Lesson 4 Seeing hands
First listen and answer the following question.
How did Vera disover she had this gift of second sight?
Several cases have been reported in Russia recently of people who can read and detect colours
with their fingers, and even see through solid doors and walls.
One case concerns an 11-year-old schoolgirl Vera Petrova,
who has normal vision but who can also perceive things with different parts of her skin, and
through solid walls.
This ability was first noticed by her father.
One day she came into his office and happened to put her hands on the door of a locked safe.
Suddenly she asked her father why he kept so many old newspapers locked away there,
and even described the way they were done up in bundles.
Vera's curious talent was brought to the notice of a scientific research institute in the town of
Ulyanovsk, near where she lives,
and in April she was given a series of tests by a special commission of the Ministry of Health of
the Russian Federal Republic.
During these tests she was able to read a newspaper through an opaque screen and, stranger
by moving her elbow over a child's game of Lotto she was able to describe the figures and colours
printed on it;
and, in another instance, wearing stockings and slippers,
to make out with her foot the outlines and colours of a picture hidden under a carpet.
Other experiments showed that her knees and shoulders had a similar sensitivity.
During all these tests Vera was blindfold; and indeed, except when blindfold she lacked the ability
to perceive things with her skin.
It was also found that although she could perceive things with her fingers this ability ceased the
moment her hands were wet.