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Chapter 3


Suddenly she seemed to grasp what had the full meaning of what had been said. Dropping her precious carpet-bag she sprang forward a step and clasped her hands.

“You don’t want me!” she cried.

“You don’t want me (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)because I’m not a boy!(end superscript) I might have expected it! Nobody ever did want me. I might have known it was all too beautiful to last. I might have known nobody really did want me. Oh, what shall I do? I’m going to burst into tears.”

Burst into tears she did. Sitting down on a chair by the table, flinging her arms out upon it and burying her face in them, she proceeded to cry stormily. Marilla and Matthew looked at each other (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)deprecatingly(end superscript) across the stove. Neither of them knew what to say or do. Finally Marilla stepped lamely into the breach.


photo of girl seated at a wooden table next to older woman, on stage

"burst into tears": Katie Kerr and Marlane O'Brien, from the 2013 production of Anne of Green Gables–The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript), just as Anne bursts into tears.
Confederation Centre of the Arts, photo by Dwane Brown Studio