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By Trenton W. Batson, Eugene Bergman

ISBN-10: 0930323173

ISBN-13: 9780930323172

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Thus nearly a century ago a writer commented: . . the greatest thing needful is to wake up the mind, to make it flow with lifethe life of the soul. How is this achievable but with the language of signs? This strange yet wonderful language possesses in fact almost the power of an autocrat over the mind tied and bound by the fetter of deafness; it waves its magic wand and the fetters fall off: it acts the part of nursing mother, and behold the passive intellect is awakened to the power of understanding.

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. One unfortunate child in the world is sufficient. " Such were the chevalier's thoughts as he returned to the house with the firm intention of fulfilling his obligations as a father and husband. He found his child in his wife's arms, knelt before her, and held Cecile's hands in his own. He had been told, he said, of a famous doctor, for whom he was going to send; nothing was yet determined; marvelous cures had been effected.

Madame des Arcis had only made a prudent marriage; love had come and was reciprocated. Suddenly a terrible obstacle came between them, and this obstacle was precisely the very thing that should have been their sacred bond. What caused this sudden and tacit separation, more terrible than a divorce, more cruel than a slow death, was that the mother, in spite of the misfortune, loved her child passionately, while the chevalier, whatever he may have wished to do, in spite of his patience and goodness, could Page 14 not conquer the horror that was inspired in him by this malediction of God that had fallen upon him.

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