The Story of My Life by Helen Keller reveals Helen's challenges and successes after having been left blind and deaf after an illness as a baby. Helen relies on her sense of touch and, after Annie Sullivan arrives to "set my spirit free"(ch 1) and teaches and inspires Helen so that she "learns from life itself"(ch 7) Helen wastes no time in "exploring" her environment.
On a trip to Boston, Helen recalls "the treasures of the snow."(ch 12) She is in awe of its effect on the landscape as "a mysterious hand had stripped the trees and bushes." She can feel the effects of Winter on the environment and is poetic in her descriptions. There is a "desolate solitude, shut in from all communication with the outside world" but there is no feeling of desperation as Helen relishes the opportunity to sit by the fireside, frolic in the snow and experience "Plunging through drifts." Helen is so inspired by such a different experience of the earth, even though she barely feels it under her feet all winter. Tobogganing releases Helen's spirit and "we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine!"