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Chapter 32 - (VERSO)

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Two big tears rolled down Diana’s nose.

“If you would stop crying I could,” said Anne imploringly. “Just as soon as I put my hanky away I see you brimming up and that starts me off again. As Mrs. Lynde says, ‘If you can’t be cheerful be as cheerful as you can’. After all, it’s likely I dare say I’ll be back next year. This is one of the times I’m sure I know I’m not going to pass. They’re getting alarmingly frequent.”

“Why, you came out great splendidly in the exams Miss Stacy gave.”

“Yes, but those exams didn’t make me nervous. When I think of the real thing you can’t imagine what a an awful horrid, cold fluttery feeling comes round my heart.” V17

“I do wish I were going with you,”


LMM Notes

LMM Note V17
and then my number is thirteen and Josie Pye says it's so unlucky. I'm not superstitious and I know it can make no difference. But still I wish it wasn't thirteen."


a small slip of yellowed paper from the

"When I think of the real thing": Montgomery preserved a copy of her examination ticket in her scrapbook. She was number 32. The card reads:
"Education office
Charlottetown June 1893
On July 4th you will be expected to present yourself at Charlottetown for the Senior and Junior Examination Your number will be 32
D.J. McLeod
Chief Sup[erintendent] of Education."

(Detail from Blue Scrapbook, p. 8; Imagining Anne, p. 22)
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