The reluctance to change the tradition shows most clearly in the splintering box that holds the lottery slips. We learn that:
. . . no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.
We also learn that in recent years, Mr. Summers always runs the lottery.
Mr. Summers will bring up making a new box sometimes because of how badly the old box has deteriorated, but the idea always fades away.
We learn from Tessie Hutchinson that the lottery always takes place on June 27th.
We find that there is a precise and unchanging sequence of events, with male heads of family each drawing a slip first, and in the absence of a male head, the wife doing the drawing. Nobody opens their slip of paper until everyone has drawn. After the "chosen" family is identified, there is a second drawing to determine who within the family will be stoned.
What is most interesting about this is that the reluctance to change seems to root more in dislike of the lottery than an enthusiastic embrace of...
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