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

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

Captain Arthur Keller:
From the minute she stepped off the train she's been nothing but a burden! Incompetent, impertinent, ineffectual, inmodest, and...



Kate Keller:
She folded her napkin, Captain.



Captain Arthur Keller:
She what?



Kate Keller:
Not ineffectual. Helen did fold her napkin.



Captain Arthur Keller:
What in heaven's name is so extraordinary about folding a napkin?



Kate Keller:
Well, it's more than you did, Captain.



Captain Arthur Keller:
Katie, the point is she's ruined any chance she ever had of getting along with the child. If you can see any point or purpose of her staying on here longer, it's more than I can.



Kate Keller:
What do you wish me to do?



Captain Arthur Keller:
I want you to give her notice!



Kate Keller:
I can't.



Captain Arthur Keller:
Then if you won't, I must!

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Kate Keller:
What are you saying to her?



Annie Sullivan:
Oh, I was just making conversation. Telling her it was a sewing card.



Kate Keller:
Does that mean that to her?



Annie Sullivan:
Oh, no, she won't know what spelling is till she knows what a word is.



Kate Keller:
The captain says it's like spelling to a fence post.



Annie Sullivan:
Does he now? It's how I watch you talk to your baby.



Kate Keller:
The baby?



Annie Sullivan:
Any baby. It's gibberish. Grown-up gibberish. Baby-talk gibberish. Do they understand one word of it to start? Somehow they begin to if they hear it. I'm letting Helen hear it.



Kate Keller:
Other children are not impaired.



Annie Sullivan:
Oh, there's nothing impaired in her head. It works like a mousetrap.



Kate Keller:
Then when will she learn?



Annie Sullivan:
Maybe after a million words.

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Annie Sullivan:
[after a breakthrough with Helen] Now all I have to teach you is one word - everything.

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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:
Finding out if she's ticklish? She is. What is it, a game?



Annie Sullivan:
An alphabet.



James Keller:
Alphabet?



Annie Sullivan:
[finger-spelling to Helen] For the deaf.



Annie Sullivan:
[after Helen finger-spells back to her] Oh, how bright she is!



James Keller:
You think she knows what she's doing? She's a monkey. She imitates everything.



Annie Sullivan:
Yes, she's a bright little monkey, all right!



James Keller:
She wants her doll back.



Annie Sullivan:
After she spells it.



James Keller:
Spells? She doesn't know the thing has a name, even.



Annie Sullivan:
Of course not. Who expects her to now? I just want her fingers to learn the letters.



James Keller:
She doesn't seem to like that alphabet very much, Miss Sullivan. Did you invent it yourself?



Annie Sullivan:
Spanish monks under a vow of silence, which I wish you'd take!

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