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talk it over. We are going to keep them all (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)sacredly(end superscript) and have them to read to our descendants. We each write under a nom-de-plume. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Mine is Rosamond Montmorency.(end superscript) All the girls do pretty well. Ruby Gillis is rather sentimental. She puts too much love making into her stories and you know too much is worse than too little. Jane never puts any because she says it makes her feel so silly when she has to read it out aloud. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Jane’s stories are extremely sensible.(end superscript) Then Diana puts too many murders into hers. She says most of the time she doesn’t know what to do with the people so she kills them off to get rid of them.(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough) T15

“I think this story writing business is the foolishest yet,” scoffed Marilla. “You’ll get a pack of nonsense into your heads and waste time that


LMM Notes

LMM Note T15
I mostly always have to tell them what to write about but that isn't hard for I've millions of ideas."


"Nom-de-plume": It is ironic that Montgomery writes about Anne’s pen name in a manuscript where Montgomery has preserved her own struggles to find the right nom-de-plume, testing Maud Eglinton and Maud Cavendish in different stories.