“Then you really think I’d better let her stay home,” said Marilla in amazement.
“Yes. That is, I wouldn’t say school to her again until she said it herself.
She’ll cool Depend upon it, Marilla, she’ll cool off in a week or so and be ready enough to go back of her own accord, that’s what, while, if you were to make her go right back off, dear knows what freak she’d or tantrum she’d take next and make more trouble than ever. The less fuss made the better in my opinion. She won’t miss much by not going to school, Mr. Phillips as far as that goes. Mr. Phillips isn’t any good at all as a teacher. The order he keeps is scandalous, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)that’s what,(end superscript) and he neglects the young fry and puts all his time on those
"what freak or tantrum": While today, "freak" is often used as a derogatory noun or name for a particularly odd or abnormal person, the word's origins suggest more about a sudden change or distortion in a person's behavior.