GENIE: THE FERAL CHILD
In 1970 Los Angeles, the famous “feral child” Genie Wiley was found after being isolated in her room by her father for almost her entire thirteen years of life. Having had no contact with the outside world, Genie was unable to speak or carry on normal interactions with other people. In one documentary, footage of Genie moving with an awkward rabbit-like walk can be seen. Her hands in front of her like paws and a halting gait. She was said to sometimes rub her face spastically when she was angry, and she constantly spat and sniffed.
Despite her disabilities, or perhaps because of them, Genie had a strange allure that drew others to her. There were stories of doctors wishing to adopt her as their own and of complete strangers feeling compelled to give her gifts. This “feral” girl was unique and beautiful.
Clare at Eight: Are you married?
Henry DeTamble: Yes, I am.
Clare at Eight: Is your wife a time traveler?
Henry DeTamble: No. No, thank God.
Clare at Eight: Do you love her?
Henry DeTamble: Yes. Very much. What’s wrong?
Clare at Eight: Nothing. I was just hoping you’re married to me.
-Time Traveler’s Wife
the book > movie.