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Chapter 30 - (VERSO)

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Miss Stacy to forgive me and I’d never do such a thing again; and I offered to do penance by never so much as looking at Ben Hur for a whole week, not even to see how the chariot race turned out. But Miss Stacy said she wouldn’t require that and she forgave me freely. So I think it wasn’t very kind of her to come up here to you about it after all.”

“Miss Stacy never mentioned such a thing to me, Anne, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and it’s only your guilty conscience that’s’ the matter with you. (end superscript)You have no business to be taking story books to school. You read too many novels anyhow. When I was a girl I wasn’t so much as allowed to look at a novel.”

“Oh, how can you call Ben Hur a novel when it’s really such a religious book?” protested Anne. Of course it’s a little too exciting to be proper reading for Sunday and I only read it on week-days. And I never read any book now


dramatic photo of the chariot race, with the horses racing towards the viewer, Ben Hur behind, with the stands in the distance

"how the chariot race turned out": The climax of the novel (and its later adaptations) is dramatized here in an illustration from the 1880s by E. Cameron.
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