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Chapter 22 - (VERSO)

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time. I feel that I have not lived in vain, When I and I shall always feel like that even if I should never be invited to tea at a manse again. When I got there Mrs. Allan met me at the door. She was dressed in the sweetest dress of pale pink organdy, with dozens of frills and elbow sleeves, and she looked just like a seraph. I really think I’d like to be a minister’s wife when I grow up, Marilla. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)O13 (end superscript)But then one would have to be naturally good and I’ll never be that, so I suppose there’s no use in thinking about it. Some people are naturally good, you know and others are not. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)P13(end superscript)  Mrs. Allan is one of the naturally good people. I love her passionately. You know there are some people, like like Matthew and Mrs. Allan, that you can love right off,


LMM Notes

LMM Note O13
A minister mightn't mind my red hair because he wouldn't be thinking of such worldly things.

LMM Note P13
I'm one of the others. Mrs. Lynde says I’m full of original (begin strikethrough)thing(end strikethrough) sin. No matter how hard I try to be good I can never make such a success of it as those who are naturally good. It’s a good deal like geometry, I expect. But don’t you think the trying so hard ought to count for something?


"pale pink organdy": Another fine, lightweight dress cotton, with a lot of body (today, it is very stiff, almost like interfacing). Organdy was good for crisp pleats and folds and tucks that would rustle beautifully when one walked. Mrs. Allan's "dozens of frills" could be any number of gathered ruffles, pleats, and ruches.


"seraph": A type of angel.


"I'd like to be a minister's wife when I grow up, Marilla.": another laughing reference to her courtship with Ewan Macdonald?


"original sin" [in P13]: The belief held, more rigidly and literally by some than others, that all humans are born full of sin because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.