Grace’s attending doctor during her stay at the Toronto asylum. Dr. Bannerling sexually abused Grace, yet maintains the hypocritical position that neuro-hypnotism (as practiced by Dr. Jerome DuPont) is immoral because it leaves young women vulnerable to sexual advances by sham doctors. Dr. Bannerling is misogynistic and describes Grace as a temptress and a liar.
Dr. Samuel Bannerling Character Timeline in Alias Grace
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Samuel Bannerling appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...superintendent of the asylum in Toronto. Dr. Workman tells Simon that he should contact a Dr. Samuel Bannerling for information about Grace Marks. Dr. Workman was appointed to his post at the asylum... (full context)
...and says, “You are just like them at the Asylum, and the prison chaplains, and Dr. Bannerling and his filthy ideas!” Simon backs off, and instead asks Grace to explain what happened... (full context)