The Boy's Week-Day Book

The Boy's Week-Day Book

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...tongues; for not only does it afford good amusement, but enables them to hold communion with such young people as labour under the affliction of being deaf and dumb. Too much kindness cannot be shown to those who are deprived of the manifold advantages others possess. The alphabet may be learned in a short time; and with a little practice a conversation may be held with great ease. When we notice what wonderful things are done by the blind, and observe the ease with which the deaf and dumb converse, we may almost say that they see without eyes, and speak without a tongue. Not long ago I had some interesting intercourse with a very intelligent deaf and dumb person, who much surprised me with his striking replies to my questions. I asked him to tell me the difference between Life and Death? He smiled, lifted up his eyebrows with a start, and rubbed his hands rapidly together, to signify life. Afterwards he closed his eyes, and turned his head on one side, laying his cheek on his hand, to imitate death. I then asked him to describe Falsehood and Truth. He did this in a moment by making a zigzag with his finger for the first, and a straight push at me for the second. Many other questions I put to him; the last I well remember was this. Can you conceive the distinction between a whisper and a clap of thunder? In an instant he put himself in the attitude of listening to a low sound, and then, looking up to the skies fearfully, he shook his hands as if he was terrified at the thunder, thus convincing me, as fully as if he had told me with his voice, that he clearly comprehended the questions proposed to him. Any one who can converse with his fingers may in this manner receive pleasure and instruction himself, and communicate the same to a class of...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564693
  • 9781236564696