In "The Lottery", this note was the indicator if you were the person to be stoned if you drew it from the black box. This note was folded in half so you couldn't cheat, and if there was a black swirl of pencil marks. (I couldn't find anything but the shapes to represent graphite marks)
The Village was first described as a sunny, vibrant place. Women were watching children gossip, and the men were standing around "speaking of planting rain..." The men were standing together, away from a pile of stones.
Tone / Theme
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In "The Lottery" there is a handful of figurative language scattered around to be found. The words "tuneless chant" is an oxymoron meaning both words have opposite meanings and make something that doesn't sound ordinary. Tuneless chant is an oxymoron because chanting is generally full of spirit and pride, but here it is nothing but monotone and dull.
Tone is what really drove the story into what it is. The tone isn't meloncholy throughout the entire story, just when it is rendered necessary. The theme is also a big part to the story too. I feel like the theme can be that you don't really know what you have until it's lost.