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'Doc.' Gordon   By: (1852-1930)

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In Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman's novel, readers are transported to the picturesque town of Dunport, where we encounter a cast of intriguing characters and explore themes of identity and societal expectations. Set in late 19th-century New England, "Doc." Gordon offers a compelling narrative that balances the constraints of its time with a refreshing depiction of female independence and ambition.

The story revolves around the enigmatic figure of Dr. Joanna "Doc." Gordon, a dedicated and highly skilled medical professional. Despite facing prejudice and skepticism from many in her community due to her gender, Doc. Gordon is determined to make a mark in the field of medicine. Freeman's portrayal of her protagonist is nuanced and multi-layered, seamlessly blending vulnerability with strength and determination.

In a world where women were often relegated to traditional roles, Doc. Gordon challenges societal norms and expectations. She is unapologetically herself, refusing to let others define her worth or limit her potential. Freeman's exploration of gender roles and the struggle for self-acceptance resonates with readers, making Doc. Gordon a relatable and inspiring protagonist.

Freeman's exquisite prose adds to the depth and richness of the tale. Her vivid descriptions transport readers to the New England landscape, enveloping them in its charm and capturing the essence of the era. While some may find the prose a bit flowery at times, it adds to the overall atmosphere and immerses readers fully in the story.

Supporting characters also play a significant role in the narrative, each bringing their own set of challenges and perspectives. From the enigmatic Dr. Leslie, whose relationship with Doc. Gordon is complex and layered, to the gossiping townspeople whose skepticism mirrors the harsh reality of the time, Freeman crafts a cast of characters that adds depth and authenticity to the story.

One aspect of the novel that may be a drawback for some readers is the slower pacing, particularly in the first half. While the story picks up momentum in the latter half, those seeking a fast-paced plot may find themselves longing for more action. However, the slower pace allows for a deeper exploration of characters and themes, making it a worthwhile trade-off.

Overall, "Doc." Gordon captivates readers with its memorable characters, powerful themes, and richly detailed setting. Freeman's skillful storytelling weaves together threads of history, feminism, and the pursuit of individual purpose. By challenging societal norms and embracing the essence of female empowerment, Doc. Gordon is a thought-provoking and inspiring read that lingers in the mind long after turning the last page.

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[Illustration: Doctor Gordon had not even taken off his overcoat, which was white with snow. Page 104.]

"Doc." Gordon

By

MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN

Author of

" The Debtor," "A Humble Romance," "The Heart's Highway," "Pembroke," Etc.

Illustrated in Water Colors by FRANK T. MERRILL

Copyright, 1906, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

H.L. MOORE SPECIAL EDITION, For Sale exclusively by us in Rahway, N.J.

NEW YORK AND LONDON THE AUTHORS AND NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION 1906

COPYRIGHT, 1906, BY MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN.

Entered at Stationers' Hall. All rights reserved .

Composition and Electrotyping by J.J. Little & Co. Printed and bound by Manhattan Press, New York.

[Illustration: (FACSIMILE PAGE OF MANUSCRIPT FROM DOC. GORDON)]

"DOC." GORDON

CHAPTER I

It was very early in the morning, it was scarcely dawn, when the young man started upon a walk of twenty five miles to reach Alton, where he was to be assistant to the one physician in the place, Doctor Thomas Gordon, or as he was familiarly called, "Doc." Gordon. The young man's name was James Elliot. He had just graduated, and this was to be his first experience in the practice of his profession of medicine. He was in his twenties. He was small, but from the springiness of his gait and the erectness of his head he gave an impression of height... Continue reading book >>




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