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MonkeyNotes-Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
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Another main character of the story Dr. Will Kennicott is introduced in this chapter. He is older than Carol. But he is from Gopher Prairie and he declares to Carol that she is the one who could transform it. Carol's dream all along was to belong to a prairie village. So Dr. Kennicott must be godsend. The doctor is obviously in love with her. He talks to Carol about suffrage and other topics that are interesting and significant to her. Carol finds him very friendly. Obviously Kennicott knows how to handle Carol, for he seems to succeed where the other admirers of Carol failed. Carol confesses to him that she is bored with her work. Like many of the Gopher Prairie people, as Carol would discover later, Kennicott considers his town to be the best and proudly informs her that the famous auto manufacturer Bresnahan was born and brought up in Gopher Prairie.


The focus in this chapter is on the courtship of Dr.Will Kennicott. He has to woo her by taking her for long walks. He does not have to promise her the sky but has to implore her honestly to make his town more artistic. He has to show her snapshots of Gopher Prairie to allure her. He shows her a photo of a woman whom he operated upon on her kitchen table with his driver giving the anesthetic. He is convinced that his patients need her sensitive hands to help them. The photos move Carol. But the courtship has its mundane side too. Kennicott is a well to do young man who finds the girl attractive. And Carol is a woman disillusioned with her work and with fears that life is slipping past. Perhaps this is reason enough for them to fall in love. But Dr. Kennicott has to use all unconventional methods, consisting mainly conversations, to win Carol's love and wait for a whole year to marry her.

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