Unnamed Doctor 5

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"The doctor" - a phrase which suggests the town has only one doctor - appears three times in "Miss Zilphia Gant": twice to treat Zilphia, and once to treat her mother (372, 375, 380). On his first visit he tells Mrs. Gant that Zilphia "would have to have companionship, to play with children of her own age and out-of-doors" (372). (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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