Readersare supposed to view the doctor’s actions as justifiable since heis only doing what is necessary to helpout his patient, Matilda.The girl could have a potentiallydeadly disease and theonly way to help her is to analyze the problem and decide the nextcourse of action. Although he tries as much as possible, the doctorwas unable to keep his emotions from his professional duties. Hestarted out by being sympathetic but had to be more forceful sinceMatildawas resisting a throat swab to examine her tonsils. Therefore, thereaders should not disapprove his behavior since he clearly explainsthe necessity of his actions and the consequences if he fails.
Thedoctor admires Matilda’s spirit because she does not yield to herparent’s pleas, which makes her fiercely independent. Matilda’sresistance is also in contrast to her parents who are distrustful ofthe doctor while being too nice to their daughter. The girl is a goodantidote to her parents who the doctor finds contemptible. Matildais trying to deny death since the condition that she might besuffering from has caused the death of several children in the area.However, the parents are suspicions that Matildamay be suffering from diphtheria and are prepared for the possibilityof death.
Williamexplains how the parents behaved towards him stating that they lookednervous and eyed him distrustfully. For example, he gives thephysical description of the mother as well as her mannerisms.Williams also gives the reader a picture of the girl’s physicalattractiveness. He portrays the lack of emotion Matildadisplayed when she met with the doctor. Lastly, the story is mostvivid towards the end when the Doctor is finally able to open thegirl’s mouth and observe her tonsils. Hence, the author uses thestory to convey the necessity of force in a delicate situation suchas essential medical examinations