Beautiful Dreamer is the story of an Autistic savant girl named Annabel who develops unusual and extraordinary skills, and the bond of love between her and her older brother Samuel in the latter 1800’s, as well as a portrayal of the many people sheMoreBeautiful Dreamer is the story of an Autistic savant girl named Annabel who develops unusual and extraordinary skills, and the bond of love between her and her older brother Samuel in the latter 1800’s, as well as a portrayal of the many people she comes in contact with whose hearts and lives are touched, and even in some cases changed through her existence.
The story of a small insignificant person who did nothing but obey the natural, God given instincts and gifts she was endowed with to unwittingly influence and change her part of the world as told through the eyes of her older brother Samuel, who takes on the responsibilities of a U.S. Marshal in order to bring law and order to a land overrun with ruthless cattle and land barons as well as crafty businessmen trying to cash in on the silver and gold mines by attempting to introduce hydraulic mining into the Comstock area.While they were still small children, Annabel and Samuel’s parents are killed by a land grabbing rancher, who sends his henchmen to drive the occupants off of their land for refusing to sell their homestead in Nevada.
The two children, a girl and a boy, escape with their grandfather returning to New Orleans, where they originated. Their father was the son of Scottish immigrants and their mother, born in New Orleans, was French.Their French maternal grandfather brings them to live in the city of New Orleans to raise them, in hopes that someday they may return to their stolen property and get back what is rightfully and lawfully theirs.
With help from his sister and their family the grandfather raises and educates the two as best he can, the girl being much more difficult because of her autistic condition. After bringing her to see various doctors who examine the girl, and getting conflicting diagnoses, the grandfather is at wits end not knowing what to do with her.Although he loves her very much, she is not capable of understanding that those who are trying to help her love her, and has not responded encouragingly to treatment.
She does attend a school in New Orleans, however, but suffers the harassment and teasing of some of the other children.Her teacher tries to protect her from this cruel treatment and is persecuted by the parents of the other children. All decide it is best for her to have a private tutor, who is hired and paid for by the grandfather, who seems to have some secret source of money, and has invested in the lumber business in New Orleans.It is during this time that Margaret takes Annabel to listen to a pianist’s rendition of the song “Beautiful Dreamer”, compIn the 1800’s Autism was not a known word.
There were no “Autistic” children as the word had yet to have been invented. People who today we call “Autistic” were called “idiots”, or in the case of having some extraordinary gift or skill, “idiot savants”. Today we call them “Autistic Savants”. The word savant means “learned person” and originally comes from the French word for knowing.The behavior of an autistic savant is usually typical for Autism except for the special skill.
There are a number of skills that the autistic savant can show. One of the most common of skills is what is called splinter memory, where the savant can quickly memorize every detail of a favorite subject. Autistic savants may also show extraordinary ability in Mathematics, Art, Music and language learning.In the story, Annabel is an Autistic savant who displays unique and surprising abilities that appear in different times of her life as she grows and matures.
To the general public of the 1800’s this could have been considered very strange, and in more superstitious societies possibly occultism.