Heart of a Dog - Study Guide Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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However, within six days, Sharik not only appears to be recovering from the surgery, but he also shows signs of significant change. His bark takes on a new sound, he begins losing fur, and he grows longer. By January 6th, his tail drops off; soon after, he begins saying words: "cabby," "no room," and "evening paper."

Dr. Bormenthal feels like he's going mad as he watches Sharik's transformation from dog to human man. Philippovich is ill, so most of the observation and treatment is done by Bormenthal. There are many rumors in Moscow about what is going on with Philippovich. Reporters clamor to see, and the phone rings all day long.

On January 8th, Philippovich admits that his hypothesis was wrong, that the surgery doesn't produce rejuvenation but complete humanization. Sharik now looks like a short, poorly built man with a low slanting forehead. Bormenthal notes that...

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