How does the detail "And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson a few pebbles" contribute to the text in "The Lottery"?

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The significance of this detail begins in the second paragraph of the story when the narrator notes that "the children assembled first, of course" for the lottery. Inherent in this ritual is a fascination with the blind acceptance of tradition that the impending stoning doesn't frighten the children of the town. Instead, they rush to gather, stuffing their pockets full of stones and choosing the best ones. There is no sense in the children's actions of dread. No one talks about the possibility that someone they love could be chosen. Instead, they blindly begin preparations for a murder without any sense of guilt, much the same as the adults in their town.

Davy Hutchinson is so young that he hasn't even gathered his own stones, and someone hands him a few "pebbles," the word itself connoting that he isn't capable of holding or throwing larger rocks. Davy is being swept into the next generation of those who will participate in the lottery each year, and there is no sense of remorse...

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