The Adventures of Philip on His Way Through the World; Shewing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By Ch. 8–10 [4/20]
[William M Thackeray]
Race, Ethnology, Medical Practitioners, Status, Class, Mental Illness, Gender
The narrator, Arthur Pendennis, comments that the 'stingy black Prince' Grenville Woolcomb has 'a dark complexion, and hair so very black and curly, that I really almost think in some of the Southern States of America he would be likely to meet with rudeness in a railway car. But in England we know better. In England Grenville Woolcomb is a man and a brother' (389). However, Philip Firmin soon compares his facial characteristics with those of 'baboons' and 'chimpanzee[s]' (392). Also remarks that 'A young doctor's son, with a thousand a year for a fortune, may be considered a catch in some circles, but not, vous concevez, in the upper regions of society' (390). Describes Caroline Gann's grief for her dead child as 'insanity, and fever, and struggle—ah! who knows how dreadful?', although 'George Brand Firmin, Esq., M.D.' suggests that in 'such cases of mania [...] women [...] will often cherish them for years after they appear to have passed away' (401).
© Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Project, Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, 2005 - 2020
Printed from Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: An Electronic Index, v. 4.0, The Digital Humanities Institute <http://www.sciper.org> [accessed ]