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Chapter 28

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a flowery prayer. But mine was answered for the flat bumped right into a pile for a minute and I flung the scarf and the shawl over my shoulder and scrambled up on a big (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Providential(end superscript) stub. And there I was, Mrs. Allan, clinging to that slippery old pile with no way of getting up or down. It was a very unromantic position but I didn’t think about that at the time. You don’t when you’re think much about romance when you have just escaped from a watery grave. I said a (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)grateful(end superscript) prayer at once and then I gave all my attention to holding on tight for I knew I should probably have to depend on human aid to get back to dry land.”

The flat drifted under the bridge and then promptly sank in mid-stream. Ruby, Jane and Diana, saw it already awaiting it on the lower


green-tinted sketch of a young boy rowing through a stream towards a girl clinging to a vertical log

"I gave all my attention to holding on tight": Hilton Hassel's illustration from the 1969 Ryerson edition, with Anne "holding on tight" to wait for "human aid."