Read the excerpt from "The Lottery." The people separated good-humoredly to let her through: two or three people said, in voices just loud enough to be heard across the crowd, "Here comes your...

Read the excerpt from "The Lottery."

The people separated good-humoredly to let her through: two or three people said, in voices just loud enough to be heard across the crowd, "Here comes your Missus, Hutchinson," and "Bill, she made it after all." Mrs. Hutchinson reached her husband, and Mr. Summers, who had been waiting, said cheerfully, "Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie." Mrs. Hutchinson said grinning, "Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?" and soft laughter ran through the crowd as the people stirred back into position after Mrs. Hutchinson's arrival. 

Which line from the excerpt contains irony? 

A.) “Bill, she made it after all.” 

B.) “Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie.”

C.) “Wouldn’t have me leave m’dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?” 

D.) “Here comes your Missus, Hutchinson.”
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kathik eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, the line which contains irony is B, "Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie" (Jackson 2). First of all, this is ironic because Tessie is the "winner" of the lottery, so she is necessary to the tradition. Secondly, since she is stoned to death to fulfill her lottery obligation, the town really will have to "get along without her" for the rest of their lives. Her children will have to get on without her because they will no longer have a mother. Her husband will have to get on without her because he will no longer have a wife. Her friends and her community will no longer have her as part of their neighborhood. Tessie is late to the lottery, and maybe had she known her name would be drawn this particular year, she might have chosen to not show up at all!

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