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Ring Lardner and the Other$
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Douglas Robinson

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076004.001.0001

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Reading Beyond the Ending

Reading Beyond the Ending

(p.181) 6 Reading Beyond the Ending
Ring Lardner and the Other

Douglas Robinson

Oxford University Press

In all the readings of “Haircut” explored so far, Jim Kendall was sick, nasty, and twisted. He deserved to be put down like a dog. But if he was sick, so was the town that put him down. They were so neurotically gripped with order, propriety, and doing the right thing, that they committed legal murder. But if the town was sick, so was the reader who tolerated the murder, and the writer who set the reader up to approve of it, and the Liberty editor who agreed to publish it in his magazine, and the society that condones such writing and reading and publishing.

Keywords:   Jim Kendall, sick, order, propriety, Liberty, murder

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