that your fall off the Barry roof hasn’t injured your tongue at all.”
Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get up a Concert.
It was October again when Anne was ready to go back to school—a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)delicate(end superscript) mists (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)I14(end superscript) –amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of(begin subscript) ^(end subscript)(begin superscript)many-stemmed(end superscript)
the woods to run crisply through. The Birch Path was a canopy of yellow and the ferns were sere and brown all along it. There was a tang in the (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)very(end superscript) air that inspired the hearts of small maidens tripping, unlike snails, swiftly and willingly to school; and it was jolly to be back again at the little brown desk beside Diana, with Ruby Gillis
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as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain—
[Montgomery's Notes in this chapter range from I14-R14;Notes pages 102-103.]
"unlike snails": A laughing allusion to Shakespeare’s As You Like It, (II.vii.145-46), describing humorously the second of the seven ages of man: "And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel / And shining morning face, creeping like snail / Unwillingly to school."