This chapter focuses on the other half of the pair of blind twins discussed in the previous chapter—Gabrielle. Curiously, despite both sisters' insistence that they are, in fact, “identical” twins, Gabrielle possesses some rather striking physical differences from those of her sister, including a shorter stature. This situation alone bears some consideration with regards to a blind perception of what being “identical” means, especially in a world where so much stock is placed on appearances. Like her sister, Gabrielle also struggles to learn the “sighted” language, and what this means in a racial and gendered context. More profound still is her closeness with her twin sister Abigail, as their intimacy no doubt makes it easier for both of them to navigate the sighted world.
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