I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by

Maya Angelou

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Dr. Lincoln Character Analysis

Dr. Lincoln is the white dentist in Stamps, Arkansas. Though Momma once lent him money to establish his practice, he refuses to return the favor by pulling Marguerite’s teeth when she has very painful cavities. He says he would prefer to stick his hand in a dog’s mouth than provide dental care for a black person.

Dr. Lincoln Quotes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Lincoln or refer to Dr. Lincoln. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Books edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1993.
Chapter 24 Quotes

“Annie, my policy is I’d rather stick my hand in a dog’s mouth than in a nigger’s”

Related Characters: Dr. Lincoln (speaker), Maya Angelou, Momma (Annie Henderson)
Page Number: 189
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dr. Lincoln Character Timeline in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Lincoln appears in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24
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...the back of a dentist’s office and knocks on the back door, asking to see Dr. Lincoln. (full context)
Race, Inequality, and Identity Theme Icon
Dr. Lincoln emerges. Momma explains that Marguerite has two rotten teeth and needs them pulled by a... (full context)