Helpful Wants to help Merrick live a batter life by fulfilling his requests, like bringing him to the theatre and to the countryside. Kind-heart He speaks to Merrick and offers emotional support when he needs it, like meeting Merrick everyday so that he will have someone to talk to. It does not matter if you know the person or not, and a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Simon Silcock An Opportunist Takes advantage of Merrick and uses him as a business opportunity, like bringing him around for to be laughed at with a small charge.
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I am a doctor at the London Hospital. One day in , I saw a picture in the window of a shop near the hospital. I stopped in front of the shop and looked at the picture.
At first I felt interested, then I felt angry, then afraid. It was a horrible, ugly picture. He did not look like a man. He looked like an elephant. I read the writing under the picture. Two pence. I opened the door and went in. There was a man in the shop. He was a dirty man in an old coat with a cigarette in his mouth. The man looked at me angrily. You can come back tomorrow.
I have no time tomorrow — I have a lot of work to do. But I can give you more than two pence. Then he took the cigarette out of his mouth and smiled with his yellow teeth. We went into a little room. The room was cold and dark, and there was a horrible smell in it. A creature sat on a chair behind a table. I say a creature, because it was not a man or a woman, like you or me. The creature did not move or look at us. The creature had a cloth over its head, because of the cold.
On the table in front of it, there was a dead flower. The creature stood up slowly. It took the old cloth off its head, and put it on the chair. It sat very quietly on the chair in the cold, dark, dirty room. I looked at the creature and felt sad. I am a doctor, so I know a lot about accidents and ill people. I see horrible, ugly things every day. But this creature, this thing, was the worst of all.
There were no men or women in the hospital like him. He wore some old trousers, but no shirt, coat, or shoes, so I could see his body very well. His head was the most interesting thing.
It was very, very big — like an enormous bag with a lot of books in it. The head did not have much hair, and there was another bag of brown, dirty skin at the back of it. This skin came down below his neck. I could not see one of his eyes very well, because a lot of skin came down in front of his face, too. An enormous red tooth came out of his mouth, under his nose. The mouth and nose were like holes in the face. The face could not smile or laugh or look angry or sad, because the skin could not move.
These bags came down to his legs. The right arm was enormous, and there were bags of skin on it, too. The left arm had wonderful skin, and the fingers of the left hand were long and beautiful. Slowly, the creature walked across the room. But he could not walk well. His legs were very big and fat, and he had a bad back. He could not walk far without a stick. The shopkeeper smiled at me with his yellow teeth.
Hundreds of people come to see him, you know, hundreds! I take him all over the country, I do! Then I looked at the things in the dirty shop. There were two or three bad apples and some old black bananas: that was all. The best Elephant Man in England!
I take him all over the country, you know. Lots of people want to see him. Do you get a lot of money? We usually move every week. Simon Silcock. My name is Dr Treves. I want to look at him more carefully, you see. But how can he get to the hospital? I know. He needs help. Do you want more money? Is that it? Then the police get angry because people are afraid. Sometimes they take us to prison.
There were not very many people in the road, because it was early in the morning. I waited five minutes. A postman walked past. Then the door of the shop opened, and the creature, Merrick, came out. I could not see his face or his body. He had an enormous black hat on his head, like a big box. A grey cloth came down from the hat, in front of his face. There was a hole in the cloth in front of his eyes.
He could see out of the hole but I could not see in. He wore a long black coat, too. On his feet he wore big shoes, like old bags. He had a stick in his left hand, and he walked very slowly. I opened the door of the cab, and got out. Then he hit the cab with his stick. There were three steps up into the cab, and he could not get up them. My right hand was behind his back. I felt very strange. I could feel the bags of old skin on his back under the coat. He put one enormous foot on the first step, and then he stopped.
After a minute, he moved his second foot slowly. Then he stopped and waited again. Can I help you? It was the postman. And behind him, I could see three young boys. One of the boys laughed. The postman smiled. I thought quickly. But this is a lady, not a gentleman. Take her hand, so I can help her better. Slowly, very slowly, Merrick went up the steps and into the cab. One boy was very near the cab.
“The Elephant Man” by Tim Vicary
Аудиокнига :: Tim Vicary. The Elephant Man.