The Stepford Wives

by

Ira Levin

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Dr. Margaret Fancher Character Analysis

Dr. Margaret Fancher is a therapist Joanna sees after insisting to Walter that they need to move because of the nefarious things happening in Stepford. Walter forces her to see a therapist to make sure she isn’t being “hysterical,” and though Joanna is hesitant, she ends up going to Dr. Fancher because she’s a woman who doesn’t live in Stepford. Although Dr. Fancher is sympathetic and doesn’t necessarily think Joanna is crazy, she thinks her strong desire to move is simply due to the fact that she feels torn between “old conventions” and “the new conventions of the liberated woman”—that is, she thinks Joanna is simply bored by her new domestic lifestyle. In the end, she prescribes Joanna tranquilizers and advises her not to make any drastic life decisions before coming back for a few more sessions.

Dr. Margaret Fancher Quotes in The Stepford Wives

The The Stepford Wives quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Margaret Fancher or refer to Dr. Margaret Fancher. 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

“I’ve begun to suspect—” Joanna said. “Oh Jesus, ‘suspect’; that sounds so—” She worked her hands together, looking at them.

Dr. Fancher said, “Begun to suspect what?”

She drew her hands apart and wiped them on her skirt. “I’ve begun to suspect that the men are behind it,” she said.

Page Number: 92
Explanation and Analysis:

“It sounds,” Dr. Fancher said, “like the idea of a woman who like many women today, and with good reason, feels a deep resentment and suspicion of men. One who’s pulled two ways by conflicting demands, perhaps more strongly than she’s aware; the old conventions on the one hand, and the new conventions of the liberated woman on the other.”

Related Characters: Dr. Margaret Fancher (speaker), Joanna Eberhart
Page Number: 94
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Dr. Margaret Fancher Character Timeline in The Stepford Wives

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Margaret Fancher appears in The Stepford Wives. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Joanna books an appointment with Dr. Margaret Fancher , whose practice is several towns over. She leaves her children at Bobbie’s house when... (full context)
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Dr. Margaret Fancher is a kind, sympathetic woman who listens patiently to everything Joanna has to say. She... (full context)
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...She feels slightly embarrassed for descending into “madness,” and she plans to follow up with Dr. Margaret Fancher when all of this is over. She feels guilty for distrusting Walter, too. (full context)