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
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“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)
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...the back of a dentist’s office and knocks on the back door, asking to see Dr. Lincoln.(full context)
Dr. Lincoln emerges. Momma explains that Marguerite has two rotten teeth and needs them pulled by a...
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