Indian Camp

by

Ernest Hemingway

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Uncle George largely spends “Indian Camp” assisting Nick’s father in his operation. He’s an affable man who gets along with the Native American men and, like Nick, greatly admires Nick’s father, flattering him with compliments and calling him a “great man” after he successfully performs the operation. Uncle George lets his prejudice show during the operation when he calls the Indian woman a “squaw bitch” after she bites him.

Uncle George Quotes in Indian Camp

The Indian Camp quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle George or refer to Uncle George. 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 Indian Camp published in 1987.
Indian Camp Quotes

Inside on a wooden bunk lay a young Indian woman. She had been trying to have her baby for two days. All the old women in the camp had been helping her. The men had moved off up the road to sit in the dark and smoke out of range of the noise she made. She screamed just as Nick and the two Indians followed his father and Uncle George into the shanty.

Page Number: 67
Explanation and Analysis:

Later when he started to operate Uncle George and three Indian men held the woman still. She bit Uncle George on the arm and Uncle George said, “Damn squaw bitch!” and the young Indian who had rowed Uncle George over laughed at him.

Related Characters: Uncle George (speaker), The Indian Woman
Page Number: 68
Explanation and Analysis:

He was feeling exalted and talkative as football players are in the dressing room after a game.

“That’s one for the medical journal, George,” he said. “Doing a Caesarian with a jack-knife and sewing it up with nine-foot, tapered gut leaders.”

Uncle George was standing against the wall, looking at his arm.

“Oh, you’re a great man, all right,” he said.

Related Characters: Nick’s Father (speaker), Uncle George (speaker)
Page Number: 69
Explanation and Analysis:
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Uncle George Character Timeline in Indian Camp

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle George appears in Indian Camp. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Nick Adams, Nick’s father, and Uncle George arrive at the shore of a lake where “two Indians” are waiting with rowboats. Nick... (full context)
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When they’re on the other shore, Uncle George is sitting smoking a cigar, and gives one to each of the Indians as well.... (full context)
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Later, Nick’s father begins a Caesarian section to deliver the baby. Uncle George and three Native American men hold the Indian woman down. During the operation, the mother... (full context)
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...delivery. He informs the mother that he will be back with nurses in the morning. Uncle George proudly congratulates Nick’s father for performing a C-section with a jack knife and remarks that... (full context)
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...his throat with a razor and the bed is pooling with blood. Nick’s father asks Uncle George to take Nick out of the shanty, but it’s too late: Nick has already seen... (full context)