The Feral Child is an object of fascination for many theorists. The very idea of one raises speculations about what the human being apart from civilization would be like. But the actuality can be horrible, tragic, sickening.
Florida’s St. Petersburg Times recently published a long story on a child who seems to have had little social contact for the first five or six years of her life. This is a very difficult story to read, and even some actions of the remarkable people who have provided her with a home may raise questions in some minds. From her closet full of fluffy dresses and her Miss Kitty accoutrements to the couple’s other child, who has had serious sacrifices asked or imposed on him to accommodate her, the ending we see may contain signs of other problems. And it is also the case that we have little idea how she will develop.
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