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Poem: "Weed by Weed"
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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: August 16th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
that the daughter speaks casually of looking at things now

I've been thinking about that sort of thing ever since I noticed that a woman I know, who has used a wheelchair pretty much all her life, talks casually about "walking around the yard" and "tripping over a hole in the ground".
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 17th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Different people deal with handicaps in different ways, and that can influence how they talk. In this case, a blind character has found substitutes for eyesight. What she winds up with is not quite the same as conventional vision, but close enough that she can adapt and think of it in similar ways.

Contrast that with Rai, over in Torn World, who thinks very strongly in terms of his other senses and only rarely pays attention to the vague visual images he can perceive.
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