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Chapter 2


people call it Barry’s Pond?”

“I reckon because Mr. Barry lives up there in that house. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Orchard Slope’s the name of his place.(end superscript) If it wasn’t for that big bush behind it you could see Green Gables from here. But we have to go over the bridge and round by the road, so it’s near half a mile further.”

“Has Mr. Barry any little girls? Well, not so very little either — about my size.”

“He’s got one about eleven. Her name is Laura Gertrude. Diana.”

“Oh!” with a long indrawing of breath. “What a perfectly lovely name!”

“Well, now, I dunno. There’s something dreadful dreadful heathenish about it, seems to me. I’d ruther Jane or Mary or some sensible name like that.” W1


LMM Notes

LMM Note W1
But when Diana was born there was a schoolmaster boarding there and they gave him the naming of her and he called her Diana."

“I wish there had been a schoolmaster like that around when I was born then.


"Diana": Montgomery clearly considered and then reconsidered what to name Diana.