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Chapter 21


“Yes; but cakes have such a terrible habit of turning out bad when you especially want them to be good.” Sighed Anne (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)W12 (end superscript)”However, I suppose I shall just have to trust to Providence and be careful to put in the flour. Oh, look, Diana, what a lovely rainbow! Do you suppose the dryad will come out after we go away and take it for a scarf?”

“You know there is no such thing as a dryad,” said Diana. X12

“But it’s so easy to imagine there is,” said Anne, “Every night, before I go to bed, I look out of my window and wonder if the dryad is really sitting here, combing her locks (begin superscript)with the spring for a mirror. (end superscript)Sometimes I look for her foot[prints]_ in the dew in the morning. Oh, Diana, don’t give up your faith in the dryad.”


LMM Notes

LMM Note W12
setting a particularly well-balsamed twig afloat.

LMM Note X12
Diana's mother had found out about the Haunted Wood and had been decidedly angry over it. As a result Diana had abstained from any further imitative flights of imagination and did not think it prudent to cultivate a spirit of belief even in harmless dryads.


"foot[prints]": Leaving out the second part of a word suggests Montgomery was re-copying the page or simply that she was writing so quickly she did not notice the omission of the "prints."