The Lottery and Other Stories

The lottery

what examples of colloquialisms are in these lines? what do they tell the reader about the characters in the story?

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My line numbers may not match yours. Can you quote one of the lines so I know where you are?

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lines 105-115

"Horace's not but sixteen yet. mrs Dunbar said regretfully. "guess I gotta fill in for the old man this year." "right." Mr. Summers said. He made a note on the list he was holding. then he asked. "Watson boy drawing this year?" A tall boy in the crowd raised his hand. "Here," he said. "im 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". and "glad to see your mothers got a mad to do it." "well,l me summers said, "guess that's everyone. old man Warner make 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.

Grammar was not the strong point of people in this village. Their colloquial English tells us this is a working agricultural community where school is not a priority,

"guess I gotta fill in for the old man this year."