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When Anne Sullivan is met at the train station by Helen Keller's mother, Kate is immediately a bit concerned about Anne's youth; she doesn't know if Anne could possibly have the experience and knowledge, at such a young age, to make a difference in Helen's situation. However, Annie reassures her that along with youth comes energy, which will be a very helpful asset in her work with Helen; Annie also reminds Kate that she (Annie) was once blind, and can thus sympathize more closely with Helen's disability on this front. The two women seem to be on a positive footing as they leave the train station, but a bit of dramatic irony is noticeable to someone familiar with Helen's story; she has been allowed to run roughshod over everyone for so long, that Annie's work is going to require a bit more than youthful energy and an appreciation of what it is like to be blind.
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