Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions – 1865 – A Short Story
Doctor Marigold and Sophy
This was a Christmas short story published in All the Year Round.
Doctor Marigold is named as such for the doctor who was present at his birth.
He is an auctioneer of inexpensive goods, something of a cheapskate. He marries a bad-tempered woman and has a daughter. His wife abuses his daughter, and then both die, leaving Marigold sad and lonely.
He hears of a deaf-and-dumb girl who is unwanted by her stepfather, Mim, the owner of a travelling circus, He bargains for her and adopts her, calling her Sophy after his dead daughter.
He sends Sophy to be educated as she prepares for womanhood. He buys a bigger cart and stocks it with books for Sophy, including his own book Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions.
She returns two years later but is torn between Marigold and a deaf-and-dumb fellow student. Marigold consents to their marriage and they move off to China, where her husband has a position with a merchant house.
They return five year’s later and introduce Marigold to his granddaughter.
· Marigold, Willum
· Marigold, Doctor
· Marigold, Sophy