Illustration of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan

The Miracle Worker

by William Gibson

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Why was Annie carried down from the room in a ladder?

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In her first day with Helen, Annie is trying to teach her how to "hand speak" she teaches her how to say doll and cake. Helen, a naughty child, throws her doll at Annie, runs and locks the door, so that Annie is locked in. The only way to get her out was for her to be rescued with the ladder.

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