What was the incident involving The Frost King? How did it affect Helen?

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Soon after learning how to speak, Helen Keller wrote what she considered to be a beautiful story called "The Frost King" and sent it to Mr. Anagnos at the Perkins Institute as a gift for his birthday. He loved the story and published it in a report by the Perkins Institution.

Later, however, Keller discovered that her story was quite similar to a previously published story called "The Frost Fairies" by Margaret T. Canby. Keller had heard the story read aloud to her and had unwittingly copied it, and she was accused of plagiarism. At first, Mr. Anagnos believed that Keller was innocent, but, after a teacher at the Perkins Institution detected that Keller might have remembered hearing Canby's story, Mr. Anagnos felt dubious about Keller's story and about her innocence. The result was that Keller, who liked to assimilate what she heard into her own words and works, felt horribly guilty and ashamed, and several of the members of the Perkins Institution lost faith in her.

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Helen Keller wrote a story called "The Frost King" for Mr. Anagnos. It turned into a terrible incident because he accused her of plagiarizing it.

Keller's tale was very similar to a story called "The Frost Fairies" by a Miss Margaret T. Canby. Helen assured Mr. Anagnos she had never read the Canby story. However, a teacher at the school mistakenly thought Helen had confessed she had. Hearing of this, Mr. Anagnos lost all trust in Helen Keller, thinking she had deliberately plagiarized the tale to try to impress him. It came out, as best as Keller could reconstruct events, that she had probably heard the story during the summer she spent in Brewster with Sophia Hopkins, and that it had probably lodged in her subconscious. She wrote of the incident:

As I lay in my bed that night, I wept as I hope few children have wept. I felt so cold, I imagined I should die before morning, and the thought comforted me. I think if this sorrow had come to me when I was older, it would have broken my spirit beyond repairing.

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