The Story of My Life

Arthur H. Keller Character Analysis

Helen’s father, whose lineage traces back to Switzerland, where one of his ancestors was the first teacher of deaf children in Zurich. Arthur is a newspaper editor and an avid hunter. He supports Helen through all of her endeavors, and his passing in 1896 brings Helen, her mother, and her sister deep sorrow.

Arthur H. Keller Quotes in The Story of My Life

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Chapter 1  Quotes

One of my Swiss ancestors was the first teacher of the deaf in Zurich and wrote a book on the subject of their education—rather a singular coincidence; though it is true that there is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

Related Characters: Helen Keller (speaker), Arthur H. Keller
Page Number: 1
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Arthur H. Keller Character Timeline in The Story of My Life

The timeline below shows where the character Arthur H. Keller appears in The Story of My Life. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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...born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, a small town in northern Alabama. On her father’s side, she is descended from Swiss immigrants, and she notes that one of her Swiss... (full context)
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Helen writes that she is distantly related to Robert E. Lee on her father’s side, and that her father, Arthur H. Keller, was a captain in the Confederate Army.... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...their family moved from the little vine-covered house to a new, larger home, and Helen’s father would often sit reading newspapers. Helen was always very curious to understand what her father... (full context)
Chapter 3
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When Helen was about six, her father arranged to take her to a renowned oculist in Baltimore in hopes that something could... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Helen often rose at dawn to steal into her father’s garden and feel the flowers beneath her hands, occasionally catching insects as well. Miss Sullivan... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...in losing herself in the woods each day. Helen’s parents entertained many visitors, especially her father, whose friends came in droves to hunt deer. (full context)
Chapter 13
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...mother hugged Helen and “tremble[d] with delight,” her sister Mildred kissed her hands, and her father was so stunned and proud that he could only manage silence. (full context)
Chapter 17
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Before she left New York, however, Helen’s “bright days” were darkened by a deep sorrow—her father died in February of 1896. Despite her father’s passing, Helen could still feel his loving... (full context)