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Chapter 1


This Job’s comforting seemed neither to offend nor alarm Marilla. She knitted steadily on.

“I don’t deny there’s something in what that what you say, Rachel. I’ve had some qualms myself. But Matthew was terrible set on it, and gave I could see that, so I gave in. It’s so seldom Matthew sets his mind on anything that when he does I always give feel it my duty to give in. As for the risks, there’s risks in pretty near everything a body does in this world. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Note U(end superscript) And then Nova Scotia is right close to the Island. It isn’t as if we were getting him from England or the States. He can’t be much different from ourselves.


LMM Notes

LMM Note U:
There's risks in people having children of their own if it comes to that—they don't always turn out well.


A "Job's comforter" is one who appears to give comfort while making matters worse. From the Biblical story of Job.