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Chapter 26 - (VERSO)

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uncharitable speech, so I never mention her at all. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)O15 (end superscript)I’m trying to be as much like Mrs. Allan as I possibly can, for I think she’s perfect. Mr. Allan thinks so, too. Mrs. Lynde says he just worships the ground she treads on and she doesn’t really think it right for a minister to set his affections so much on a mortal being. But then, Diana, even ministers are human and have their besetting sins just like everybody else.” P15

“In four more years we’ll be able to put our hair up,” said Diana. “Alice Bell is only sixteen and she is wearing her hair up, but I think that’s ridiculous. I shall wait until I’m seventeen.”

“If I had Alice Bell’s crooked


LMM Notes

LMM Note O15
(begin strikethrough)Perhaps(end strikethrough) You may have noticed that.

LMM Note P15
I had such an (begin strikethrough)nice(end strikethrough) interesting talk with Mrs[.] Allan about besetting sins last Sunday afternoon. (begin strikethrough)My besetting(end strikethrough) There are just a few things it's proper to talk about on Sundays and that is one of them. My besetting sin is imagining too much and forgetting my duties. I'm (begin strikethrough)striving(end strikethrough) striving very hard to overcome it and now that I'm really thirteen perhaps I'll get on better[.]"


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"a minister to set his affections": Perhaps yet another laughing reference to her courtship with the Rev. Ewan Macdonald.