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When Helen was a baby Her mother Kate found out that she was blind and deaf even though doctors said she was fine. The doctor thought she had an acute congestion.
As Helen got older it became harder to communicate with her. Kate contacted the Perkins school of the blind. A girl named Annie Sullivan became Helen's teacher. Kate was unsure about Annie being Helen's teacher because she was so young.
After Annie arrived she wanted to teach Helen sign language, a way for deaf people to communicate with other people.
When Annie was teaching Helen sign language she locked Annie in her room and ran away with the key. After the Kellers found out that Helen locked Annie in her room they got a ladder and helped her out a window. Annie then found Helen outside with the key to her room and she was dropping it down a well. This scene in the book shows that Helen is like a little box that needs to be unlocked, but she doesn't want to be unlocked.
After living with the Kellers for a a little bit Annie wanted to spend some time alone with Helen to get her to trust her. She said that she wanted control of everything Helen needed. She got two weeks to get Helen to trust her. They stayed in the garden house, Percy also was there for assistance. By the end of the two weeks Helen had learned eighteen nouns and three verbs.
After the time in the garden house, Helen and Annie became closer. But after Helen was reunited with her parents she went back to her old ways of kicking and screaming. The night they came back Helen was being bad and throwing her fork on the floor. Annie took Helen out of the room to refill a water pitcher. As Helen was putting water in the pitcher she finally made a connection with a word and a object. She knew what water was and who her parents were.
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