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Chapter 24 - (VERSO)

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any of my own. It’s necessary for a fairy to have slippers (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)you know(end superscript) (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Q14(end superscript) We are going to decorate the hall with creeping spruce and fir mottoes with pink tissue-paper roses in them. And we are all to march in two by two after the audience is seated, while Emma White plays a march on the organ. Oh, Marilla, I know you are not so enthusiastic about it as I am, but don’t you hope your little Anne will distinguish herself?”

“All I hope is that you’ll behave yourself. I’ll be heartily glad when all this fuss is over and you’ll be able to settle down. You are simply good for nothing just now with your head stuffed full of dialogues (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and groans (end superscript)and tableaus. As for your tongue, it’s a marvel it’s not clean worn out.”

Anne sighed and betook herself to the back yard (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)R14(end superscript) where Matthew


LMM Notes

LMM Note Q14
You couldn't imagine fairies, wearing boots, could you? Especially with copper toes?

LMM Note R14
over which a young new moon was shining through the leafless poplar boughs from (begin strikethrough)the west(end strikethrough) an apple-green western sky, and


"copper toes" [in Q14]: Anne could be talking about literally copper-toed (i.e., metal-reinforced) boots, or she could be referring more generally to her rounded-toe, sturdy looking boots in juxtaposition with the dainty, pointed-toe slipper she would love to own.


"fir mottoes": An artistic phrase of Montgomery's invention or one with possible roots in heraldry, to refer to stamped symbols, scrolls, and sayings.


newsprint text about the Cavendish school's concert

"stuffed full of dialogues": A long article in The Daily Examiner in July of 1890, lists all of the recitations, dialogues, and songs that the Cavendish schoolchildren shared at their concert. According to the list, Montgomery played two songs (the "Swedish Wedding March" and a medley), recited a speech called "Buckwood's Wedding" with classmate Garfield Stewart and did one solo recitation, "Over the Hills to the Poor-house."

The clipping here says that the "lengthy and varied programme was rendered with great spirit and success by the scholars."
Island Newspapers