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Chapter 29 - (VERSO)

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over to the restaurant accross across the street and had ice-cream it might help me. That sounded so prosaic; but to my surprise I found it true. The ice-cream was delicious, Marilla, Diana said and it was so lovely (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and dissipated(end superscript) to be sitting there eating it at eleven o’clock at night. Diana said she believed she was born for city life. Miss Barry asked me what my opinion was but I said I would have to think it over (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)very seriously (end superscript)before I could tell her what I really thought.  So I thought it over after I went to bed. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)That is the best time to think things out[.](end superscript) And I came to the conclusion, Marilla, that I wasn’t born for city life and that I was glad of it. It’s nice to be eating ice-cream at brilliant restaurants at eleven o’clock at night once in


Cluster of brick and stone buildings on a street corner, with spires, more buildings, and water in the background.

"the street": The corner of Great George and Richmond Streets in Charlottetown in 1894.
Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island, Acc3218/12


"brilliant restaurants": Electricity was still something found mostly in urban centres. Cavendish did not have electricity while Montgomery was growing up and living there. Montgomery did not have electricity in her first home in Ontario (Leaskdale, 1911–1926) but enjoyed it in Norval (1926–1935) and then Toronto (1935–1942).