Dunbar, Paul Laurence. "The Faith Cure Man".
- Martha's little daughter Lucy lies on her death bed but Martha disbelieves the doctor's diagnosis
- she calls a faith-cure man who sells the desperate mother an expensive elixir
- Martha believes she sees improvements in Lucy each day
- she goes out to buy her daughter a pair of new shoes and a doll, when she comes back, she finds her daughter dead
- Lucy is buried but Martha cannot come to terms with her death because she knows that she had belief enough
- black characters speak strong black English dialect in the dialogues
- the tragedy of belief in help both on the part of primitive rituals and elixirs (the faith-cure man) and on the part of God (Martha cannot accept the fact that her prayers did not help)
- the business of taking advantage of and earning on people's despair
AuthorDunbar, Paul Laurence. (1872 - 1906).
Full Title"The Faith Cure Man".
First PublishedIn: The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories. 1900.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. "The Faith Cure Man". (1900). In: Project Gutenberg On-line.