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The Story of My Life Summary Chapter 9

Helen talks about her visit to Boston with her teacher and mother and how her doll Nancy got ruined. She talks about her visit to Perkins institute for the Blind and how she was inspired by the positive attitude of the institution. She met Mr William Endicott and his daughter.

This chapter talks of Helen’s trip to Boston with her mother and teacher. It reveals the change in her behaviour from her previous journey by train. Better behaved as compared to her previous train ride, she preferred to sit quietly beside her teacher. Miss Sullivan described the world outside the train by writing on Helen’s hand.

At Boston, Helen once again visited the Perkins Institution for the blind, and met other blind children. Unfortunately, her doll Nancy was ruined over there as the laundress at the Perkins Institution had secretly given it a bath, hoping to clean her, but the doll lost its shape and became a ‘formless heap of cotton’.

Helen was deeply influenced by the positive attitude at the Institution. She also went to Bunker Hall where she received her first lessons in history. Helen also talks of Mr William Endicott and his daughter, who took great care of her.

The Story of My Life Summary Chapter 9 Questions and Answers

Question 1.
How was Helen’s train journey with her teacher different from her earlier one?
Helen was extremely well behaved and sat quietly by the side of her teacher, eagerly listening to her description of the world outside the train window. This was in contrast to her earlier journey when she had been undisciplined, restless and required constant attention.

Question 2.
How did Nancy the doll change into a “formless heap of cotton”?
The laundress at the Perkins Institution tried to give Nancy, Helen’s doll, a bath. It was reduced to a “formless heap of cotton” after being laundered.

Question 3.
What delighted Helen at the Institution?
Helen was delighted to meet other children who could not see and was deeply impressed by their positive spirit.

Question 4.
Why was Helen taken to Bunker Hall?
Helen received her first lessons in history at Bunker Hall. She was extremely excited to climb the monument, built in memory of the soldiers from the past, who had fought here.

Question 5.
Why did Helen cry during the steamboat ride?
Helen mistook the sound of the rumble of the steamboat to be thunder. She began to cry, worried that they would not be able to have their picnic outdoors if it rained.

Question 6.
Who does Helen think of when she calls Boston the “city of kind hearts”?
Helen refers to Mr William Endicott, who along with his daughter, took great care of Helen when she stayed at their farm in Boston.