Movie: The Miracle Worker [1962] Movie: The Miracle Worker [1962]

Movie: The Miracle Worker [1962] Movie: The Miracle Worker [1962]

Annie Sullivan:
I have to live with her somewhere else.



Kate Keller:
For how long?



Annie Sullivan:
Until she learns to listen to and depend on me.



Captain Arthur Keller:
Miss Sullivan...



Annie Sullivan:
Captain Keller, it meets both of your conditions. It's the one way I can get back in touch with Helen, and I don't see how I can be rude to you again if you're not around to interfere with me.



Captain Arthur Keller:
And what's your plan if I say no? Pack the other half of your suitcase and abandon your charge to... to...



Annie Sullivan:
The asylum? I grew up in such an asylum, the State Alms House. Rats? Why, my brother Jimmy and I used to play with the rats because we didn't have toys. Maybe you'd like to know what Helen will find there, not on visiting days. One ward was full of the old women. Crippled, blind, dying, but even if what they had was catching, there was nowhere else to move them. That's where they put us. There were younger ones across the hall, prostitutes mostly, with TB and epileptic fits. And some of the kind that keep after other girls, especially the young ones. And some were just insane. Some had the DTs. And there were girls in another ward with babies they didn't want. They started at thirteen, fourteen. They left afterwards, but the babies stayed. We played with them, too. There were a lot of them, with sores all over from diseases you're not supposed to talk about.

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Captain Arthur Keller:
Miss Sullivan, I find it difficult to talk through those glasses. Why do you wear them? The sun's been down over an hour.



Annie Sullivan:
Any kind of light hurts my eyes.



Captain Arthur Keller:
Well, put them on, Miss Sullivan. I've decided to give you a second chance.



Annie Sullivan:
To do what?



Captain Arthur Keller:
To remain our employee! But on two conditions! I'm not accustomed to rudeness! If you want to stay, there must be a radical change of manner!



Annie Sullivan:
Whose?



Captain Arthur Keller:
Yours, young lady! Isn't it obvious? You must convice me that there's the slightest hope of you teaching a child who now flees from you like the plague.



Annie Sullivan:
There isn't. It's hopeless here.



Captain Arthur Keller:
Am I to understand...



Annie Sullivan:
We all agree it's hopeless here. The next question is...



Kate Keller:
Miss Annie, I'm not agreed! She did fold her napkin. She learns. She learns! Did you know she began talking when she was only six months old? She could say water. Well, not really. Wah-wah. But she meant water! She knew what it meant at only six months old! I never saw a child so bright or outgoing! It's still in her, somewhere. Miss Annie, put up with her and with us.



Captain Arthur Keller:
Us?



Kate Keller:
Please. Like the lost lamb in the parable, I love her all the more.



Annie Sullivan:
Mrs. Keller, I don't think Helen's greatest handicap is deafness or blindness. I think it's your love and pity. All these years you've felt so sorry for her you've kept her like a pet. Well, even a dog you housebreak.

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James Keller:
How old was he, your brother Jimmy?



Annie Sullivan:
Helen's age.



James Keller:
How did he die?



Annie Sullivan:
He had a tubercular hip. We made quite a pair, me blind and him with his crutch.



James Keller:
When did he die?



Annie Sullivan:
Eleven years ago this May.



James Keller:
And you've had no one to dream about since?



Annie Sullivan:
No, one's enough.



James Keller:
You don't let go of things easily, do you? You'd be quite a handsome girl if it weren't for your eyes. No one's told you?



Annie Sullivan:
Everyone. You'd be quite a gentleman if it weren't for your manners.



James Keller:
You wouldn't say that if you didn't have your glasses on. How will you win her hand now, in this place?



Annie Sullivan:
I don't know. I lost my temper, and here we are. I'm counting on her. That little head is dying to know.

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Kate Keller:
She's a defective child! It's not her fault!



Captain Arthur Keller:
I didn't say it was her fault!



Kate Keller:
Well, I don't know what to do. How can I teach her, beat her till she's black and blue?



Captain Arthur Keller:
We can't have her running around loose! There must be some way to confine her!



Kate Keller:
Where, in a cage? She's a growing child!



Captain Arthur Keller:
Answer me one thing. Is it fair to the baby there?



Kate Keller:
Are you willing to put her away? She wants to talk, like me, like you and me. Every day she slips further and further away. I don't know how to call her back.



Aunt Ev:
I have a mind to write to Boston myself. If that school can't help her, maybe they'll send somebody who can.

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James Keller:
Miss Sullivan? I'm James Keller.



Annie Sullivan:
James? I had a brother Jimmy. Are you Helen's?



James Keller:
I'm only half a brother. You'll be her governess?



Annie Sullivan:
Well, I'll try.



James Keller:
You look like half a governess.

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