What other feelings did people have for Mr. Summers besides feeling sorry? (a) respect and liking; (b) awe; (c) fear and suspicion; or (d) jealousy.From "The Lottery": "the people felt sorry...

What other feelings did people have for Mr. Summers besides feeling sorry? (a) respect and liking; (b) awe; (c) fear and suspicion; or (d) jealousy.

From "The Lottery": "the people felt sorry for Mr. Summers because his wife was a scold." They must have had other feelings for him as well, such as?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The answer to your question is certainly in between (a), respect and liking, and (b)awe. They both would fit because Mr. Summers is well-respected as a community leader, and he is liked perhaps because he is the richest man in the village.

The fact that people talk about him with admiration shows awe. It is almost as if he were the celebrity member of the village. It is imaginable that the fact that he has money and power earn him the awe of his fellow villagers.

Yet, the fact that the villagers continue with the tradition of the lottery shows that they like and respect Mr. Summers enough to take his word, and not their own common sense, to go on with it. Mr. Summers is one of the biggest supporters of the lottery. His influence clearly affected their decision-making process.

Therefore, A or B would work, but if you want to cover all bases go with "respected and well-liked."

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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(b) respect and liking

The members of the community recognize Mr. Summers as a leader of the community.  He speaks frequently to the villagers about making a new black box; he suggests that instead of using chips of wood they use slips of paper because there were too many people for the box to accommodate the chips.  Also, Mr. Summers is in a position of respect as a businessman; he is sworn in as the official of the lottery.  Regarding his position, the narrator of Jackson's story states,

Mr. Summers was very good at all this; in his clean white shirt and blue jeans, with one hand resting carelessly on the black box, he seemed very proper and important as he talked interminablt to Mr. Graves and the Martins.

When Mr. Summers calls to people, they respond immediately, indicating respect.  As, for instance, he calls Mr. Adams, the man quickly disengages himself from the crowd and comes forward. When Mr. Summers calls his own name, he steps forward precisely and selects a slip from the box, indicating his sense of "fairness."

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