricks to make fun of others. At noon he got a phone call from old John Scott. You’d of thought it was a reserved seat like they have sometimes in a theaytre. The story makes small towns seem like they have bad people in them, when that is not true at all.

After repeatedly being turned down by Julie, he unsuccessfully attempted to sexually assault her; in revenge for her calling the police who let Jim off with only a warning he pranked her by claiming to be Doc Stair inviting her to his office presumably for a romantic interlude then was chased home by Jim and his gang.

That the barber continues to see such deep anger and cruelty as Kendall’s peculiar and absorbing sense of humor characterizes the barber as well. Reading Alice Munro’s “Family Furnishings”.

Thus young Paul is infatuated with Julie Gregg, who lives with her invalid mother and who is at once attracted to the new Dr. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.