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Chapter 2


just makes me feel glad to be alive — it’s such an interesting world[.] (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)J1(end superscript) But am I talking too much? Peofple People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn’t talk? If you say so I’ll stop. K1

Matthew, much to his own surprise, was enjoying himself. Like most quiet folks he liked talkative people when they were willing to do the talking themselves (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)L1(end superscript) But he had never expected to enjoy the society of a girl little girl. He det Women were bad enough in all conscience but little girls were worse. He detested the way they had of sidling past him timidly, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)with sidewise glances(end superscript) as if they expected him to gobble them up at a mouthful if they ventured to say a word. That was the Avonlea type of well-bred little girl. But this red freckled witch





LMM Notes

LMM Note J1
It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about it, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)would it?(end superscript) There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?

LMM Note K1
I can stop when I make up my mind to it, although it's difficult.

LMM Note L1
and did not expect him to (begin strikethrough) do any(end strikethrough) keep up his end of it.