The Love Interests of Christy: David vs. Doctor Neil MacNeill
January 26, 2018 by noelbranham in Books 10 Comments

(Contains Spoilers for Christy!) I read Christy (by Catherine Marshall)  in two days. Not only was it a beautifully written and timeless narrative of Appalachian culture it was also a most refreshing romance. The most surprising (and refreshing!) aspect of the story was  Christy falling in love while being unaware of it happening; she had never felt like this before. She thought she knew what love was from her relationship with the honorable David Grantland, but towards the end, she discovered that it wasn’t loved at all. Now I’ve heard the questions before: When did she fall in Love with Doctor Neil MacNeill? Did the Doctor really love her? How was the relationship with Neil relationship better than her and David’s? Here are some answers about how Christy and Doctor Neil’s relationship was true love: Respect: Christy has many ideas regarding how to improve education in the impoverished mountains. But David doesn’t take her seriously: “David smiled at me in a patronizing way. “It just wouldn’t work, Christy.” Dr. MacNeill held up a restraining hand. “Wait a moment before we judge. Christy, what would David do with the men? What kind of classes?” David dismissed Christy’s ability to lead on many occasions, where the doctor is always supportive and […]

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