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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Perennial edition of Our Town published in 2003.
They’re all getting citified, that’s the trouble with them.
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...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...
The morning is just beginning, and Dr. Gibbs is returning to his house after helping a mother in the Polish neighborhood of town...
...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 schoolteacher...
...enters (with an invisible horse and cart), delivering milk to various houses. He talks to Dr. Gibbs and then delivers some milk to Mrs. Gibbs. Mrs. Gibbs calls for her kids to...
...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....
...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....
...old dresser. She says that she would think about selling it if she knew that Dr. Gibbs would spend the money on a real vacation. She tells Mrs. Webb that she’s always...
Dr. Gibbs, however, has said that he doesn’t want to travel in Europe, because “it might make...
...and will use the same music they did for the last wedding they sang at. Dr. Gibbs calls George downstairs and asks him what he wants to do once he graduates from...
Dr. Gibbs asks if George will be willing to do all the chores and work around the...
Dr. Gibbs is upset that Mrs. Gibbs is arriving home so late (though she tells him it...
...about her husband and wants him to make plans to take a break from work. Dr. Gibbs refuses to talk about this and goes inside.
...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...
...and tells Mrs. Webb that George and Emily will be very happy together, then leaves. Dr. Gibbs comes down to breakfast in his house and Mrs. Gibbs tells him that she is...
Dr. Gibbs recalls Mrs. Gibbs’ and his wedding, saying that he was scared and nervous. Mrs. Gibbs...
...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 that...
...living people as “shut up in little boxes.” The funeral ends and the mourners disperse. Dr. Gibbs brings some flowers to his wife’s grave, then leaves.
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Fredericksen, Erik. "Our Town Characters: Dr. Gibbs." LitCharts LLC, November 25, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2017. http://www.litcharts.com/lit/our-town/characters/dr-gibbs.