Dr. Stanpole is the main doctor at Devon’s infirmary. He is caring and kind, and pities Gene and his friends for the war-torn world they will soon have to face. When Finny breaks his leg for the second time, Dr. Stanpole thinks he can reset the bone without sending the boy to a real hospital, since it’s such a simple procedure. However, a small amount of Finny’s bone marrow leaks into his bloodstream and kills him, devastating Dr. Stanpole, who later tells Gene that Finny has died and that Gene will most likely have to get used this kind of devastating news, since his generation is headed into the war.
Dr. Stanpole Character Timeline in A Separate Peace
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Stanpole appears in A Separate Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...terrible, something that Finny is going to detest, but before he can say anything more, Dr. Stanpole enters and sends him out of the infirmary. The following day, Stanpole says that Finny... (full context)
...stairs. While Brinker makes sure that nobody moves Finny’s body, other boys run to get Dr. Stanpole and Mr. Latham, the wrestling coach who knows first aid. At one point, Brinker tells... (full context)
...empty dorm room. Instead, he sneaks into the infirmary and crouches beneath the window, hearing Dr. Stanpole and the nurse work on Finny. At one point, he thinks of how Mr. Latham... (full context)