The Story of My life- Novel for class 10- English CBSE
By Helen Keller
Chapter 9- Notes and Study Material
Introduction of Chapter 9- the Story of My Life by Helen Keller
In May 1888 Helen visited Boston with Miss Sullivan and her big rag doll. During this train journey, she is calmer and eager to listen to Miss. Sullivan’s descriptions of the passing scenery and the people at the stations they pass. Unfortunately, the doll, Nancy, was reduced to a heap of cotton, when the laundress secretly tried to give it a bath. At the Perkins Institution, she made friends with the blind children. She was quite happy with her stay at Bostori. She visited Bunker Hill, Plymouth and The Great rock. She made friends with Mr William Endicott and his daughter and was touched by their kindness. For her, Boston was ‘The City of Kind Hearts’ mainly due to the benevolent and kind Mr Endicott.
Conclusion/ Chapter in short/ Analysis of Chapter 9/Understanding the Theme of 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.
Short Summary of Chapter-9 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller in Simple Words-
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.
Question.1- How was Helen’s train journey with her teacher different from her earlier one?
Answer- 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’?
Answer- 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?
Answer- 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?
Answer- 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?
Answer- 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‘?
Answer- Helen refers to Mr William Endicott, who along with his daughter, took great care of Helen when she stayed at their farm in Boston.