A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family Setting & Symbolism

Lou Ann Walker
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Montpelier, Indiana

The small town of Montpelier is where Lou Ann grows up. Her extended family is always close at hand, who help assist her deaf parents. The community is accustomed to her parents' condition, and so she does not feel embarrassed or out of place.

Harvard University

After two years at Ball State in Indiana, Lou Ann transfers to Harvard to study comparative literature. She experiences culture shock by going east.

TTY

A TTY is a teletype machine which prints out phone messages for the deaf. The Walkers use this in their home.

Qualifications Day at the Indy-500, 1951

Qualifications Day at the Indianapolis-500, 1951, is a very significant day in the life of the Walkers, as this is the day Gale chooses to propose to Doris Jean while on a picnic.

Baby Cry Box

A baby cry box, which is bought at great cost by the Walkers, is...

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