Act Three: Revolution!

Story 5 Night-Writing – as told by Captain Charles Barbier, 1822

As a former captain in the French Revolution, Barbier  invented his system of raised dot letters in order to convey military intelligence that could be read in the dark. After the war he thought to bring his system to the school for the blind in Paris where little Louis Braille was a student.

Story 6 The Awl – as told by Louis Braille, 1829

He blinded himself at age three and began work on his writing system at age 13 after Barbier’s demonstration. But the school was now run by petty pedagogues who banned this new system as being distasteful. Braille must therefore teach his superior system under cover of dark and secrecy.


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