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William Faulkner: Dr. Martino

In that gathering of summer dresses, of sucked old breaths and gabbling females staccato, the proprietress stood on the veranda with the second note in her hand.

Of the short stories of William Faulkner that I’ve read so far, “Dr. Martino” is probably the most difficult to understand. Reading it for the words and the tone and maybe even the atmosphere is the most I can recommend.

As with much of Faulkner’s writing, the narration jumps around. It’s all third person but just when I thought I would only get Hubert Jarrod’s point of view, it jumps to Louise King, the love interest of Hubert Jarrod, and Louise’s mother. Louise also has a relationship or friendship with Dr. Martino who for the story’s entirety only appears sitting on a bench. But he apparently has an influence on Louise that her mother doesn’t like.

Anyone with any other insight into this story? Feel free to comment.

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