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Chapter 26 - (VERSO)

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would not “speak” to Anne Shirley all the rest of the winter. With the exception of this these trifling frictions, work in Miss Stacy’s little kingdom went on with regularity and smoothness.

The winter weeks slipped by. It was an unusually warm mild winter, with so little snow that Anne and Diana could go to school nearly every day by way of the Birch Path. On Anne’s birthday they were tripping lightly down it, keeping eyes and ears alert amid all their chatter, for Miss Stacy had told them that they must soon write a composition on “A Winter’s Walk in the Woods” and it behooved them to be observant.

“Just think, Diana. I’m thirteen years old to-day,” remarked Anne in


all caps title of Montgomery's essay

"A Winter’s Walk in the Woods": In 1909, Montgomery would write essays about the woods in the four seasons; all four would be published in the Canadian Magazine in 1911 (the title of the article, here, notes that she is the "author of 'Anne of Green Gables' etc."). Montgomery borrowed from these essays when she wrote the John Foster pieces in The Blue Castle (1926). One of the most densely poetic seasonal descriptions in the novel, the opening passages of Chapter 31, used many images from her own "The Woods in Winter." Epperly, Through Lover’s Lane, p. 162.
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