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Ferris, Jim / Facts of life
(2005)

The doctor,   p. 10


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The Doctor 
English is not his native language. 
He says he is a doctor, and they let him practice 
on us. He is not like the others with his starched 
white coat buttoned all the way up, his trimmed mustache, 
his dainty feet. He is gentle in his foreign way. 
He speaks softly, and I give him my leg to break. 
It hurts, of course, but it's for my own good- 
in Europe they do this all the time. When he cuts 
a cast off he runs the saw up and down his arm first- 
See? It vibrates; it will not hurt you. He breaks 
my other leg. It hurts, of course, but you should see 
him with a mask on and a scalpel in one hand- 
quel magnifique. Bones are, after all, only bones. 
I balk at the second arm, but he is the doctor, 
and of course he knows best. I am encased in plaster 
by the time they take him away. I'm glad 
he was so gracious. 
IO 


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