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Insignificant Gestures
Do you know how a little insignificant gesture can do a big change? In “Insignificant Gestures” Jo Cannon describes how insignificant gestures like drawing can make a total change of your life. The narrator in the story is a doctor who has lived and worked in Africa. In Africa he has a servant, Celia, who almost is his only human contact. Every evening the doctor and Celia draw together. One night Celia suddenly gets his patient. Celia falls ill and also gets attacked by her boyfriend. Celia is taken to a bigger hospital an hour and a half away. Later the narrator discovers that it is meningitis, but it was too late, Celia was dead. If he has seen that immediately he has been able to save her only with an injection of penicillin. After Celia’s death he returns to England and fells guilty about her dead. He also retrains to be a psychiatrist.
In this story the narrator is the doctor who also is the main character. The story is written in first person narrative. The most of the story is flash backs from the narrator’s life in Africa. He is a 28 years old man who seems very honest because he returns to the police after discovering that Celia dies of meningitis. He is an idealist but realizes that he has to employ Celia in order to sustain her and her family. He does not socialize with other people than Celia and therefore you can see that he is very close to himself. He works a lot both day and night but in his spare time he is drawing which means a lot to him.
Celia is a young woman about sixteen or eighteen years old. She is servant for the doctor but he says that he does not need a servant and he wants to fire Celia, until a colleague convinces him that she has to stay. Celia and her family have not a lot of money which is described in the text: “Celia slept on a mattress in a little room in the garden”. In the beginning Celia just is a…...

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