The father of George and Rebecca, husband of Mrs. Gibbs, and head of the Gibbs household. He is a kind and loving husband and father, though he prevents Mrs. Gibbs from even considering traveling to Europe, because he does not want to become discontented with Grover’s Corners. We first see Dr. Gibbs in the beginning of the play as he returns from assisting with the birth of a pair of twins and last see him bringing flowers to his wife’s grave, connecting him to the cycles of life and death that the play explores.
Dr. Gibbs Quotes in Our Town
The Our Town quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Gibbs or refer to Dr. Gibbs. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Perennial edition of Our Town published in 2003.).
Act 1 Quotes
They’re all getting citified, that’s the trouble with them.
Related Characters: Dr. Gibbs (speaker)
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Dr. Gibbs Character Timeline in Our Town
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Gibbs appears in Our Town. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and post office (combined in one building), schools, grocery store, and drugstore. He points out Dr. Gibbs’ house and Mrs. Gibbs’ garden, as well as the house of Mr. Webb, the editor... (full context)
...her own home. Outside, Joe Crowell walks down Main Street, delivering newspapers. Joe speaks with Dr. Gibbs , who asks if there is anything important in the newspaper. Joe replies that his... (full context)
...Mrs. Webb continue to call for their children to come to breakfast. Mrs. Gibbs tells Dr. Gibbs that their son George has not been helping with chores around the house lately. Mrs.... (full context)
...her children not to eat too quickly, while Mrs. Gibbs tells George she’ll speak to Dr. Gibbs about possibly raising his allowance. The kids finish breakfast and rush off to school. Mrs.... (full context)
...Gibbs mentions that people in Grover’s Corners have begun to lock their doors at night. Dr. Gibbs says that those people are, unfortunately, “getting citified.” Upstairs, George and Rebecca are talking in... (full context)
...his cousin and Joe says she died in childbirth. The funeral procession arrives, including George, Dr. Gibbs , and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Mrs. Soames asks who died, and Mrs. Gibbs answers... (full context)