On the third March of 1887, Miss Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller family’s house. Helen was six years and nine months old at that time. On the day of arrival of Miss Anne, busy activities were happening in the house indicated to her that something unusual was going to happen.
Miss Sullivan gave Helen a doll which was a gift from the little blind students of the Perkins Institute and was dressed by Laura Bridgeman. When she was playing with it, the teacher spelled d.o.l.l. on her hand. Helen imitates it and felt extreme proud. Gradually, she was able to spell many words such as pin, hat, cup, sit, stand and walk. It took several weeks for Helen to realize that everything has a name. The teacher explained her that mug and water are different words but she was confused between the two. In rage, she broke her doll on the floor. She felt neither sorrow nor regret for the fragments.
Sullivan took her to the well-house and placed her one hand under the spout of water and spelled into the other hand the word, w.a.t.e.r. Now, everything is clear before her. On returning, she tried to put the fragments of doll together. She wept on what she had done. With the passage of time, she learned many new words that day including father, mother sister.
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