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Chapter 3


Well, Well, there’s no need to cry so about it.”

“Yes, there is need! (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)E2(end superscript) You would cry, too, if you were an orphan and had come to a place you thought was going to be home and found they didn’t want you because you weren’t a boy.” F2

“Well, don’t cry any more. We’re not going to turn you out-of-doors to-night. You’ll have to stay here until we investigate this affair. What’s your name?”

The child hesitated for a moment.

“Will you please call me Cordelia,” she said eagerly.

Call you Cordelia! Is that your name?”

“No-o-o, it’s not exactly my name, but I would love to be called Cordelia. It’s such a perfectly elegent elegant name.”

“I don’t know what on earth you mean. If Cordelia isn’t your name


LMM Notes

LMM Note E2
The child raised her head (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)quickly,(end superscript) revealing a tear-stained face and trembling lips. " (begin strikethrough)You would cry(end strikethrough)

LMM Note F2
Oh, this is the most tragical thing that ever happened to me."

Something like a (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)reluctant(end superscript) smile, rather rusty from long disuse, mellowed Marilla's grim expression.