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In The Story of My Life, Helen Keller recounts many of the incidents that changed her life without which, undoubtedly, she may not have achieved everything she did.Helen has the ability to learn "from life itself" (ch 7) and so, even some unfortunate events are recalled in this, her autobiography, of the first twenty-two years of her life.
In chapter 9, Helen makes her first visit to Boston and The Perkins' Institute, from where Ann Sullivan who "set my spirit free" came as she herself was only partially sighted. Helen, blind and deaf, finds it a great "joy to talk with other children in my own language." She is referring to the manual alphabet which Annie has taught her. In the company of other children who were blind, Helen loses "all sense of pain in the pleasure of their companionship."
Helen learns history and has her first trip on a steamboat and is intrigued by stories and accounts of the Pilgrims. She thinks the men so brave and recalls how, when she learnt some time later that some of the exploits of the Pilgrims were not so honorable, she was sorely disappointed.
In remembrance of Mr Endicott, Helen calls Boston "the City of kind hearts" as he becomes a dear friend to her, telling her about the ships bound for Europe and allowing her to spend time at his home. Helen recalls spending time in his garden and with his dogs.
Nancy, Helen's beloved doll also gets her last mention in chapter 9 after an unfortunate incident in a bath from which Nancy emerges as a "formless heap of cotton." What is important is Helen's recollection that Nancy is recognizable only by her eyes - which Helen had painstakingly insisted her doll needed in an earlier chapter, upon which her aunt had given her doll eyes.
This chapter reveals happy moments and Helen's ongoing love of Boston.
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