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Chapter 11


while I was away,” she explained. “And now about the Sunday school. I behaved well, just as you told me. Mrs. Lynde was gone but I went right on by myself. I went into the church, and I with a lot of other little girls, and I sat in a corner of a pew by the window while the opening exercises went on. Mr. Bell made an awfully long prayer. I would have been dreadfully tired before he got through if I hadn’t been sitting by that window. But it looked right out on the graveyard Lake of Shining Waters, so I just gazed at that and imagined all sorts of splendid things.”

“You shouldn’t have done anything of the sort. You should have listened to Mr. Bell.”


a brightly lit church pew, with hymnals, and a window in the background

"a pew by the window": One of the pews, near a window, in the Cavendish United Church, 2014.
Anne Victoria Photography