By using limited, the thoughts of the characters are left out, and therefore, since they know what the lottery is, they surely think about it.
The reader sees both literal and metaphorical meaning of this story because for one it shows for face value what the entire story is about, and hidden behind it is the notion of the scapegoat being picked like a lottery number.
The setting of the story in respects to the story's environment served to illustrate the mood of that particular time in the story.
After reading the story and knowing the outcome, I wonder if Tessie was dreading this day all along.
When Tessie was in no danger she was gossiping with the other ladies and even encouraged her husband to go and pick a piece of paper.