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At first Rivers and Sassoon are quite formal. This is not unusual due to the fact
that Rivers is Sassoon's doctor, and is treating Sassoon for a mental health issue,
therefore he must tread carefully as to not tip Sassoon over the edge.
Rivers asks a number of questions to Sassoon. Again this is not unusual as he is
his doctor so needs to find out a lot of information about Sassoon. This in effect
builds up their relationship due to the fact that Rivers is learning more and more
about Sassoon each day and begins to understand why Sassoon detests the idea
Rivers understands Sassoon, 'The point is you hate civilians don't you'.
We can tel from the novel that Sassoon takes an immediate liking to Rivers as he
considers Rivers an 'exception' to his hatred of civilians.
Sassoon adopts Rivers as a sort of father figure early on in the novel, 'rare for it to
happen as quickly as this in a man of Sassoon's age', again outlining the fact that
Sassoon is fond of rivers.
It states in the book that Rivers was 30 years older than the youngest patient
which puts him around 50. Sassoon could be around his 30's so therefore would
look at Rivers as a fatherly figure.
Sassoon changes the way that Rivers viewed the war: 'It wasn't simply discomfort
of having to express views he was no longer sure he had'. This shows that Rivers
agreed with a lot of the views Sassoon expressed.
We learn that Sassoon was an important part of Rivers job: 'but then came along
Further into the novel Sassoon and Rivers start to see each other outside of the
hospital Craiglockhart, the writer does not inform the reader if he does this with
any other patient but does make it clear that their relationship is growing.
He starts to call Sassoon, 'Seigfried' by his first name which shows their bonding.
'Rivers respected Sassoon to much to manipulate him': this gives us the idea that
he may do it to other patients but refuses to do it with Sassoon.
They have a student-teacher relationship which develops into a father and son
Sassoon looks up to Rivers: 'He tries to behave as if we're equal. But in the end
hes a gold medalist of the royal society, and i left Cambridge without getting a
Sassoons father abandoned him as a child, 'only now did he realize how completely
Rivers had come to take his father's place'
River's writes to Sassoon, 'My dear Seigfried'
Sassoon says to Rivers that he should have dropped into his mothers house when
he had been passing on his holiday, 'she regards you as the saviour of the family
name' due to the fact that Rivers is helping to make Sass 'sane' again.
Sassoon has been treated differently from everyone else: 'I never asked or
expected to be treated differently from anyone else'
Sassoon tells Rivers first, before anyone else that he had decided to go back to
war: 'No, I wanted you to be the first', trusts him.
'He was looking at Rivers with an extraordinary mixture of love and hostility': The
kind of love between father and son, loves them but at the same time is angry at
Sassoon wants to tell Rivers everything, 'I did ask if he'd mind me telling you, so
i'm not breaking a confidence' Sassoon to rivers about Graves
Rivers cares about Sassoon, he is worried about him, 'In ways which you do a
great deal of damage - which i happen to care about'
Rivers talks to Sassoon like he is his child: 'It's time you grew up. Started living in
the real world.
Sassoon refers to 'his' rivers, claiming him as his own
River's misses Sassoon when he had left: 'It was an effort to talk at dinner, partly
tiredness, partly Sassoon's empty place'
Teacher-student relationship: 'his demeanor was very much that of a keen and
basically decent head boy who knows he's let the headmaster down rather badly'
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River's jokes with Sassoon after a rather serious telling off showing that he can
never stay mad at him, 'No idea. Roast you I hope'
'I don't look forward to Craiglockhart without either of you' Sassoon will miss both
Rivers and Owen when they both leave.…read more