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Chapter 14


impossible to describe.

“Oh, Marilla, I’ve had a perfectly scrumptious time. (begin superscript)D8(end superscript) Everything was lovely. We had a splendid tea and Mr. Harmon Andrews took us all for a row on the Lake of Shining Waters – six of us at a time. (begin superscript)E8(end superscript) And we had ice-cream. Words fail me to describe that ice-cream.(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough) Marilla, I assure you it was sublime.”

That evening Marilla told the whole story to Matthew over her stocking basket.

“I’m willing to own up that I made a mistake,” she concluded (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)candidly,(end superscript) “but I’ve learned a lesson.(begin superscript)F8(end superscript) That child is hard to understand in some respects. But I believe she’ll turn out all right yet. And there’s one thing certain, no house will ever be dull that she’s in.”


LMM Notes

LMM Note D8
Scrumptious is a new word I learned to-day. I heard Mary Alice Bell use it. Isn't it very expressive?

LMM Note E8
and Jane Andrews nearly fell overboard. She was leaning out to pick water lilies and if Mr. Andrews hadn't caught her by her sash just in the nick of time she'd have fallen in and probably been drowned. I wish it had been me. It would be such a romantic experience to have been nearly drowned. It would be such a thrilling tale to tell.

LMM Note F8
I have to laugh when I think of Anne's 'confession' although I suppose I shouldn't for it really was a falsehood. But it doesn't seem as bad as the other would have been somehow, and anyhow I'm responsible for it.


“stocking basket”: Sewing basket kept especially for mending socks.


“And we had ice-cream”: The song “Ice-Cream” is one of the highlights of Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM

Description: A clip from a televised performance of "Ice-Cream" starring Anne (Gracie Finley) and Diana (Glenda Landry), 1970. They move in and out of a vine-covered white gazebo on a white soundstage singing: "Ice cream / Is anything more delectable than ice cream? / Why, even the most respectable / Eat ice cream / It's wonderful on a summer's afternoon / In June."