From The Story of My Life, what was life like in the village that that the writer (Helen Keller) visited during the winter?

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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller is an autobiographical account of the first twenty-two years of her life. Helen Keller felt inspired to help others and reach out to those who may be suffering as she had during a "silent dayless"(ch 2) existence. Helen, after Annie Sullivan arrives on "The most important day I remember in all my life" (ch 4), is able to appreciate many things. She and Miss Sullivan take many trips, all of which contribute to Helen's developing character. 

After visiting Boston, Helen spends nearly every Winter in the "North" and when Helen and Miss Sullivan visit a New England village, Helen is delighted by the "frozen lakes and vast snow fields."(ch 12) Life is fascinating for Helen and she is very descriptive in the detail as "The earth seemed benumbed by his icy touch." Storms "closed upon the world" and the landscape is unrecognizable. Even a blind and deaf Helen who scarcely "felt the earth under my feet once all winter" is in awe of the combination of beauty and terror that she feels "shut in from all communication with the outside world." 

In this village, tobogganing is the favorite pastime and Helen enjoys the "exhilarating madness" of the rides and also the "merry tales" and "frolicking" they are able to participate in.  

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