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One of the characters who we meet in the first chapter of the novel is Dr Iannis He stands out from the other people mentioned in it and strikes as being an interesting person Some of the devices used to illustrate this character are connected with him use of language and the narrative method omniscient narrator mixed with doctors own speech By these a lot of things are suggested told and implied about the character such as his level of education the way of thinking the importance of his islands past for him First of all we find out about Iannis being a doctor He is intellectual well qualified for his job seems to be a good specialist We see this from the medical terminology that he or the omniscient narrator uses aural orifice exorbitant auditory impediment and supererogatory occlusion Dr Iannis also chooses formal and detached language rather than a more conversational vocabulary importunate and unduly obdurate and recalcitrant kudos mollify Thus he wants to appear educated and to be respected because the other islanders - Stamatis and his wife seem to be much less educated and do not always understand what he is talking about By using this kind of language Iannis maintains medical authority It is also a strong measure of his characterization which shows his qualities intellect medical expertise relationship with others on the island Despite the respectful characteristics presented above the doctor is not an absolutely serious character There is often some irony in his words which is often apparent only to himself such as when he talks about getting away from un embarras de petit pois with a Parisian accent Also when Pelagias goat eats his papers he does not complain or threaten her but just remonstrates calls the animal not silly but an accursed ruminant This also shows close relationship with his daughter - he is quite patient with her Even when he tells her you will not
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