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The Surgeon's Daughter by Sir Walter Scott, Fiction, Historical, Literary, Classics

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Much of the character and particulars of Mr. Gideon Gray -- a principal in the story -- were, according to Scott's biographer, Lockhart, "considered at the time by Sir Walter's neighbors in Tweedside as copied from Dr. Ebenezer Clarkson of Selkirk . . . A true picture -- a portrait from the life, of Scott's hard-riding, benevolent, and sagacious old friend, to all the coun Much of the character and particulars of Mr. Gideon Gray -- a principal in the story -- were, according to Scott's biographer, Lockhart, "considered at the time by Sir Walter's neighbors in Tweedside as copied from Dr. Ebenezer Clarkson of Selkirk . . . A true picture -- a portrait from the life, of Scott's hard-riding, benevolent, and sagacious old friend, to all the country dear."


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Much of the character and particulars of Mr. Gideon Gray -- a principal in the story -- were, according to Scott's biographer, Lockhart, "considered at the time by Sir Walter's neighbors in Tweedside as copied from Dr. Ebenezer Clarkson of Selkirk . . . A true picture -- a portrait from the life, of Scott's hard-riding, benevolent, and sagacious old friend, to all the coun Much of the character and particulars of Mr. Gideon Gray -- a principal in the story -- were, according to Scott's biographer, Lockhart, "considered at the time by Sir Walter's neighbors in Tweedside as copied from Dr. Ebenezer Clarkson of Selkirk . . . A true picture -- a portrait from the life, of Scott's hard-riding, benevolent, and sagacious old friend, to all the country dear."

30 review for The Surgeon's Daughter by Sir Walter Scott, Fiction, Historical, Literary, Classics

  1. 4 out of 5

    John

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Surgeon's Daughter' is set in the 1770s. It tells the story of Menie Gray, daughter of Dr Gideon Gray. Menie falls in love with Richard Middlemas, he was left by his mother and father in the village and brought up in the surgeon's household. However, Richard is a bad egg. His nurse fills his head with tall tales and he is a greedy, selfish and egotistical man. The good doctor trains him and Adam Hartley as doctors. Adam also loves Menie but it is not returned. Richard leaves Scotland after f The Surgeon's Daughter' is set in the 1770s. It tells the story of Menie Gray, daughter of Dr Gideon Gray. Menie falls in love with Richard Middlemas, he was left by his mother and father in the village and brought up in the surgeon's household. However, Richard is a bad egg. His nurse fills his head with tall tales and he is a greedy, selfish and egotistical man. The good doctor trains him and Adam Hartley as doctors. Adam also loves Menie but it is not returned. Richard leaves Scotland after first being robbed of all his money but thanks to Hartley is able to go to India. Not before he meets her s parents and causes his mothers death. In India, he kills his commanding officer in a duel and has to escape. He becomes the lover of Adela Montreville and they both who plot to lure Menie to India and give the Vice-Regent of Bangalore, Prince Tippoo Saib who after seeing a picture of her becomes infatuated. Menie has to go as her father has died and left her in poverty. Adam is the hero of the story and through his auspices gets the help of Hyder Ali, Tippoo Saib's father. He also punishes Richard with an elephant. Guess who comes out best. Menie returns to Scotland but there is no happy ending for Adam as Menie Gray is traumatized by her experiences in India. Unusual for Scott to write about India but he heard a story about a surgeons daughter going to India. However, her story ended better with her rescuer marrying her. An enjoyable read and my 100th book of the year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Even

    Originally the third story of the first book of the Chronicles of Canongate, The Surgeon's Daughter is often published as a stand alone book. I would say with good reason. The first two stories (The Highland Widow and The Two Drovers) were mediocre efforts by Scott, but the Surgeon's Daughter is one of his best. By now I look for some novelty when reading Scott, and this story supplies it in droves. A foray to India goes even farther afield then The Tailsman's setting in the Crusades of the Middl Originally the third story of the first book of the Chronicles of Canongate, The Surgeon's Daughter is often published as a stand alone book. I would say with good reason. The first two stories (The Highland Widow and The Two Drovers) were mediocre efforts by Scott, but the Surgeon's Daughter is one of his best. By now I look for some novelty when reading Scott, and this story supplies it in droves. A foray to India goes even farther afield then The Tailsman's setting in the Crusades of the Middle East. Most importantly though, the main character is not only flawed, but is most decidedly a villian (who gets a properly delicious villian end). The story, like the other Canongate tales ends on a decidedly down note. Unlike the other two tales though, Scott manages a dramatic tension as he develops the story that really keep the pages turning.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    Not one of writer's Waverley novels this time, instead a novella from his Chronicles of the Canongate trilogy, which were written near the end of his career, embellished anecdotes with the romance elements significantly toned down. That last point works in the stories favour. Though two young men vie for the affections of the eponymous surgeon's daughter, Menie Gray, and she in turns loves one of them (the wrong one, as it happens) the themes here are ambition and avarice rather then romance, res Not one of writer's Waverley novels this time, instead a novella from his Chronicles of the Canongate trilogy, which were written near the end of his career, embellished anecdotes with the romance elements significantly toned down. That last point works in the stories favour. Though two young men vie for the affections of the eponymous surgeon's daughter, Menie Gray, and she in turns loves one of them (the wrong one, as it happens) the themes here are ambition and avarice rather then romance, resulting a suitably gruesome ending for a tale that takes us to mid-18th century India. As usual with Scott, even the bad guy, Richard Middlemas, isn't really all bad, especially as he was abandoned by his parents at birth. Other than his grisly comeuppance by far the most notable moment is when someone dies after playing the harpsichord. Careful next time you tinkle those ivories!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steve R

    The sad story of Minie, the daughter of Gideon Gray, a surgeon in the town of Fife. She is loved by both Richard, whose parents had left him with Gray when he was a baby , and Hartley, another pupil of Dr. Gray. The eventual travels to India, and the death of one of the principals at the hand (or, more precisely, the trunk and feet0 of an elephant, are, in typical Scott fashion, told with an adroit sense of making the complex and bizarre seem relatively commonplace and understandable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Mcdowall

    From the opening sequence, a horse ride home by the surgeon of the title, Scott takes us straight into his story which contains some Dickensian surprises and later on an exotic Empire location. Scott's childhood lameness might go some way to explaining the liberating horse riding sequences which in turn might explain his popularity in America. This is a Western set in a Scottish climate and I really recommend it. From the opening sequence, a horse ride home by the surgeon of the title, Scott takes us straight into his story which contains some Dickensian surprises and later on an exotic Empire location. Scott's childhood lameness might go some way to explaining the liberating horse riding sequences which in turn might explain his popularity in America. This is a Western set in a Scottish climate and I really recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amrita

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    Hannah

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    Pavel Pavlov

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    Tim

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allen Martens

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sydney_jane

  12. 5 out of 5

    Me

  13. 4 out of 5

    kasia

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

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    Alberto

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  22. 5 out of 5

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    Christine Marincowitz

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    George

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kent Lyman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Kearney

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