Now, I'll read the names-heads of families first-and the men come up and take a paper out of the box
The black box symbolizes death. Whoever's name is drawn from the box will be stoned. So, it gives off an eerie feeling of doom.
The quote "Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones;" (lines 16-18) helps us imagine texture and sight. We can imagine the stones' smooth feeling. We can also see in our heads the roundness of the stones.
TONE & THEME
It's ironic that the setting is described as "...clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." (lines 1-3). This is ironic because that description gives off a happy and bright atmosphere, when this day will soon become dark very fast. The Lottery will turn this beautiful summer day into a sad day of mourning.
The tone of this story is suspenseful and pessimistic. The whole passage mysteriously leads up to a dark and depressing end. The theme is that tradition can become unnecessary and lead to rebellion. We see this in Tessie's rebellion towards the lottery when she is the one to be stoned.