By Sinclair Lewis
The Pulitzer Prize successful "Arrowsmith" (an award Lewis refused to just accept) recounts the tale of a physician who's pressured to renounce his alternate for purposes starting from public lack of information to the publicity-mindedness of an exceptional starting place, and turns into an remoted seeker of medical fact. creation by way of E.L.
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CHAPTER XXXIX Summary Clif Clawson, Martin's college roommate, reappears in the story after an absence of many years. Clif is as boisterous as in the days of Digamma Pi. At forty, he is not only a boor but a swindler. In spite of his bad manners and worse morals, he persuades Martin to invite him to the Arrowsmith home to meet Joyce. Martin reluctantly does so, and Joyce arranges a dinner for only the three of them. Martin tries to explain Clif to her, but that is impossible. She is shocked and bored with his company, excusing herself early.
His wife has been dead ten years. A guest in the home is Joyce Lanyon, widow of the wealthy Roger Lanyon, of New York. She has come to the Indies to see her plantations and has been trapped by the plague. So striking is her physical resemblance to Martin that he feels she must be his sister, his twin. She offers to help him with nursing or cooking, and he accepts her offer, all the time intending to send for Leora as soon as possible. Commentary Martin's success as a scientist is saddened by the death of Sondelius, an event foreshadowed by his refusal to be inoculated with the phage until the natives have been served.
Sondelius was a favorite of Lewis himself. TERRY WICKETT In the last third of Arrowsmith, Terry Wickett is introduced as an annoying but excellent chemist under Gottlieb in McGurk Institute. "Red-headed, rough-faced, and wiry," he jars Martin Arrowsmith in the beginning with his "rude and slangy" talk, his dissatisfaction with superiors and with the way the Institute is run, and his critical attitude toward Martin himself. Later, Gottlieb, Wickett, and Dr. Nicholas Yeo form a faction with which Martin becomes allied.
Arrowsmith (Cliffs Notes) by Sinclair Lewis