What is the meaning of this quote from the Lottery?
"Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix --the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy" eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys"
Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix were young boys who had gathered enough stones for the villagers to use at the end of the lottery. They are eventually going to use those stone to kill someone. That was the purpose of the lottery - to choose someone from the community and sacrifice him/her. When talk starts about quitting the lottery and how other towns had done aways with the lottery, Old Man Warner tells them to remember the saying: "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon." It was necessary for the survival of the community to have the lottery. Therefore,the three boys have already gathered a supply of stones. They guarded that pile against other young boys who might pick them up early and start throwing them. The stones needed to be used for the stoning. When Mrs. Hutchinson was chosen as the victim, it says,
"Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready...." (Internet copy - pg 6)