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Referring to the text of "Indian Camp," discuss the meaning of Nick's father's comment "her screams are not important. I don't hear them because they are not important." To what extent does the doctor's attitude contribute to the tragedy that occurs (the husband's suicide).

Discuss how Nick's father's behavior after the operation on the pregnant woman is inappropriate and comment upon what his behavior reveals about his character.

In "The Doctor and the Doctor's wife" Nick's father reports his version of the dispute with Dick Boulton to Nick's mother, who asserts that she really doesn't think that any one would really do a thing like that intentionally. Analyze the conversation between Boulton and the Doctor and give examples to illustrate whether or not Boulton was acting deliberately, and suggest reasons why Nick's mother would choose to contradict the doctor's version of the events.

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