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Chapter 3


came back presently and they sat down to supper. But Anne could not eat. J2

“You’re not eating anything,” said Marilla sharply, eyeing her as if it were a serious shortcoming.

Anne sighed.

“I can’t. I’m in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?”

“I’ve never been in the depths of despair so I can’t say,” responded Marilla.

“Then I don’t think you can understand what‘s it’s like. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling indeed. When you try to eat a lump comes right up in your throat and you can’t swallow anything, not even if it was a chocolate caramel. I had one chocolate caramel once two years ago and it was simply delicious. I’ve often dreamed since then that I had a lot of chocolate caramels but I always wake up just when


LMM Notes

LMM Note J2
In vain she nibbled at the bread and butter and picked at the crab-apple preserve out of the little scallopped [sic] dish by her plate. She did not really make any headway at all.

LMM Note K2
"Weren't you? Well, did you ever try to imagine you were in the depths of despair"?

"No, I didn't."


"58a": Montgomery evidently re-numbered (and mixed up) pages 58b, 59a, 59b. The pages were then mixed up in the stack. We have left them in the order they appear, when the order should be 59a, 58b, 59b.