The time she spent in Puerto Rico was the only extended period in Anne's life when she left behind the burden of her past and her busy life with Helen. It is the only significant occasion when she and Helen were separated from one another—Helen remained in Tuscumbia, Alabama. What we know of this period is found in wonderful letters that Anne brailled to Helen and Helen transcribed and responded to. These provide a very rare glimpse into Anne's own thoughts and feelings as well as her skill as a writer.
In the following letter Anne describes a rich, tropical paradise:
Dawn is creeping up the eastern border of the sky. I couldn't sleep, and I came out here on the porch to watch it. The orange grove and pineapple patch have a waiting, expectant look, as if they heard far-off the feet of day. The long banana leaves are reaching out to touch the breeze, as we stretch out our hands when we wake from sleep. The pineapples—about an acre of them—come up almost to the porch steps. As the sun climbs higher, the pineapple patch resembles a gorgeous Oriental rug. The orange grove is at my left. The dark glossy leaves are twinkling gently, showing the golden fruit they conceal.
....You will be interested to know, Helen, that after a tropical cloud-burst the pineapple-patch in front of the shack is like a rug woven of opals—can you imagine it? The rain-drops on the leaves reflect their brilliant colors. The banana-trees look and sound like fountains when the heavy rain pelts their emerald-green leaves.
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