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In the story Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris a young boy named Theo is struggling in his senior year of high school Not only because of the choices he has to make for which college to go to He also has to live with the stress of having to be his familys interpreter both his parents and younger brother are deaf His mother Palma is very self-absorbed and careless to see and care about others feelings Theo sees a young girl at the bus stop one day and is instantly attracted to her He begins to sign to himself but quickly stops when he realizes what he was doing They both see each other at school one day Ivy the girl from the bus stop signs HI to him He wasnt quite sure of what to do He eventually signs back with slight hesitation Ivy ends up being bilingual like him in both English and Sign language which made their relationship special because they share common interests Later in the story Thomas Theos dad gets ill he has a stroke while at Ivys house paralyzing his left side Palma frightened of her husbands conditions and the uncertainties she must face Unsure of what to do everything is left up to Theo once again They eventually hire Hazel and Harry a couple to help with Thomas in the afternoon Palma doesnt seem to like them as time passes so she stays in her studio all day Before Thomas became ill Theo wanted to leave and get away from the stress that Palma places upon him But once the accident happened he knew he would never be able to get out Ivy and Theo get into an argument and arent speaking On the day Thomas dies Theo walks into a shocking scene Palma and hazel talking in the kitchen about Palmas next art show Bewildered by what he has just seen Theo is oddly upset because
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