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Chapter 14


That dinner was a very dismal meal. X7

When her dishes were washed and her set and her hens fed Marilla remembered that she had noticed a small rent in her best black lace shawl when she had taken it off on Monday afternoon on returning from the Ladies’ Aid. She would go and mend it.

The shawl was in a box in her trunk. As Marilla lifted it out the sunlight, falling through the vines that clustered thickly about the window, struck upon something caught in the shawl—something that glittered and sparkled in facets of violet light. Marilla snatched at it with a gasp. It was the amethyst brooch,


LMM Notes

Note X7
The only cheerful thing about it was Jerry Buote, the hired boy, and Marilla resented his cheerfulness as a personal interest.

[Montgomery changed the word "interest" to "insult" for the published novel, probably when she was proofing or typing the text.]


A long pantry with shelves of dishes and pans

"her bread sponge set": soft bread could be obtained by preparing a "sponge" the day before finishing and baking. The sponge was a mixture of flour, water, yeast or sourdough, and sometimes eggs or milk. The mixture was left in a covered bowl in the pantry (here, the pantry at Green Gables Heritage Place) or near the stove. In the morning, when the mixture was bubbling and fragrant, one would add flour, then knead, and let the dough let rise again before baking.
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