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Chapter 1


Mrs. Rachel would have liked to stay until Matthew came home (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)with his imported orphan. (end superscript)But reflected that it would be a good two hours at least before his arrival she concluded to go up the road to Robert Bell’s and tell them the news. So she took It would make certainly make a sensation second to none and Mrs. Rachel dearly loved to make a sensation. So she took herself away to somewhat to Marilla’s relief, for the latter felt her doubts rev and fears reviving under the influence of Mrs. Rachel’s pessimism.

“Well, of all the things that ever were or will be!” ejaculated Mrs. Rachel, “It does when she was safely out in the lane. “It really does seem as if I must be dreaming. Well, I’m sorry for that poor child young one and no mistake. Matthew and Marilla don’t know anything


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Maud Whitmore as Mrs. Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript), 1967. Learn more about the musical.
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