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The Story of My Life

by Helen Keller

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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. 

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Helen visited her home in Alabama from school during the autumn.  She began writing the story of her life so far during this visit.  Helen wrote fearfully at first.  The terrible experience of The Frost King story, in which Helen was accused of plagiarism, still haunted her.  With Ms. Sullivan's help, Helen gained confidence.  Shortly after, Helen visited Niagara Falls and was in awe it as she "felt the air vibrate and the earth tremble."  Soon after, Helen "visited the World's Fair with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell."  She was able to touch everything there so that she could experience it all.  She visited a bizarre and rode on the model of a Viking ship.  Accompanied by Dr. Bell, Helen learned many new things at the fair.  Helen felt that she matured during her three week long visit to the World's Fair.

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