Villette - Study Guide Chapter 10, Dr. John Summary & Analysis

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Madame Beck shows little affection for her children. While she cares for them and looks toward their interest and future, she seems to have no inclination to cuddle them. Dysirye, the eldest, is a terror of a child. She constantly sneaks into other people's belonging and steals or ruins things. Madame Beck's response is that the girl needs closer surveillance. She never tells her daughter that she is doing wrong, and instead she simply takes back her belongings. One day Fifine, the middle child, falls down a flight of stairs and breaks her arm. Madame Beck calmly scoops her up and leaves her in the care of Lucy and the servants, while she leaves to find the surgeon.

The surgeon is not at home, but Madame Beck returns with a young doctor to attend Fifine. Fifine is in pain from the broken arm...

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