Summary of “Tomasina”

Veterinarian Andrew McDuey lives in a small American town. He treats not only dogs and cats, but also livestock from the surrounding farms, and is also a veterinary inspector in the district. Dr. McDuey is known as an honest but tough man: he ruthlessly lulls old animals and refuses to treat not domestic animals.

Six years ago, his wife Anne died, gay, redheaded like a copper saucepan and singing all the time. She contracted a disease from a parrot and died. Since then, the doctor’s heart has turned to stone, and he swore that there will be no more animals in his house.

In him lives only love for the seven-year-old daughter of Mary. Having lost her mother, she does not lose her cat to Tomasina. She pours out her soul, takes her with her to school, puts her by the table next to her. Tomasina does not like it very much. The cat was first called Thomas, but then realized that it was not a cat, and was called Tomasina. Andrew does not like Tomasina and is very jealous

of her daughter. Tomasina is as messy as he can, but the veterinarian tolerates everything.

One day the boy Jordy McNab brings to the doctor a frog with a broken paw, but he flatly refuses to treat her. Then Geordi takes the frog to the Red Witch nicknamed the Mad Laurie. The witch lives in a dark forest and heals animals. Overcoming fear, Jordi comes for help. In the witch’s house, he sees a pretty girl who sings loudly. Deer, cats and dogs come to her, and she feeds them. The girl agrees to cure the frog.

Dr. McDouille’s friend, the priest Angus Peddy, loves his pug very much and overfeeds him with sweets. Between friends, a dispute begins. The doctor loved his wife, who died, and to love animals, these idlers, he must spend his heart on them, which soon will not suffice. The priest does not agree: you need to love all living creatures.

Once being at Mary’s shoulder, Tomasina unsuccessfully jumps and bangs her head. Seeing that the cat barely moves its paws, Mary brings her to her father’s hospital, where she is forbidden to appear: after the death of his wife, the doctor is

afraid that Mary will become infected from animals. At this time comes the priest Peddy with the blind, from whom the guide dog moved the car. A dog needs urgent surgery. The doctor, not believing in success, wants to put the animal to sleep. But the priest insists that it is necessary to save a man’s eyes, leading to the proof of God’s commandments. Despite Mary’s cries and the threat that she will stop talking to her father, McDouey lulls Tomasina and makes surgery for the dog.

While the father and his assistant are busy with the dog, Mary secretly picks up Tomasina’s still warm body. Mary’s friends arrange a funeral for the cat. In the funeral procession they pass through the city and bury Tomasin in the forest, putting on her grave a plaque with the inscription “Brutally murdered”. This is seen by the Mad Laurie.

The operation is going well, and McDuey and Paddy go to please the blind man, but it’s too late: he is dead. The veterinarian throws a reproach to the priest: he saved the blind eye, but God took it. The priest, in turn, reproaches the doctor that he did not try to save Tomasina.

Mary refuses to talk with her father and walks in mourning clothes. The doctor brings her another cat, but Mary begins hysterics until her father takes the cat back. Priest Peddy tries to reconcile father and daughter, but the girl declares that her father died for her.

In the city, people do not approve of McDouille’s act and are afraid to treat his animals from him, fearing that he will also put them to sleep. Also, rumors are circulating in the city that a woman lives in the forest who is talking with angels and demons, understands the language of birds and treats animals. The doctor has a mysterious rival. He decides to tell the police that an illiterate witch doctor takes the bread from a certified specialist. Peddy discourages a friend from touching the blessed one.

Tomasina under the name of the goddess Bast falls into the temple, a small house where the priestess is Mad Laurie. Now her father is Ra-Sun, and her mother Khantor-Luna. Beasts and birds in the temple do not accept a new inhabitant.

A wounded badger comes to Laurie. While Laurie washes his wounds and thinks about how to help, and Tomasina prays for his recovery, McDuay comes. Tomasina, now a goddess, is mortally afraid of a mortal and runs away from home.

McDuey did not expect that the witch would be so tender and young, but he threatened to announce who he was. Rejoicing, Laurie leads him to the badger. The doctor suggests to lull the unfortunate animal, to which Laurie replies that if God sent him here, he believes in a doctor, and the animal must survive. The sorceress gives the doctor tools, and he does the badger operation, instead of anesthesia using the trust of the animal Laurie. Laurie leads McDuay to his hospital, where forest residents are waiting for help.

Instead of paying for treatment, Laurie gives a soft woolen scarf: when the wind blows, the doctor will be warm. The touched veterinarian promises to return tomorrow to visit the badger. On the way home, McDuey reflects on God, about his love. At home he dines with his daughter, puts her to bed, talks about the badger and Laurie. It seems to him that the daughter’s attitude towards him has improved, although she still does not talk with him.

Tomasina swears to take revenge on McDune. On a rainy night, when a storm broke out, Tomasina comes and scratches at the glass in the doctor’s window with claws. Startled with fear, he sees on every window, in every door of cats. Calling her favorite, Mary in one pajamas runs out into the street.

McDuey seeks help from Dr. Stratsi. For a month the girl has not spoken to her father, and after she ran into the storm on the street, her skin became wet. After examining the girl, Stratsi comes to the conclusion that she is seriously ill and must be protected from shocks. McDuie begins to regret that he killed the cat, it would be better if she died her death.

To console himself, McDoui comes to Laurie. Despite the fact that Tomasina is now the goddess of Taliph, she is mortally afraid of her killer. But Laurie and McDuey are now treating the animals together.

Stratsi believes that Mary needs love, then the girl will recover. McDuey likes Mary and Laurie, but for Mary, he lacks tenderness, and Laurie is inferior, she talks with spirits and gnomes. He goes to the priest for advice, what to do with Laurie, who serves as an animal. The priest advises McDuey to get close to Laurie and understand each other.

McDuey’s friends are asking for help. The gypsies showed the performance and severely beat the bear. The boys are asked to report to the police about the cruel treatment of animals. One of the boys also calls for help from Laurie. Tomasin is jealous.

In the gypsy camp, McDuey meets Laurie. Between the doctor and the gypsies there is a fight, during which Laurie helps McDune. Treating his wounds, Laurie kisses the vet.

At home, McDuey is waiting for the dying Mary – she does not want to live anymore. After spending the night near his daughter, McDuey goes to Laurie for help in the morning. He rings at her door, knocks, screams that she loves her and is ready to marry her, but Laurie does not open it. In desperation, the doctor returns home to a still living daughter. On the way, he sees a tablet on the grave of Tomasina. Dropping to his knees, McDuey asks God for forgiveness. Seeing this, Tomasina forgives him.

In the evening, in a storm Dr. McDuey comes to Laurie. Taking Mary in her arms, she sings a lullaby to her. Locked in the house, Tomasin feels that Mary is in trouble. She runs away from Laurie’s house and comes under the girl’s window, despite the bad weather. The father takes a wet cat and puts Mary in his arms. Mary forgives her father. Laurie explains to the surprised MacDoui that she pulled the cat out of the box and cried. Tears fell on Tomasina, and she woke up, she was alive. Thanks to anesthesia, a paralysis took place.

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Summary of “Tomasina”