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Haircut by Ring Lardner

In his short story, “Haircut,” Ring Lardner employs an atypical point of view style. Although the story is told completely from the point of view of a barber, what makes it unique is that the reader is a part of the story as the barber’s customer. Lardner makes use of the stereotype that barbers are very talkative while they do their work, and one can learn all the town gossip from them. The barber himself is very talkative by nature, inferred from when he says that he does not mind shaving corpses, except that he gets “kind of lonesome” with them because he cannot talk to them. He also seems unaware of his gossiping nature because, once, he actually stops…