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Chapter 27

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matter with you? What have you done? Get right up this minute and tell me. This minute, I say. There now what is it?”

Anne had slid to the floor in despairing obedience.

“Look at my hair, Marilla,” she whispered.

Accordingly, Marilla lifted her candle and looked (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)scrutinizingly(end superscript) at Anne’s hair, flowing in heavy masses down her back. It certainly had a very strange appearance.

“Anne Shirley, what have you done to your hair? Why, it’s green!”

Green it might be called, if it were any earthly colour—a queer, dull, bronzy green, with streaks here and there of the original red to heighten the ghastly effect. Never in all her life had Marilla seen anything so grotesque as Anne’s hair at that moment.


the set of Anne's room, Anne sits on the bed with bright green hair, Marilla looks on

"Why, it’s green!": Anne's hair in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript). AJ Bridel in the role of Anne and Susan Henley in the role of Marilla, The Charlottetown Festival 2018, Photo: Louise Vessey
Confederation Centre of the Arts