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Chapter 26 - (VERSO)

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“I shouldn’t say there was a great deal,” was Marilla’s encouraging answer. “I’m sure Mrs. Allan was never such a silly forgetful little girl as you are.”

“No; but she wasn’t always as good as she is now,” said Anne seriously. “She told me so herself—that is, she said she was a dreadful mischief when she was a girl and always getting into trouble scrapes. I felt so encouraged when I heard that. Is it very bad wicked of me, Marilla, to feel encouraged when I hear that other people have been bad and mischievous? Mrs. Lynde says it is. Mrs. Lynde says she always feels shocked when she hears of anyone ever having been naughty, no matter how small they were. Mrs. Lynde says she once heard


"is it very wicked of me, Marilla": Anne's question suggests her training in moral readings like Pilgrim's Progress or The Young Disciple, or Memoir of Anzonetta B. Peters.