Story 1 How I Became a Cyclops – as told by an unnamed young man, 1771
An inmate of the hospice for the blind in Paris called the Hospice of the Quinze-Vingts, has been rounded up with his buddies by an enterprising showman (The Maestro) to participate in a spectacle. Things go awry!
Story 2 Letters for the Blind or Three Dead at Figaro – as told by Valentin Haüy, 1784
The man who would be known as the Father and Apostle of the blind reflects on the incident that prompted him to promise to “make the blind read” and why it is as yet unfulfilled.