Last Updated on October 26, 2018, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 405
Lelia moves back into her and Henry's apartment. There she sets up a studio, working as a freelance speech therapist. Her clients are usually younger than six. As she teaches, Henry reminisces about his youth, when he attended speech classes. He had trouble distinguishing between "L" and "R" or "B" and "V" and "P" and "F." His parents spoke Korean at home; their English was heavily accented. Henry could only work on proper pronunciation at school, where boys often made fun of his pronunciation.
Most of Lelia's students are Asian. Some have problems with their ears or mouths, but most are not native English speakers. Two boys are from Laos, and Henry enjoys hearing them speak their language. He also admires how Lelia teaches them. For instance, she draws pictures of the mouth's anatomy rather than using clinical illustrations that sometimes frighten young children.
Henry vividly recalls his own speech therapist, a twenty-something white woman who encouraged her students to press their fingers on her throat to feel the vibrations of various vocalizations.
One weekend, Henry and Lelia take the Staten Island ferry. Henry claims the boat tour is New York's cheapest vacation. The ride only costs fifty cents and goes across the harbor to three different islands. Henry likes to lean against the railing, watching as they roll past Manhattan.
Henry and Lelia talk about Korea. Lelia wants to know about the racist term "gook." Henry imagines that when U.S. soldiers were in Korea during the Korean War, people greeted them with...
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