Villette - Study Guide Chapter 11, The Portresse's Cabinet Summary & Analysis

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During the hot summer, Georgette, the youngest of Madame Beck's children, comes down with a fever. Madame sends Dysirye and Fifine off to the country, and Dr. John is in regular attendance on Georgette. Soon, several of the students complain of headaches, and Dr. John comes to treat them. Lucy is surprised that Madame Beck would allow a young stranger to attend to her students, and soon Madame Beck receives letters from upset parents. Madame Beck merely laughs off any alarm and tells the parents that since Dr. John has taken such good care of her own children, of course she wants him for her students. The parents are satisfied with this explanation, and Madame Beck's reputation is better than ever.

One day, Georgette is very ill, and Lucy is anxiously awaiting the doctor's visit. She hears him arrive, but he...

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