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James Herriot (A veterinary doctor/narrator)

Mr Casling (a 60 years old man/owner of Casling Farm/has 2 sons)

Alan and Harold (30 years old sons of Casling)

Calf (whose leg is broken and Herriot came for its treatment)

In this passage from The Lord God Made Them All, James Herriot, the Yorkshire, England, veterinarian and writer, describes a day when he would have been wise to remain silent. In The Lord God Made Them All, James Herriot includes a series of narratives that recount his veterinary practice from just after World War II until the early 1960s.  

Herriot remembers talking with farmers who are not at all well-read. He once made a comment about a cow with a broken leg, since he had read in the newspaper that George Bernard Shaw had broken his leg as well. The farmer ended up believing that Shaw was a friend of Herriot’s, and the veterinarian believes that there was probably an amusing comment at the farmer’s dinner table that evening.



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