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Chapter 23

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Allan has been to see me fourteen times. Isn’t that something to be proud of, Marilla (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)E14(end superscript) She is such a cheerful person to have visit you, too. She never tells you it’s your own fault and she hopes you’ll be a better girl on account of it. Mrs. Lynde always told me that when she came to see me (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)F14(end superscript) Even Josie Pye came to see me. I received her as politely as I could because I think she was sorry she dared me to walk a ridge-pole. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)G14(end superscript) Diana has been a faithful friend. She’s been over every day to cheer my lonely pillow. But oh, I shall be so glad when I can go to school for I’ve heard such exciting things about the new school teacher. The girls all think she is perfectly sweet. Diana says she has the loveliest fair (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)curly(end superscript) hair and such soulful fascinating eyes. She dresses beautifully and her sleeve puffs are


LMM Notes

LMM Note E14
when a minister's wife has so many claims on her time!

LMM Note F14
and she said it in a kind of way that made me feel she might hope I'd be a better girl but didn't really believe I would.

LMM Note G14
If I had been killed she would have had to carry a dark burden of remorse all her life[.]