“ At her touch Helen’s fingers jerk reflexively, spelling d - o - l - l " (Miller 39).
Propelling the action:
"Mrs.Keller stands thunderstruck, for the finger signs look identical to the letters they represent" (Miller 39).
Miss Spitfire sadly tells Mrs.Keller " ‘She’s a parrot i’ve taught her the letters, but she she doesn’t realize there’s a link between them and the doll any more than a bird knows” ( Miller 39).
Miss Spitfire teaches Helen how to spell a new word, Helen remarkably discovers how to spell the new word "doll", as Miss. Spitfire analyzes Helen's impeccable translation of the word she stops and realizes something about Helen's true understanding beneath all of her signing.
Initial Dialogue and Event:
“Helen plops down next to Belle and takes one of the dog’s paws in her hand" (Miller 127).
Helen continues to sign when her mother, Mrs.Keller is amazed by her understanding to shape the letters onto her palm. Mrs. Keller had never seen anything from her daughter quite like this since she had lost her hearing and sight. This propels the action because as Helen continues to sign something seems to be missing to Miss. Spitfire that her mother does not recognize, therefore, giving the plot a significant event that progresses throughout the novel.
Propelling the action:
Helen’s face wrinkles with concentration as she works to shape the dogs claws under her hands. I gnaw my lips, biting back a grin as I watch Helen’s fingers move" (Miller 127).
The outcome of this situation is crucial to the story in order for it to progress because of the unsolved problem; Helen needing to understand what she is signing and simply learning the important aspects of communication.
Helen expands her knowledge of communication when she tries to communicate and teach the dog what she has been learning.
This propels the action because Helen's capability to understand words is accomplished when she teaches the dog how to spell. This significant moment is cherished between all characters in the novel because of Helen's jaw dropping new skill, this moment is important because it moves the story forward to expand Helen's vocabulary now that she understands the basics.
Miss. Spitfire is in aw when she sees Helen trying to use her skills in the real world. This gives Miss. Spitfire the motivation to continue to teach Helen even more so she can finally expand her vocabulary.
"She’s teaching the dog how to spell” (Miller 127).