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Key Plot Points

On June 27th, the Townspeople Assemble: It is a beautiful summer day in an unnamed village. The children play and gather stones in a large pile. The men chat about the weather, farming, and taxes. The women gossip. Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves bring out the supplies for the lottery: a black box, a three-legged stool, and slips of paper. 

Mrs. Hutchinson Is Late: Tessie Hutchinson arrives after most others have gathered. She explains that she forgot which day it was. Mrs. Delacroix reassures her that she isn’t too late, and Mrs. Hutchinson goes to stand with her husband. 

The Lottery Begins: The lottery is organized by family, and the men draw slips of paper for their respective families. One exception is Mrs. Dunbar , who draws for her family in her husband’s absence. After each household’s representative has...

(The entire section is 285 words.)