Write a character sketch of Mrs. Hutton from The Story of My Life.  

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mrshh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mrs. Hutton was the wife of Mr. Laurence Hutton at the time when she and Helen Keller became friends.  Helen was friends with both Mr. and Mrs. Hutton.  The couple lived in a "lovely home" in New York City, which Helen visited often.  

Mrs. Hutton was a loyal friend to Helen.  In fact, Helen noted that a lot of what she "[held] sweetest" and "most precious" was because of her dear friend.  Her friend offered her advice and guidance when she was at school.  When Helen would become discouraged, Mrs. Hutton wrote her encouraging letters.  It is evident from Helen's descriptions of her that Mrs. Hutton was a motherly figure who sought to mentor a young woman who was living away from her own mother.  She had a large amount of loyalty and was always willing to help her friends.

The editor of The Story of My Life thanked Mrs. Hutton in the preface for providing many notes about Helen.

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Mrs. Hutton was the wife of the writer and literary critic Laurence Hutton. At the Huttons' New York home, Helen Keller met many of the leading literary figures of the day, including William Dean Howells and Mark Twain. When Keller attended Radcliffe, Mrs. Hutton sent her encouraging letters. Keller also wrote letters to Mrs. Hutton updating her friend about her progress though college and reminiscing about the times they had spent together. For example, in a letter dated May 3, 1897, Keller thanked Mrs. Hutton for having taken her to the Players Club in New York. Keller also wrote Mrs. Hutton about the time she spent in the countryside around Boston, in Wrentham, enjoying sledding. It's clear that Mrs. Hutton introduced Keller to many elements of cosmopolitan New York and was also a source of support when Keller was studying at Radcliffe. 

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