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

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than the last. When Prissy Andrews, “climbed the slimy attired in a new pink silk waist with a string of pearls about her smooth white throat and real carnations in her hair, “climbed —rumour whispered that the master had sent all the way to town for them for her—”climbed the slimy ladder, dark without one ray of light,” Anne shivered in luxurious sympathy; when the choir sang “Far above the Gentle Daisies,” Anne gazed at the ceiling as if it were frescoed with angels; when Sam Sloane proceeded to explain and illustrate “How Sockery Set a Hen” Anne laughed until people sitting near her laughed, too, more out of sympathy


"climbed the slimy ladder, dark without one ray of light": A misquotation, whether Prissy’s or Montgomery’s we cannot be sure, from "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight," which, as the Annotated Anne points out, says "climbed the dusty ladder, on which fell no ray of light" (p. 216, n. 9).


ornate text with lots of scrolls next to a small illustration of a house

"Far Above the [Gentle] Daisies": An 1869 song with lyrics by George Cooper and music by Harrison Millard. The cover of the sheet music for the song notes that it is a "companion" to "Under the Daisies."
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"How Sockery Set a Hen": An 1870s piece written in dialect meant to render even funnier the comic situation of a man who tries to slip eggs under a roosting hen but falls into a barrel and gets stuck there, to the amusement of his wife and neighbour.