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Chapter 2


in and gone half an hour ago,” answered that (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)brisk(end superscript) official. “But there was a passenger dropped off for you—a little girl. She’s sitting out there on the shingles. I asked her to go into the ladies’ waiting-room but she informed me (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)­gravely(end superscript) that she preferred to stay outside. ‘There was more scope for imagination,’ she said. She’s a case I should say.”

“I’m not expecting a girl,” said Matthew blankly. “It’s a boy I’ve expect come for. He should be here. Mrs. Alexander Spencer was to bring him over from Nova Scotia for me.”

The station master whistled.

“Guess there’s some mistake,” the he stationmaster said.” Mrs. Spencer came off the train with that girl and gave her into my charge. Said you and your sister were adopting her from an orphan asylum and



"scope for imagination": Adapted from Lawrence Sterne's Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, chapter 42, but this phrase lives now because millions of people identify it with Anne Shirley.