Blood Meridian


Cormac McCarthy

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Doc Irving Character Analysis

A member of Glanton’s gang and presumably a medical doctor at one time, Irving refuses to help David Brown when he takes an arrow to the thigh, knowing that if he doesn’t get the arrow out cleanly Brown will kill him. He also claims, in disagreement with the Judge, that might doesn’t make right.
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Doc Irving Character Timeline in Blood Meridian

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Chapter 12
Witness and Mercy Theme Icon
...arrow to the thigh during the massacre and asks for help, but none, not even Doc Irving , will help him—none save the kid. The kid succeeds in removing the arrow’s point... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Davy Brown studies Judge Holden and dismisses him as crazy. Another gang member, Doc Irving , says that might doesn’t make right. The Judge responds that the weak invented morality... (full context)