- Elisheva is a savant.
- She has a trouble tying shoes and buttoning her shirt.
- She learns foreign languages very quickly.
In Zarephath she picks up Phoenician and does most of the talking. Does she give Elijah’s me too speech for him?
- She loves animals but she withdraws from people — all except Elijah.
“with all these creatures he kept up a most playful, loving style of conversation; though, often enough, any human beings about him, or such even as came to see him, were growled or grunted at in no social fashion.”
- mute but…Slowly, aided by his teachers, he learned to speak by the age of nine
- She stays close to Elijah because she feels safe with him.
Elijah picks grapes and lugs them to the wine press and help run the wine press — and Elisheva is always at his elbow working with him.
- Elijah teaches her to smile at people
* and look them in the eye.
* And not to stand in their space.
* But she looks at them too much so Elijah warns her she’s making them uncomfortable. They have a little signal between them when he tells her to back off or to move in.
“warned him that in his eagerness to make eye contact, he tended to stare too intently. “It’s like being on a tightrope,” he said. “If you try too hard, you’ll come off. But you have to try.”“
- Elijah tells her when her hair needs coming and makes sure she wears clean clothes.
- or cleans the dirt off the ones she has on.