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Chapter 11


those dresses carefully up in your closet and then sit down and learn the Sunday School lesson. I got a quarterly from Mr. Bell for you and you’ll go to Sunday School tomorrow,” said Marilla, disappearing downstairs in high dudgeon.

Anne clasped her hands and looked at the dresses.

“I did hope there would be a white one with puffed sleeves,” she whispered disconsolately. “I prayed for one but I didn’t ex much expect it on that account. I didn’t ex suppose God would have time to bother about any a little orphan girl’s dress. I knew I’d just have to depend on Marilla for it. Well, fortunately I can imagine that one of them is of snow-white muslin with lovely lace frills and three-puffed sleeves.”


"quarterly": Church publication, issued four times a year, containing children's Sunday School lessons and religious information used for instruction.


black and white illustration of two dresses with thin waists, sleeves with multiple puffs of fabric and gathered skirts

"three-puffed sleeves": Anne could be imagining a dress like one of these, from Harper's Bazaar (1892), with layers of puffs on each sleeve, or she might simply be embellishing on her own fantasy dress.