The townspeople in "The Lottery" are depicted as being entirely unremarkable: types and stereotypes one might find in any small town in America. Mr. Summers and Old Man Warner are the two clearest instances of these types.
Mr. Summers throws himself into all the civic activities of the town because he has no personal life to speak of; he is childless, and his wife is described as "a scold." He is exactly the type of man who would end up running the lottery, as well as chairing every committee, always looking "very proper and important" as well as "talking interminably." His enjoyment of officialdom is paired with the ineffectual nature that so often accompanies this characteristic. He is addicted to prolonged discussion without action, which is why he is continually talking about having a new box made for the lottery, but never does anything about it.
Old Man Warner is the oldest man in town, an identity which has come to define him so thoroughly that it has become part of his name. He is...
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