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Chapter 25

368(begin superscript)2?(end superscript) 442

betook himself to Carmody to buy buy the dress, determined to get the worst over and have done with it. It would be, he felt sure assured, no trifling ordeal. There were some things Matthew could buy but he knew and prove himself no mean bargainer; but he knew he would be at the mercy of shop-keepers when it came to buying a girl’s dress.

After much cogitation Matthew resolved to go to Samuel Lawson’s store instead of William Blair’s. To be sure, the Cuthberts had always gone to William Blair’s. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)U14(end superscript) But William Blair’s two daughters frequently waited on customers there and Matthew held them in absolute dread. He could contrive to deal with them when he knew exactly what he wanted and could point it out; but in such a matter as this,


LMM Notes

Note U14
; it was almost as much a matter of conscience with them as to attend the Presbyterian church and vote Conservative.


"2?": An interesting and unusual change. Did the inserted "2" refer to the "8" or to the initial "3"? Was Montgomery questioning the sequence or the single digit?


sepia image of a busy store with two long counters running parallel to a central aisle, many clerks helping shoppers

"William Blair's": The interior of the men's department at Holman's Department Store in Summerside, P.E.I., 1911. Note that all the clerks on the left are women.
Public Archives and Record Office of Prince Edward Island, Acc4226/6