In Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, the most important day in her life was when she rediscovered language. She says that it literally set her free. The day happened when she had been having a particularly difficult lesson with Anne Sullivan, her teacher. Seeing that they needed a change of pace and a change of scenery, Ms. Sullivan takes Anne outside to the gardens. There is an old pump there. Anne primes the pump and water comes out of the spigot. Helen holds her hands under the water and Anne finger spells the words into Helen's hands. Finally, Helen understands. She has put the connection together at last. By her own account, she ran all over the garden and house having Anne tell her the words for everything.