A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by

Betty Smith

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The elderly midwife who delivers Francie. She is an Irish immigrant and highly superstitious. She accuses a local woman of drying up Katie’s milk when Katie is unable to nurse Francie. After Katie finds out that she is pregnant again, Mrs. Gindler offers Katie a potion to induce a miscarriage.
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Mrs. Gindler Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Gindler appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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Katie is screaming in pain when Johnny and Mrs. Gindler , the midwife, finally arrive. The apartment is filled with women from the neighborhood who... (full context)
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Aunt Evy comes over soon after Mrs. Gindler leaves. She brings along some sweet butter and a package of soda crackers and makes... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...is. This is complicated by her inability to nurse her daughter. Katie believes it when Mrs. Gindler tells her that an old woman named Nelly Grogan put a curse on her to... (full context)
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...and gets drunk in response to the news, feeling too defeated to do anything else. Mrs. Gindler comes around later to see how the charm worked. Katie tells her that she is... (full context)