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Chapter 10


a temper because you told me the truth. It was the truth; my hair every word you said was true[.] My hair is red and I’m freckled and skinny and ugly. What I said to you was true, too, but I shouldn’t have said it. Oh, Mrs. Lynde, please, please forgive me. If you refuse it will be a lifelong sorrow to me. You wouldn’t like to inflict a lifelong sorrow on a poor little orphan girl, would you? Oh, I am , even if she had a dreadful temper? Oh, I’m sure you wouldn’t.  Please say you forgive me, Mrs. Lynde.”

Anne clasped her hands together, bowed her head and waited for the word of judgment.


Anne, singing her apology on her knees and at the top of her lungs in front of Mrs. Lynde

"Oh, Mrs. Lynde": A scene from Anne of Green Gables–The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript). Anne's (sung) apology is as dramatic as the one in the manuscript. She sings,
"I don't deserve the human race
Just make my headstone common place
And print my name in lower case,
Without an "e", just leave a space.
Please, Mrs. Lynde, I know I've sinned.
Please, Mrs. Lynde, your rage rescind.
Please, Mrs. Lynde, I'm out of wind!
Please... Mrs.... Lynde!"
Confederation Centre of the Arts, photo by Louis Vessey