In Another Country


Ernest Hemingway

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The doctor oversees the officers’ treatment in the machines at the hospital. The doctor is always optimistic about the machines’ ability to heal the soldiers’ physical wounds. He brings in photographs of the machines’ alleged previous successes, although the narrator notes he always thought he and his comrades were meant to be the first test subjects. Later, it is the doctor who tells the narrator the details about the death of the major’s wife. After her death, the doctor frames the photographs next to the major’s machine, but the major doesn’t look at them at all. The doctor’s optimism borders on naivete, and suggests the medical community is not adequately prepared to deal with soldiers’ psychological trauma.

The Doctor Quotes in In Another Country

The In Another Country quotes below are all either spoken by The Doctor or refer to The Doctor. 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 Scribner edition of In Another Country published in 1987.
In Another Country Quotes

When he came back, there were large framed photographs around the wall, of all sorts of wounds before and after they had been cured by the machines. In front of the machine the major used were three photographs of hands like his that were completely restored. I do not know where the doctor got them. I always understood we were the first to use the machines. The photographs did not make much difference to the major because he only looked out of the window.

Related Characters: The Narrator, The Major, The Doctor
Related Symbols: Machines, Photographs
Page Number: 210
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Doctor Character Timeline in In Another Country

The timeline below shows where the character The Doctor appears in In Another Country. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The doctor comes up to the narrator’s machine. He asks him what he did before the war,... (full context)
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...he will play football again too. He had been Italy’s greatest fencer before the war. The doctor retrieves a photograph from his office. It shows a withered hand, like the major’s own,... (full context)
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Loss, War, and Trauma Theme Icon
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...storms out of the room into the massage treatment room. The narrator hears him ask the doctor if he can use the telephone. Later, the major returns to the narrator, who is... (full context)
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Loss, War, and Trauma Theme Icon
The doctor explains to the narrator that the major’s wife was very young, and he had delayed... (full context)