His crystalline humor and expansive range are a continuous source of delight and awe. I guarded both doll and cradle with the most jealous care; but once I discovered my little sister sleeping peacefully in the cradle.
I have often held in my hand a little model of the Plymouth Rock which a kind gentleman gave me at Pilgrim Hall, and I have fingered its curves, the split in the centre and the embossed figures "," and turned over in my mind all that I knew about the wonderful story of the Pilgrims.
Indeed, my friends and relatives sometimes doubted whether I could be taught. Everything Miss Sullivan taught me she Autobiography on a doll by a beautiful story or a poem.
I cannot explain the peculiar sympathy Miss Sullivan had with my pleasures and desires. But for Miss Sullivan's genius, untiring perseverance and devotion, I could not have progressed as far as I have toward natural speech. There, I met a friend. So dazzling was the light, it penetrated even the darkness that veils my eyes.
In daily life he quite often did not come up to his own heroic ideals and revolutionary theories, but listened to the troll voices of narrow-minded egotism and compromise — and then, afterwards, the genius in him arose, a judge without mercy.
After six dark years in the hostile atmosphere of this provincial Norwegian village, Ibsen, by extreme economy and privation, had saved enough money to leave for the capital, Christiania Oslo. It was called "Ivy Green" because the house and the surrounding trees and fences were covered with beautiful English ivy.
Add the traveler's curiosity and gentle wit of a Bill Bryson, plus the raw energy of Ernest Hemingway, and then stir in an entire Oxford dictionary of aphorisms, and you start to get an approximation of a man who spanned virtually every literary genre—and in the process became one of the most quoted and misquoted writers to walk the earth.
All teachers of the deaf know what this means, and only they can appreciate the peculiar difficulties with which I had to contend.
One day, Miss Sullivan attracted my attention to a strange object which she had captured basking in the chilly water. My eyes fill with tears now as I think how my mother pressed me close to her, speechless and trembling with delight, taking in every syllable that I spoke, while little Mildred seized my free hand and kissed it and danced, and my father expressed his pride and affection in a big silence.
Frequently we came upon impassable thickets which forced us to take a roundabout way. Many incidents of those early years are fixed in my memory, isolated, but clear and distinct, making the sense of that silent, aimless, dayless life all the more intense.
I asked, "Who brought you here? She was, alas, the helpless victim of my outbursts of temper and of affection, so that she became much the worse for wear. I knew I could not see; but it did not seem possible that all the eager, loving children who gathered round me and joined heartily in my frolics were also blind.
In the still, dark world in which I lived there was no strong sentiment of tenderness. Then I pinned a veil over my head so that it covered my face and fell in folds down to my shoulders, and tied an enormous bustle round my small waist, so that it dangled behind, almost meeting the hem of my skirt.
Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort; the words that fall from others' lips they catch on the wing, as it were, delightedly, while the little deaf child must trap them by a slow and often painful process. The night before the celebration, one of the teachers of the Institution had asked me a question connected with "The Frost King," and I was telling her that Miss Sullivan had talked to me about Jack Frost and his wonderful works.
However, Ibsen's fortunes changed in the following year when The Pretenders, a play glorifying the Norse heroes of the past, won an enthusiastic reception from both audience and reviewers. Every evening, seated round a glowing wood fire, we played our guessing game, which grew more and more exciting as Christmas approached.
His straightforward, behaviorist-like style makes good sense to most people.The task of writing an autobiography is a difficult one. When I try to classify my earliest impressions, I find that fact and fancy look alike across the years that link the past with the present.
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The Autobiography’s “Closing Words” movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve Also included in this volume is the previously unpublished “Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript,” Mark Twain’s caustic indictment of his “putrescent pair” of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his house during their residency.
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