The miracle worker

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  • Helen! Helen!
  • She's BLIND, Captain! And she's DEAF too!
  • You will write to her soon, Captain, won't you?
  • Fine Katie, but don't expect a miracle.
  • How old are you, Ms. Annie?
  • Well, I'm not in my teens you know.
  • Well I'm not accustomed to it!
  • Helen is struck with a bad sickness, but the doctor states that she will live. Kate signed with relief at the good news. Captain Keller exits the room, leaving Kate alone with Helen. Kate starts talking to the infant, calmly at first. She soon realizes something is wrong. Kate waves her hand across the baby's face, slow at first, and then faster. The baby doesn't move, blink, or do anything at all. She snaps harshly and screams. "Captain, Captain!' Kate shrieks. Captain comes into the room, equally alarmed. "What Katie?" The captain asks quickly. "Helen is blind, and she's deaf! When I screamed she didn't blink, not an eyelash!" "Helen!" The captain lets out a ear-splitting scream.
  • She's accustomed to eating off all our plates, Ms. Annie.
  • We'll just get you a new plate!
  • You've taught her so much!
  • Six and a half year old Helen tackles Martha, another child. She grabs the scissors and proceeds to try and stab Martha. Percy, the helper boy, runs up to ring the bell on the porch. Kate gets up and rushes outside, to take in the scene. Instead of punishing Helen, Kate tries to carefully take the scissors. Helen refuses, and Kate lets her keep them. They go inside. James, Helen's half brother, goes to speak. He offers putting her into an asylum, and idea Kate doesn't like. "She's not an animal for goodness sake!" She states. "I think Captain will write to the famous oculist in Baltimore, won't you Captain?" Kate hopefully suggests. "How many times will you let them break your heart, Katie?" The captain replies. "Any number of times." Kate tells him back.
  • Not nearly enough.
  • The Keller's soon found out they would be getting miss Annie Sullivan. Kate arrived at the train station with James and they meet Annie there. Kate is quite surprised at how young she is, and they both observe one another. When they arrive home Annie and Helen get into some fights. Annie tries to control Helen, and Helen is used to getting her way. Helen manages to cunningly lock Annie into her room, and hide the key in her mouth. When she thinks no one is looking, she drops the key into the well. The well kind of represents Helen, locked with a treasure waiting inside. Annie just has to figure out a way to get to her.
  • W, A, T, E, R! Water!
  • One day at the table Helen is making her way around, eating off of everyone's plate. When she gets to Annie's plate, Annie grabs her hand and holds her back. Helen throws and tantrum and Annie asks everyone to exit, leaving them alone. After many hours of fighting, escaping, and punching, Helen finally does three amazing things. She eats off her own plate, she eats with a spoon, and she folds her napkin. Kate and the family are of course shocked at her behavior. Now though, Helen will not let Annie touch her, so she can't learn. Annie decides that she needs full control over Helen, so she asks the Keller's if she can take Helen somewhere.
  • With much arguing, Captain Keller finally agrees to let Annie take Helen to the garden house. The problem is, she only gets two weeks. They take Helen in the carriage and drive her around for a while before letting her into the garden house. Her parents were only allowed to visit, and not let Helen know they were there. By the end of the two weeks, Annie has gotten Helen to tolerate her, act like a well behaved child, and wait patiently to eat with a spoon. Annie pleads for longer with Helen, for her main goal had not been achieved. Making Helen understand that names were connected to objects.
  • When Helen gets back home, they are eating at the table. Helen picks up her napkin, and drops in on the floor, three times. When Annie tries to make her eat with her spoon she throws it on the floor. Then Helen knocks over the jog of water and Annie takes her outside to fill it back up. When they are at the water pump, the miracle happens. Annie is spelling into Helen's hand when the moment of realization happens. Helen drops the pitcher and makes a sound. "Wah, Wah." Helen says as she feels the water under her hand. Annie immediately knows that she gets it, and they both get excited. Helen rushes over to all these objects and makes Annie spell for her. She finally connects all the words she has learned to the objects. She goes to her parents, then to Annie and now she finally understands. Annie's goal for Helen has been accomplished, and the miracle has happened.
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