Sredni Vashtar



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Doctor Character Analysis

The doctor is a minor character who pronounces that Conradin won’t live another five years, but because he is presented as “silky and effete,” his opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. Like Mrs. De Ropp (who trusts him), the doctor is a member of the respectable upper class, but he doesn’t seem to have done anything particularly impressive with his life. His main function in the story is to help Mrs. De Ropp justify the paternalistic, overbearing way she treats Conradin.

Doctor Quotes in Sredni Vashtar

The Sredni Vashtar quotes below are all either spoken by Doctor or refer to 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 Cambridge University Press edition of Sredni Vashtar published in 2018.
Sredni Vashtar Quotes

Conradin was ten years old, and the doctor had pronounced his professional opinion that the boy would not live another five years.

Related Characters: Conradin, Doctor
Page Number: 93
Explanation and Analysis:
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Doctor Character Timeline in Sredni Vashtar

The timeline below shows where the character Doctor appears in Sredni Vashtar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Conradin, a ten-year-old boy, is pronounced sickly by the local doctor, who says he won’t live another five years. Mrs. De Ropp, Conradin’s older cousin and... (full context)
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...and superior wisdom,” until one day there will be nothing left of him and the doctor who believed Conradin wouldn’t live another five years would be proved right. (full context)