What are three of Tessie Hutchinson's character traits?  What are some characteristics of Tessie Hutchinson's in the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson?

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Tessie Hutchinson is:

1. Good Housekeeper and wife:  She almost misses the lottery because she forgot about the date.  When she arrives she dries her hands on her apron.  She teases with Mr. Summers when he comments that they thought they were going to have to start without her.

"Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?"( Internet copy pg 2)  

2. Outspoken: When the Hunchinson name is drawn, she says,

"You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted.  I saw you.  I wasn't fair" (Internet copy pg 4)

She continues to protest to the people around her, even though the lottery continues and everyone is ignoring her.

3. Hypocritical: She shows up for the lottery prepared to follow what it says.  She would have stoned the person whose name was called, but when her own family was chosen, she couldn't take it. She continues to protest to the last moment that

"It isn't fair, it isn't right." (Internet copy pg 6)

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The Lottery

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