Warning: If you have a visual impairment, use the manuscript transcript version including the Lucy Maud Montgomery’s foot notes and contextual annotation references.

Chapter 19

Diana that we might sleep in the spare room bed. Think of the honour of your little Anne being put in the spare-room bed.”

“It’s an honour you’ll have to get along without. Go to bed, Anne, and don’t let me hear another word out of you.”

When Anne, had go with tears rolling over her cheeks, had gone sorrowfully upstairs, Matthew, who had been apparently sound asleep on the lounge during the whole dialogue, opened his eyes and said decidedly,

“Well, now, Marilla, I think you ought to let Anne go.”

“I don’t then,” retorted Marilla. “Who’s bringing this child up,


[blue 147]: Montgomery had evidently taken pages from a blank but page-numbered ledger, torn them in half, and written on them. The torn edge shows clearly. She preferred these smaller pages probably because they fit handily on the portfolio she used as a writing surface, though she later used large (bound) ledger pages for her own journaling.


black and white image of the corner of a room with a bookcase, table, sheer curtain and the upper, curved edge of a lounge

"sound asleep on the lounge": This could refer to the type of sofa kept in a kitchen where someone could rest, close to warmth, food preparation, or care. Or perhaps Montgomery is distinguishing it from the sofa kept in the kitchen—or maybe the two words were used interchangeably. In any case, in the Macneill place, there was a lounge in the sitting room, and you can just make out the curved back in this photo.
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph, L.M. Montgomery Collection