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Dr. Gibbs in Our Town

By Thornton Wilder

Dr. Gibbs

Doc Gibbs is a father, a husband, and the town doctor. This, if nothing else, speaks to the size of Grover’s Corners: only one doctor is needed. It’s clear, however, that Doc Gibbs is one rather overworked doctor. Mrs. Gibbs constantly asks him to rest, but he persists in working at all hours. After his death in 1930, the local hospital is named in his honor. Underlying his devotion to local affairs is his opposition to travel: he’s against the idea of accompanying his wife to Europe for fear that he will grow discontented with Grover’s Corners.