Sir Walter Scott On The Deaf & Dumb

Sir Walter Scott in his novel "Peveril of the Peak," uses the following

language as to the deaf and dumb of his day:--"All knowledge is gained

by communication, either with the dead through books, or more pleasingly

through the conversation of the living. The deaf and dumb above are

excluded from improvement, and surely their institution is not enviable

that we should imitate them." Aristotle considered the deaf and dumb as

incapable of acquiring knowledge; while St. Augustine insisted that they

could not be instructed in the holy faith of the Catholic Church. Could

the worthies come back to this world they would be slightly amazed at

the practical refutation of their prophecies.