At a glance:
- Author: Ring Lardner
- First Published: 1925
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Time of Work: The 1920’s
- Setting: A small, unnamed town in Michigan
- Characters: Dick, Doc Ralph Stair, Jim Kendall, Paul Dickson, Julie Gregg
- Genres: Social realism, Short fiction
- Subjects: Values, Murder or homicide, Barbershops or barbers, Small-town life, Jokes
- Locales: United States, Michigan, North America
“Haircut” takes its title from the frame story, in which a barber is talking to a stranger in town as he cuts his hair. The barber is a naïve narrator who does not grasp the full impact of the story that he is telling. His narration concerns the town practical joker, Jim Kendall, who was recently killed in what everyone supposes was an accident.
The barber is a typical resident of a small, unnamed Michigan town near Carterville, who is telling the newcomer how, in his opinion, the liveliness of the town has diminished since the demise of Jim Kendall, whose...
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