The Story of My Life

The director of the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston, Mr. Anagnos is a dear friend to Helen and an educator deeply invested in her growth and success. When Helen composes a short story called “The Frost King” and sends it to Mr. Anagnos for his birthday one year, he is proud and delighted, and publishes the story in one of the institution’s newsletters. However, when it is discovered that the story was inadvertently plagiarized (Helen had heard the story several times in her childhood) Mr. Anagnos refuses to believe Helen’s innocence and forces her to testify before a “court” composed of teachers and administrators at the school. Years later, after Helen’s innocence was confirmed, Mr. Anagnos published an apology to Helen, but the friendship and mentorship was too broken to repair.
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