Mr. Underwood in Charlotte Yonge's "The Pillars of the House" has
consumption, and dies a pious death early in the book, but not
before giving his wife 13 children in 16 years, which evidently
doesn't do very much for *her* physical or mental health.
The father in Mary Mapes Dodge's "Hans Brinker, or the Silver
Skates" has brain damage from an accident at work, and is
miraculously cured by an operation after 10 years.
There are a number of recent books where a father is ill. In
Jean Little's "Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mocking Bird", the father
has cancer and dies during the book. In Linda Newbery's "Ice
Cat", the father has an unspecified chronic illness. In Helene
Pielichaty's "Jade's Story", the father has depression.
A bit earlier, Noel Streatfield's "The Painted Garden" and
"Caldicott Place" both feature fathers who are ill as a result
of what would now probably be called post-traumatic stress
There are also some books where a father's more acute illness
is used as a plot device; e.g. Noel Streatfield's "The
Growing Summer", where the children stay with Aunt Dymphna
because their mother has to go to be with their sick
In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Tom & Tash <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> As soon as I posted, I thought of Dr Carr - was he sick or just old? - and
> Emily of New Moon's father has consumption before shuffling off.
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