Helen Keller writes this chapter about the summer and fall of 1892 and the spring of 1893. She has just endured an episode in which a story she wrote and published in a report of the Perkins Institution called "The Frost King" was found to be quite similar to another already published story. She had not intended to plagiarize the other story, and this incident wounded her greatly. This chapter begins in the summer, as she returns to Alabama and attempts to put the incident of the story behind her. Every time she writes, she is afraid of copying a story that she has heard and that is in her mind, but Ms. Sullivan, her teacher, encourages Keller to write the story of her life to date for a magazine called Youth's Companion.
Keller also mentions that she attended the inauguration of President Cleveland and details her trip in 1893 to Niagara Falls and to the World's Fair with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. There, she has permission to touch the exhibits and enjoys the French bronzes. Dr. Graham Bell goes around the fair with Keller and tells her about the new inventions, such as the telephone and phonograph. She feels that looking at these new inventions helps her grow from a child who is consumed by fairy tales to a person with an interest in the real world.