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Chapter 12


the little girl you have adopted I suppose.”

“Yes, this is Anne Shirley,” said Marilla. M6

Mrs. Barry shook hands kindly.

“How are you?”

“I am well in body although considerably rumpled up in spirit, thank you, ma’am,” said Anne gravely. N6

Diana was sitting on the sofa, reading a book which she dropped when the callers entered. She was a very pretty little girl with black eye her mother’s black eyes and hair, and rosy cheeks, and the merry expression which was her inheritance from her father.

“This is my little girl, Diana,” said Mrs. Barry. “Diana, you might take


LMM Notes

LMM Note M6
"Spelled with an e," gasped Anne, who, tremulous and excited as she was, was determined there should be no misunderstanding on that important point.

Mrs. Barry, not hearing or not comprehending, merely shook hands and said kindly,

LMM Note N6
Then aside to Marilla in an audible whisper, "There wasn't anything startling in that, was there, Marilla?"


Either a dip of her pen in new ink, or perhaps the passage of time between the writing of the previous passages and this one, explains the change in the tone of the ink on the bottom half of this page.