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The physician was sent for, and his diagnosis was short and not difficult. They understood that poor Camille was deprived of the sense of hearing and speech. II The mother's first thought was to inquire if the misfortune was incurable, and the reply was that there had been a few cases which had been cured. For a year, in spite of the evidence before her, she continued to hope; but after having exhausted all the resources of science, they at length were compelled to abandon all hope. Unfortunately, at this time, when so many prejudices were destroyed and replaced, there existed a most pitiless one against those poor creatures known as deaf-mutes.
I use the word "survey" advisedly: we have obviously had to be highly selective in our excerpts and even in the titles cited in the bibliography and in the various introductions and prefaces we have also had to ignore many titles we felt would not materially add to our awareness of the deaf experience. Page 1 ONE THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Page 3 Introduction Nineteenth century stories with deaf characters show a marked contrast in tone to those written in the twentieth century. The deaf characters themselves are of a different sort altogether: they are pitiable rather than extraordinary.
He often asked himself during his solitary walks. "Is it her fault if the wrath of Heaven has fallen upon her? Should I not only pity her, try to lighten my wife's sorrow, hide my suffering, and watch over my child? To what a sad existence she is doomed if I, her father, abandon her! What will become of her? God sent her to me thus; it is for me to be resigned. Who would look after her? Who would bring her up? Who would protect her? She has only her mother and me in the world; she will never find a husband and will never have a brother nor a sister.