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Chapter 23 - (VERSO)

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“And that is just why you should be sorry for me,” said Anne, “because the thought that it is all my own fault is what makes it so hard. If I could blame it on anybody else I would feel so much better. But what would you have done, Marilla, if you had been dared to walk a ridge-pole?”

“I’d have stayed on good firm ground and let them dare away. Such absurdity!” said Marilla.

Anne sighed.

“But you have such strength of mind, Marilla. I haven’t. I just felt that I couldn’t bear Josie Pye’s scorn. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)A14(end superscript) And I think I have been punished so much that you needn’t be very cross with me, Marilla. It’s not a bit nice to faint, after all. And the doctor hurt me dreadfully when he was setting my ankle. I won’t be able to go around


LMM Notes

LMM Note A14
She would have crowed over me all my life.


"setting my ankle": Anne likely would have endured this "setting" without any kind of anesthesia. The doctor would have manually manipulated her foot until the bones were re-aligned, judging their placement by hand alone. The doctor would have wrapped the joint in bandages and may have fashioned a splint or brace with wood or leather pieces, or he may have formed a cast from plaster of Paris. Rest was the safest and likeliest cure for a broken ankle.