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What is ironic about the conversation in "The Lottery"?

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It is ironic that Tessie protests her own selection when it is probable that she has participated in these lotteries and executions before.  It is also ironic, as noted in an exchange between her and Mrs. Delacroix, that she almost missed the lottery because she forgot that it was the 27th.  There's even an exchange between Mr. Adams and Old Man Warner about some towns giving up the lottery, but they dismiss that as the crazy notions of young people who do not...

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