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Read the excerpt from “The Lottery.”

Soon the men began to gather, surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors a… nd taxes. They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed. The women, wearing faded house dresses and sweaters, came shortly after their menfolk. They greeted one another and exchanged bits of gossip as they went to join their husbands.

Which part of the excerpt is ironic?

that the women were plainly dressed
that the women arrived after their husbands
that the men stood away from the pile of stones
that the men talked of work and the weather