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Chapter 26 - (VERSO)

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should be put on your lessons. Reading stories is bad enough but writing them is worse.”

“But we’re so careful to put a moral into them all, Marilla,” explained Anne. “(begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)I insist upon that.(end superscript) All the good people are rewarded and all the bad ones are (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)suitably(end superscript) punished. I’m sure that must have a wholesome effect. The moral is the (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)great(end superscript) thing. Mr. Allan says so. I read one of my stories to him and Mrs. Allan and they both agreed that the moral was excellent. Diana wrote Only they laughed in the wrong wrong places. I like it better when people cry. Jane and Ruby almost always cry when I come to the sad pathetic parts. Diana wrote her Aunt Josephine about our club and


"Reading stories is bad enough but writing them is worse": The author laughing at (but also acknowledging) those strict and judgmental people who think of any fiction as "a pack of lies."