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Chapter 18

“He’s gone to harness the sorrel mare to go to Carmody for the doctor,” said Anne, who was hurrying on hood and jacket. G10

“I don’t believe he’ll find the doctor at Carmody,” sobbed Diana. “I know that Dr. Blair went to town and I guess Dr. Spencer would go, too. Young Mary Joe never saw anybody with croup and Mrs. Lynde is away. Oh, Anne![“]

“Don’t cry, Di,” said Anne cheerily. “I know exactly what to do for croup. You forget that Mrs. Hammond had twins three times. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)H10 (end superscript)They all had croup regularly. Just wait till I get the ipecac bottle—you mayn’t have any at your house. Come on now.”

The two little girls hastened out hand in hand and hurried


LMM Notes

LMM Note G10
"I know it as well as if he’d said so. Matthew and I are such kindred spirits I can read his thoughts without words at all[.]"

LMM Note H10
when you look after three pairs of twins you naturally get a lot of experience.


an old fashioned glass bottle with a gilt label, filled partway with a brown liquid

"ipecac bottle": Syrup derived from the ipecac plant (no longer recommended as a home remedy) was commonly used as an expectorant, helping to reduce swelling and loosen phlegm. It was also used, in case of poisoning, as an emetic, to cause vomiting. The bottle here was likely used by a druggist, who would fill smaller bottles from this large one.
Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution