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Dr. Crane in The Waves

Dr. Crane

Dr. Crane is the headmaster of the boarding school that Louis, Neville, Bernard, and Percival attend. He is a consummate figure of authority and Louis loves him. But Neville calls Crane a "brute" who "menaces [his] liberty" (2b.11). Bernard, too, seems to dislike him, noting, "His rough and hairy voice is like an unshaven chin" (2b.11). Finally, Bernard says that Crane walks like a drunken sailor. Yowch.