"The Lottery"

by Shirley Jackson

Summary

This is a really short short story. It goes like this: There’s this lottery in the town, organized by Mr Summers. Everyone gathers around at 10:00, and many people have stones with them. Mr Summers has a black box with everyone’s family on pieces of paper. He calls up the men of each family to draw a piece of paper. After everyone draws it turns out that the Hutchinson family picked the marked piece of paper. so they put more pieces of paper in the box and then everyone in the Hutchinson family picks a piece of paper out of the box. This time Tess Hutchinson picked the paper with the black dot. The entire time she was mad about the lottery.