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Chapter 20

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Mr. Silas Sloane’s place, the Mayflowers blossomed out, pink and white stars of sweetness under their brown leaves. All the school girls and boys had one golden afternoon gathering them, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)Z11

“I’m so sorry for people who live in lands where there are no Mayflowers,” said Anne. “Diana says perhaps they have something better but there couldn’t be anything better than Mayflowers, could there, Marilla? Do you know And Diana says if they don’t know what they are like they don’t miss them. But I think that is the saddest thing of all. I think it would be tragic, Marilla, not to miss know what Mayflowers are like and not to miss them. Do you know what I think Mayflowers are, Marilla? I think they must be the souls of the flowers


LMM Notes

LMM Note Z11
coming home in the clear, echoing twilight with arms and baskets full of flowery spoil.

[Notes in this chapter range from Z11 to J12,on Notes pages 88-90.]


"251": Corrected to 351. All the pages in this chapter show Montgomery changing what was a “2” at the beginning to a “3,” with varying degrees of success.


"Mayflowers": Another name for trailing arbutus. The small, waxy pink and white flowers have intensely sweet perfume and seem to bloom best in damp or inhospitable ground.