Not only is it difficult for the blind person to break away from a conversation to say – get another drink, or to speak to so-and-so – it is also difficult for the sighted person to break away leaving the blind person stood on their own.
p.98 Touching the Rock, John Hull
‘The sighted person can choose whom he wants to speak to.’ People ‘have a presence prior to his greeting them, and he can choose whether to turn that presence into a relationship by addressing his acquaintance’. ‘When you are blind, a hand suddenly grabs you. A voice suddenly addresses you.’ ‘There is no anticipation or preparation. There is no hiding around the corner.’
p.95 Touching The Rock, John Hull
As a sighted person, you are acknowledged by your friends with a smile, a nod, a wink or even the most fleeting of glances. To be acknowledged by my friends, I must be spoken to or touched.
p.66 John Hull. Touching the Rock
p.22 John Hull, Touching the Rock
The face no longer has the central place for me, which it has in normal human relationships.
I no longer have any natural sense of needing to be face to face.