"School was recently over for the summer...they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play..." The children are excited to be out of school for the summer. They are happily talking and playing together.
"Keep the paper folded in your hand without looking at it..." Mr. Summers is telling the crowd not to look at their papers. The author doesn't want us know what information the papers hold or why the people must wait to find out. This creates mystery and tension.
""It isn't fair, it isn't right." Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her." Mrs. Hutchinson had already been hit in the side of the head and is now pleading for others to leave her alone. However, the other people don't care and still stone her. The way they disregard her feelings is horrifying.
Both the black box and the three-legged stool symbolize the annual lottery, which determines who will be stoned. When villagers see the box or stool, they connect it to the tradition.
"The morning...was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." This describes the nice day outside and how pretty the flowers and grass look.
The old, faded, battered black box is a metaphor for the tradition of annually stoning someone. Some villages have stopped participating in this outdated tradition, but this town continues the practice.