Unnamed Doctor 2

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The first of the two unnamed doctors who appear in Sanctuary is the Jefferson physician who attends Ruby's child; after her child has a bad night in the hotel, Ruby tells Horace that "I finally got the doctor" (135). The doctor who appears in all three previous Yoknapatawpha novels is named Peabody, described as the fattest man in Yoknapatawpha County, but this doctor is someone else, "a young man with a small black bag" whom Horace obviously has never seen before (135). (In the various fictions there are three named Jefferson doctors who appear more than once - Habersham in the early life of the town; Peabody and Alford in the 20th century - but there are also over a dozen doctors who are never named. It's possible that Faulkner might have imagined one or more of them as Alford, or that he might have had the same different doctor in mind for more than one of the unnamed ones, but since the texts provide no evidence of that, we have created separate entries for all the local doctors without names.)

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