Ellen Weatherall is stubborn and even a little combative. "She flicked her wrist neatly" out of the doctor's fingers as he is attempting to examine her, and she "pulled the sheet up to her chin," essentially refusing to allow him to continue with his examination. She is unwilling to compromise or listen; it is Granny's way or not at all. She even thinks of the doctor as a "brat" because he is so much younger than she and, in her view, seems to think of himself too highly, "doctoring around the country with spectacles on his nose!" Such a thought seems to indicate that Ellen is very old and set in her ways, unable to recognize that the doctor used to be a child but has since grown up, gotten an education, and become qualified to medically attend people. She tells him to "take [his] schoolbooks and go," again indicating how stuck her mind seems to be in the past; she is indignant and does not see that he is a qualified expert who means to help her rather than an upstart child putting on airs. In fact, she is the unreasonable one here, not he.