The Lottery By Shirley Jackson 云天譯

by 云天

The Lottery
By Shirley Jackson


The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had to be started on June 26th. but in this village, where there were only about three hundred people, the whole lottery took less than two hours, so it could begin at ten o'clock in the morning and still be through in time to allow the villagers to get home for noon dinner.

六月二十七日上午,晴空灿灿,空气里流溢着盛夏特有的清新和温暖;繁花似锦,碧草如茵。十点左右,邮局与银行之间的广场上,成群的村民開始陸續聚集。 有些小镇因为人太多,抽奖费时两天,因此六月二十六日就提前开始了。而这个村子也就三百来人,整个抽奖过程不到两小时,所以早上十点开始,晌午趕回家吃饭还来得及。

The children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play, and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands. Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; 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. The girls stood aside, talking among themselves, looking over their shoulders at the boys, and the very small children rolled in the dust or clung to the hands of their older brothers or sisters.

不用说,孩子们率先扎堆。不久前学校才放暑假,大多数孩子身上有种不知所措的自由感。开始打打闹闹之前,他们习惯先聚在一起,静静地呆一会儿。谈论的话题照旧是课堂、老师、书本与惩罚。鲍比.马丁的口袋里塞滿了石头,别的男孩立马有样学样,去拣最光最圆的石头。鲍比和哈利.琼斯,还有迪克. 迪拉克瓦--- 村里人念成“迪拉克罗伊”--- 终于在广场的一角堆了一个大石堆,而且守在那儿,以防别的男孩偷袭。站在一旁的女孩们,彼此聊着天,眼角的余光瞄着那些男孩子。小不點們要么在尘土里打滚,要么拽着哥哥姐姐們的手。

Soon the men began to gather. surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. The women, wearing faded house dresses and sweaters, came shortly after their menfolk. They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husbands. Soon the women, standing by their husbands, began to call to their children, and the children came reluctantly, having to be called four or five times. Bobby Martin ducked under his mother's grasping hand and ran, laughing, back to the pile of stones. His father spoke up sharply, and Bobby came quickly and took his place between his father and his oldest brother.


The lottery was conducted--as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program--by Mr. Summers. who had time and energy to devote to civic activities. He was a round-faced, jovial man and he ran the coal business, and people were sorry for him. because he had no children and his wife was a scold. When he arrived in the square, carrying the black wooden box, there was a murmur of conversation among the villagers, and he waved and called. "Little late today, folks." The postmaster, Mr. Graves, followed him, carrying a three- legged stool, and the stool was put in the center of the square and Mr. Summers set the black box down on it. The villagers kept their distance, leaving a space between themselves and the stool. and when Mr. Summers said, "Some of you fellows want to give me a hand?" there was a hesitation before two men. Mr. Martin and his oldest son, Baxter. came forward to hold the box steady on the stool while Mr. Summers stirred up the papers inside it.

就像方块舞、少年俱乐部和鬼节活动,抽奖也由萨摩斯先生主持,他有的是时间和精力,致力於这些民间活动。这个圆脸的快乐男人,经营煤炭生意,大伙都同情他,因为他不光没孩子,老婆还是個泼妇。他扛着黑木箱来到广场时,村民们正交头接耳。他挥挥手喊道, “乡亲们,今儿晚了点儿。” 跟在他后边的邮局局长格列夫斯先生,把手里的三脚凳放到广场正中,萨摩斯先生把黑箱子放到凳子上。村民们站的地方,同三脚凳有一段距离。萨摩斯先生询问,“哪些乡亲愿意打个帮手?” 这时有两个男人犹豫不决。马丁先生和他的大儿子巴克斯特走上前来,扶稳凳子上的黑箱子,萨摩斯先生与此同时搅动里面的纸片。

The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born. Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box. There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here. Every year, after the lottery, Mr. Summers began talking again about a new box, but every year the subject was allowed to fade off without anything's being done. The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one side to show the original wood color, and in some places faded or stained.


Mr. Martin and his oldest son, Baxter, held the black box securely on the stool until Mr. Summers had stirred the papers thoroughly with his hand. Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Summers had been successful in having slips of paper substituted for the chips of wood that had been used for generations. Chips of wood, Mr. Summers had argued, had been all very well when the village was tiny, but now that the population was more than three hundred and likely to keep on growing, it was necessary to use something that would fit more easily into the black box. The night before the lottery, Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr. Summers’ coal company and locked up until Mr. Summers was ready to take it to the square next morning. The rest of the year, the box was put way, sometimes one place, sometimes another; it had spent one year in Mr. Graves’s barn and another year underfoot in the post office, and sometimes it was set on a shelf in the Martin grocery and left there.


There was a great deal of fussing to be done before Mr. Summers declared the lottery open. There were the lists to make up--of heads of families. heads of households in each family. members of each household in each family. There was the proper swearing-in of Mr. Summers by the postmaster, as the official of the lottery; at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery, a perfunctory. tuneless chant that had been rattled off duly each year; some people believed that the official of the lottery used to stand just so when he said or sang it, others believed that he was supposed to walk among the people, but years and years ago this part of the ritual had been allowed to lapse. There had been, also, a ritual salute, which the official of the lottery had to use in addressing each person who came up to draw from the box, but this also had changed with time, until now it was felt necessary only for the official to speak to each person approaching. Mr. Summers was very good at all this; in his clean white shirt and blue jeans,with one hand resting carelessly on the black box. He seemed very proper and important as he talked interminably to Mr. Graves and the Martins.

萨摩斯先生宣布开始抽奖之前,要处理很多繁文缛节。先要确定一串名单--- 各家的人头数、户主,及其成员。萨摩斯先生还要在邮局局长主持下郑重宣誓,成为抽奖官。一些村民还记得,有阵子搞过抽奖官朗诵仪式,也就走走过场,每年背诵些不成调的颂歌。有些人认为抽奖官说话吟唱时就该这么站着,另一些人则认为他应当在人群中来回走动,但这项仪式多年前就被允许作废了。过去还有个敬礼仪式,就是当每个人上来抽奖时,抽奖官必须在问候时行礼,但这个仪式也与时俱变,现在抽奖官与来人寒暄几句就成了。身着整洁的白衬衫和蓝布牛仔裤的萨摩斯先生尤擅此道。 他把一只手随意搭在黑箱子上,同格列夫斯先生和马丁父子交谈时,看起来中规中矩,郑重其事。

Just as Mr. Summers finally left off talking and turned to the assembled villagers, Mrs. Hutchinson came hurriedly along the path to the square, her sweater thrown over her shoulders, and slid into place in the back of the crowd. "Clean forgot what day it was," she said to Mrs. Delacroix, who stood next to her, and they both laughed softly. "Thought my old man was out back stacking wood," Mrs. Hutchinson went on. "and then I looked out the window and the kids was gone, and then I remembered it was the twenty-seventh and came a-running." She dried her hands on her apron, and Mrs. Delacroix said, "You're in time, though. They're still talking away up there."

正當萨摩斯先生终于中断谈话,转向已经集合的村民們時,哈金森太太慌里慌張地沿着小道赶到广场,肩上搭著毛衣,在人群後面找了個空。“今儿是什么日子忘得一干二净,”她告诉身旁的迪拉克瓦太太,两人都轻轻笑了。“还以为我家老头子在屋后堆木头呢,” 哈金森太太接着说,“后来朝窗外一看,娃们都没影了,我这才想起是二十七号,就一路跑来了。”她用围裙把手揩干。迪拉克瓦太太说,“你来得可正是時候。他们还在那儿讲个没完没了呢。”

Mrs. Hutchinson craned her neck to see through the crowd and found her husband and children standing near the front. She tapped Mrs. Delacroix on the arm as a farewell and began to make her way through the crowd. The people separated good-humoredly to let her through: two or three people said in voices just loud enough to be heard across the crowd, "Here comes your, Missus, Hutchinson," and "Bill, she made it after all." Mrs. Hutchinson reached her husband, and Mr. Summers, who had been waiting, said cheerfully. "Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie." Mrs. Hutchinson said grinning, "Wouldn't have me leave m'dishes in the sink, now, would you, Joe?," and soft laughter ran through the crowd as the people stirred back into position after Mrs. Hutchinson's arrival.

哈金森太太伸长脖子,透过人群看见丈夫和孩子们靠前排站着。她拍拍迪拉克瓦太太的胳膊以示再见,然後开始穿过人群朝前挤。人们很友好地給她让道。有两三个人用人群恰好听得到的声音说,“來了,你的,哈金森,太太,”还有聲音說,“比尔,她到底趕來了。”哈金森太太站到丈夫身边。一直等她的萨摩斯先生乐呵呵地说,“泰茜,还以为等不到你,我們只好开始呢。” 哈金森太太笑嘻嘻道,“乔,你不会让我把盘盘碗碗丢在水池里不管吧?”一陣轻笑掠過人群,人们在哈金森太太到來后又各归原位。

"Well, now." Mr. Summers said soberly, "guess we better get started, get this over with, so's we can go back to work. Anybody ain't here?"

“好吧,现在.” 萨摩斯先生严肃地说,“我想我们还是开始吧,赶紧完事,大伙兒還可以回去干活。有谁沒來吗?”

"Dunbar." several people said. "Dunbar. Dunbar."


Mr. Summers consulted his list. "Clyde Dunbar." he said. "That's right. He's broke his leg, hasn't he? Who's drawing for him?"


"Me. I guess," a woman said. and Mr. Summers turned to look at her. "Wife draws for her husband." Mr. Summers said. "Don't you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?" Although Mr. Summers and everyone else in the village knew the answer perfectly well, it was the business of the official of the lottery to ask such questions formally. Mr. Summers waited with an expression of polite interest while Mrs. Dunbar answered.


"Horace's not but sixteen yet." Mrs. Dunbar said regretfully. "Guess I gotta fill in for the old man this year." "Right." Sr. Summers said. He made a note on the list he was holding. Then he asked, "Watson boy drawing this year?"

“霍雷斯还不滿十六岁呢。” 丹巴太太遗憾地说。”我想今年我得替老伴抽奖。” “是啊。”萨摩斯先生说。他在手中的名单上做了个记号。然后问道,“华森家儿子今年来抽奖吗?”

A tall boy in the crowd raised his hand. "Here," he said. "I m drawing for my mother and me." He blinked his eyes nervously and ducked his head as several voices in the crowd said things like "Good fellow, Jack." and "Glad to see your mother's got a man to do it."

人群中一个高个少年举起手。“在,”他说。“我為我娘和我自己抽獎。”“杰克,棒小伙”, “真高兴你娘有你這麼個男子汉幫她,” 人群中響起諸如此类的话,杰克紧张地眨巴着眼,低下头。

"Well," Mr. Summers said, "guess that's everyone. Old Man Warner made it?"


"Here," a voice said. and Mr. Summers nodded.


A sudden hush fell on the crowd as Mr. Summers cleared his throat and looked at the list. "All ready?" he called. "Now, I'll read the names--heads of families first--and the men come up and take a paper out of the box. Keep the paper folded in your hand without looking at it until everyone has had a turn. Everything clear?"

萨摩斯先生清嗓子看名单之际,突如其来的静寂落到人群中。“都准备好了?”他喊道。“现在,我读名字--- 先是各家户主—- 男人们上来从箱子里取张纸片。不轮完最後一个,不许看手中的折疊纸片。都说明白了吗?”

The people had done it so many times that they only half listened to the directions: most of them were quiet. wetting their lips. not looking around. Then Mr. Summers raised one hand high and said, "Adams." A man disengaged himself from the crowd and came forward. "Hi. Steve." Mr. Summers said. and Mr. Adams said. "Hi. Joe." They grinned at one another humorlessly and nervously. Then Mr. Adams reached into the black box and took out a folded paper. He held it firmly by one corner as he turned and went hastily back to his place in the crowd. where he stood a little apart from his family. not looking down at his hand.


"Allen." Mr. Summers said. "Anderson.... Bentham."


"Seems like there's no time at all between lotteries any more." Mrs. Delacroix said to Mrs. Graves in the back row.


"Seems like we got through with the last one only last week."


"Time sure goes fast.“-- Mrs. Graves said.


"Clark.... Delacroix"


"There goes my old man." Mrs. Delacroix said. She held her breath while her husband went forward.

“轮到我家老头子了。” 德拉克瓦太太说。 她家那口子走上前时,她屏紧呼吸。

"Dunbar," Mr. Summers said, and Mrs. Dunbar went steadily to the box while one of the women said. "Go on. Janey," and another said, "There she goes."


"We're next." Mrs. Graves said. She watched while Mr. Graves came around from the side of the box, greeted Mr. Summers gravely and selected a slip of paper from the box. By now, all through the crowd there were men holding the small folded papers in their large hand. turning them over and over nervously。Mrs. Dunbar and her two sons stood together, Mrs. Dunbar holding the slip of paper.

“我们是下一个。”格列夫斯太太说。 她眼瞅着格列夫斯先生从箱子一侧转过身,跟萨摩斯先生严肃地打过招呼,从箱子里挑了一张纸片。这会儿,人群中到处是大手里捏着折叠小纸片的男人们,正惴惴不安地把纸片翻来覆去。丹巴太太和两个儿子站在一起,她手里攥着纸片。

"Harburt.... Hutchinson."


"Get up there, Bill," Mrs. Hutchinson said. and the people near her laughed.

“比尔,过去呀,“巴金森太太说。 旁边的人們哄然大笑。



"They do say," Mr. Adams said to Old Man Warner, who stood next to him, "that over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery."


Old Man Warner snorted. "Pack of crazy fools," he said. "Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while. Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.' First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There's always been a lottery," he added petulantly. "Bad enough to see young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody."

老华纳哼了一声。“一帮疯狂的蠢家伙。”他说。“听那些毛头小伙瞎扯,没啥能让他们称心。接下来你就知道,他们要住回到洞穴里,谁也不用干活,就那样打發一陣日子。老话说‘六月摸奖,丰收在望。’ 你先会发现,我们都得靠熬繁缕和橡子裹腹喽。抽奖一直就有哇。“他气冲冲地补充道,”瞅着乔。萨摩斯那小子在上頭跟每個人嘻嘻哈哈,就够糟糕了。“

"Some places have already quit lotteries." Mrs. Adams said.

“有些地方已经停止摸奖了。“ 亚当斯先生说。

"Nothing but trouble in that," Old Man Warner said stoutly. "Pack of young fools."


"Martin." And Bobby Martin watched his father go forward. "Overdyke.... Percy."


"I wish they'd hurry," Mrs. Dunbar said to her older son. "I wish they'd hurry."


"They're almost through," her son said.

“他們就快好了。“ 她儿子说。

"You get ready to run tell Dad," Mrs. Dunbar said.

“你准备好跑去告诉你爹,” 丹巴太太说。

Mr. Summers called his own name and then stepped forward precisely and selected a slip from the box. Then he called, "Warner."


"Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery," Old Man Warner said as he went through the crowd. "Seventy-seventh time."


"Watson" The tall boy came awkwardly through the crowd. Someone said, "Don't be nervous, Jack," and Mr. Summers said, "Take your time, son."

“华生。”高个男孩笨手笨脚从人群中穿过。 有人说,“甭紧张啊,杰克,”萨摩斯先生说,“孩子,不要急啊。”



After that, there was a long pause, a breathless pause, until Mr. Summers. holding his slip of paper in the air, said, "All right, fellows." For a minute, no one moved, and then all the slips of paper were opened. Suddenly, all the women began to speak at once, saying. "Who is it?," "Who's got it?," "Is it the Dunbars?," "Is it the Watsons?" Then the voices began to say, "It's Hutchinson. It's Bill," "Bill Hutchinson's got it."

接下来,一阵连呼吸都听不到的長長的静寂之后,萨摩斯先生把手里的纸片举起来,“好了,老乡们。”足足一分钟,谁也没动,然后所有的纸片都打开了。突然,所有女人立刻开始七嘴八舌,“是谁呀?”“谁摸到了?”“是丹巴家吗?”“是华生家吗?” 然後,一些声音说,“是哈金森家。 是比尔,”“比尔中獎了。”

"Go tell your father," Mrs. Dunbar said to her older son.

“快去告诉你爹,” 丹巴太太吩咐大儿子。

People began to look around to see the Hutchinsons. Bill Hutchinson was standing quiet, staring down at the paper in his hand. Suddenly. Tessie Hutchinson shouted to Mr. Summers. "You didn't give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn't fair!"

眾人逡巡的目光都匯聚到哈金森一家身上。 比尔.哈金森站在那不做声,盯着手里的纸片。突然,泰茜.哈金森冲着萨摩斯先生大吼,“你给他的时间不夠,沒讓他抽到想要的纸片。 我都看见了。这不公平!”

"Be a good sport, Tessie." Mrs. Delacroix called, and Mrs. Graves said, "All of us took the same chance."

“要輸得起呦,泰茜。”德拉克瓦太太喊道。 格列夫斯太太说,“我们大伙可都机会均等啊。”

"Shut up, Tessie," Bill Hutchinson said.


"Well, everyone," Mr. Summers said, "that was done pretty fast, and now we've got to be hurrying a little more to get done in time." He consulted his next list. "Bill," he said, "you draw for the Hutchinson family. You got any other households in the Hutchinsons?"


"There's Don and Eva," Mrs. Hutchinson yelled. "Make them take their chance!"

“還有丹和伊娃,” 哈金森太太扯着嗓门大喊,“让他们也碰碰运气!”

"Daughters draw with their husbands' families, Tessie," Mr. Summers said gently. "You know that as well as anyone else."


"It wasn't fair," Tessie said.


"I guess not, Joe." Bill Hutchinson said regretfully. "My daughter draws with her husband's family; that's only fair. And I've got no other family except the kids."


"Then, as far as drawing for families is concerned, it's you," Mr. Summers said in explanation, "and as far as drawing for households is concerned, that's you, too. Right?"


"Right," Bill Hutchinson said.


"How many kids, Bill?" Mr. Summers asked formally.


"Three," Bill Hutchinson said.


"There's Bill, Jr., and Nancy, and little Dave. And Tessie and me."

“小比尔,南茜,和小戴卫仨孩子。 还有泰茜和我。”

"All right, then," Mr. Summers said. "Harry, you got their tickets back?"

“好的,那么,” 萨摩斯先生说,”哈利,你把他们的彩券收回来了吗?“

Mr. Graves nodded and held up the slips of paper. "Put them in the box, then," Mr. Summers directed. "Take Bill's and put it in."


"I think we ought to start over," Mrs. Hutchinson said, as quietly as she could. "I tell you it wasn't fair. You didn't give him time enough to choose. Everybody saw that."


Mr. Graves had selected the five slips and put them in the box. and he dropped all the papers but those onto the ground. where the breeze caught them and lifted them off.


"Listen, everybody," Mrs. Hutchinson was saying to the people around her.


"Ready, Bill?" Mr. Summers asked. and Bill Hutchinson, with one quick glance around at his wife and children. nodded.

“比尔,准备好了吗?”萨摩斯先生问。 比尔.哈金森飞快地朝老婆和孩子们看了一眼,点点头。

"Remember," Mr. Summers said. "take the slips and keep them folded until each person has taken one. Harry, you help little Dave." Mr. Graves took the hand of the little boy, who came willingly with him up to the box. "Take a paper out of the box, Davy." Mr. Summers said. Davy put his hand into the box and laughed. "Take just one paper." Mr. Summers said. "Harry, you hold it for him." Mr. Graves took the child's hand and removed the folded paper from the tight fist and held it while little Dave stood next to him and looked up at him wonderingly.

“记住,”萨摩斯先生说,“在每个人都拿到紙片之前,不能打开手中折叠的纸片。哈利,你帮帮小戴卫。“ 格列夫斯先生拉着小男孩的手,小男孩乖乖地跟着他走到黑箱子前。“戴卫,从箱子里拿张纸片。”萨摩斯先生说。 戴卫把手伸进箱子里,咯咯笑着。“只能拿一张啊。”萨摩斯先生叮嘱。“哈利,你先帮他拿着。”格列夫斯先生拿过小孩子的手, 从他攥紧的小拳头里取出纸片,抓在自己手里。站在他旁边的小戴卫此时迷惑地望着他。

"Nancy next," Mr. Summers said. Nancy was twelve, and her school friends breathed heavily as she went forward switching her skirt, and took a slip daintily from the box "Bill, Jr.," Mr. Summers said, and Billy, his face red and his feet overlarge, near knocked the box over as he got a paper out. "Tessie," Mr. Summers said. She hesitated for a minute, looking around defiantly. and then set her lips and went up to the box. She snatched a paper out and held it behind her.


"Bill," Mr. Summers said, and Bill Hutchinson reached into the box and felt around, bringing his hand out at last with the slip of paper in it.


The crowd was quiet. A girl whispered, "I hope it's not Nancy," and the sound of the whisper reached the edges of the crowd.


"It's not the way it used to be." Old Man Warner said clearly. "People ain't the way they used to be."


"All right," Mr. Summers said. "Open the papers. Harry, you open little Dave's."


Mr. Graves opened the slip of paper and there was a general sigh through the crowd as he held it up and everyone could see that it was blank. Nancy and Bill. Jr.. opened theirs at the same time. and both beamed and laughed. turning around to the crowd and holding their slips of paper above their heads.


"Tessie," Mr. Summers said. There was a pause, and then Mr. Summers looked at Bill Hutchinson, and Bill unfolded his paper and showed it. It was blank.

“泰茜,”萨摩斯先生说。 停顿了一下,萨摩斯先生看着比尔.哈金森。比尔打开并出示纸片,是空白的。

"It's Tessie," Mr. Summers said, and his voice was hushed. "Show us her paper. Bill."


Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it, the black spot Mr. Summers had made the night before with the heavy pencil in the coal company office. Bill Hutchinson held it up, and there was a stir in the crowd.


"All right, folks." Mr. Summers said. "Let's finish quickly."


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; there were stones on the ground with the blowing scraps of paper that had come out of the box Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands and turned to Mrs. Dunbar. "Come on," she said. "Hurry up."


Mrs. Dunbar had small stones in both hands, and she said. gasping for breath. "I can't run at all. You'll have to go ahead and I'll catch up with you."


The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles.


Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. "It isn't fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head. Old Man Warner was saying, "Come on, come on, everyone." Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with Mrs. Graves beside him.


"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.



zt from wiki:

"The Lottery" is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker. Written the same month it was published, it is ranked today as "one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature". It has been described as "a chilling tale of conformity gone mad."

Response to the story was negative, surprising Jackson and The New Yorker. Readers canceled subscriptions and sent hate mail throughout the summer.[4] The story was banned in the Union of South Africa.[5] Since then, it has been accepted as a classic American short story, subject to critical interpretations and media adaptations, and it has been taught in middle schools and high schools for decades.

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