Damaged Goods, The Great Play "Les Avaries" of Eugene Brieux Novelized
she said, faintly, "I don't know." "You didn't ask?" "I asked. But it was not to our own doctor that I went." "Ah!" whispered George. For nearly a minute neither one of them spoke. "Why?" he inquired at last. "Because--he--the nurse's doctor--had frightened me so--" "Truly?" "Yes. It is a disease--" again she stopped. George cried, in a voice of agony, "and then?" "Then I asked him if the matter was so grave that I could not be satisfied with our ordinary doctor." "And what did he answer?" "He said that if we had the means it would really be better to consult a specialist." George looked at his mother again. He was able to do it, because she was not looking at him. He clenched his hands and got himself together. "And--where did he send you?" His mother fumbled in her hand bag and drew out a visiting card. "Here," she said. And George looked at the card. It was all he could do to keep himself from tottering. It was the card of the doctor whom he had first consulted about his trouble! The specialist in venereal diseases!