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Chapter 29 - (VERSO)

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if she does we’ll have the time of our lives, Anne. I’ve never been to an Exhibition and iits it’s so aggravating to hear the other girls talking about their trips. trips. Jane and Ruby have been twice and they’re going this year again.”

“I’m not going to think about it at all until I know whether I can go or not,” said Anne resolutely. “If I did and then was disappointed, it would be dreadful more than I could bear. But in case I do go I’m (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)very(end superscript) glad my new coat will be ready by that time. Marilla didn’t think I needed needed a new coat.  (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)P16(end superscript) But Matthew said I must have one (begin superscript)a new coat(end superscript), so Marlla Marilla bought a lovely piece of blue broadcloth, and it’s being made by a real dressmaker over at


LMM Notes

LMM Note P16
She said my old one would do very well for another winter and that I ought to be satisfied with having a new dress. The dress is very pretty, Diana—navy blue and made so fashionably. Marilla always makes my (begin strikethrough)dress(end strikethrough) dresses fashionably now, because she says she doesn’t intend to have Matthew going to Mrs. Lynde to make them. I’m so glad. It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable. At least, it is easier for me. I suppose it doesn’t make such a difference to naturally good people.


"blue broadcloth": Broadcloth was a common, plain-woven (meaning warp and weft threads cross at right angles in an even over-under pattern) fabric, usually made from wool. It is used often to make coats and suits, and would certainly have met Marilla's desire to get Anne serviceable garments. However, Marilla did allow for a nicer colour, and she is having the coat made elsewhere, showing a bit of fashion compromise on her part.