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An Essay on the Instruction and Amusements of the Blind (Paperback) Loot Price: R251
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An Essay on the Instruction and Amusements of the Blind (Paperback): Guilli (Sbastien), Guilli
An Essay on the Instruction and Amusements of the Blind (Paperback): Guilli (Sbastien), Guilli

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An Essay on the Instruction and Amusements of the Blind (Paperback)

Guilli (Sbastien), Guilli

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V Parallel between the State of the Blind and that of the Deaf and Dumb People are constantly asking us, which are the most unhappy, the deaf and dumb, or the blind? To what is the gaiety of the one and the profound melancholy of the other owing? We shall resolve this question to the advantage of the blind, because we really think them less unhappy. Strangers to all that passes around them, the deaf and dumb, who see everything, enjoy nothing. Like Tantalus, whom fiction represents as devoured by an inextinguishable thirst in the midst of water, they are continually subjected to cruel privations. An insurmountable barrier separates them from the rest of mankind; they are solitary in the midst of us, unless we know that artificial language which the talent and charity of their ingenious teacher has created for them; and the habit which they have of reading the countenance is even very often a subject of anxiety to them. They do not always guess right; doubt and uncertainty increase their impatience and suspicions: a serious cast, like melancholy, then invades their countenance, and proves that with us they are in a real state of privation. Obliged to concentrate their thoughts in themselves, the activity of their imagination is thus greatly increased; and as attention and judgment necessarily follow the perception of ideas, they fatigue themselves prodigiously. Few deaf and dumb persons, therefore, are to be found in the lists of longevity, because the frictions are too lively, and to use a common, but exact expression, the sword wears the scabbard. The blind, more favoured than these children of silence, enjoy all the means of communication with other men. No obstacle hinders them from hearing or being heard, since the ear, which has been so philos...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: Guilli (Sbastien) • Guilli
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 32
ISBN-13: 978-1-4588-1082-3
Barcode: 9781458810823
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History
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Books > History > General
LSN: 1-4588-1082-8

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