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Chapter 32 - (VERSO)

516 90

“I’ll write Tuesday night and tell you how the first day goes,” said promised Anne.

“I’ll be haunting the post office on Wednesday,” said vowed Diana.

Anne went to town the following Monday and on Wednesday Diana haunted the post office, as agreed, and got her letter.

“Dearest Diana (wrote Anne),

Here it is Tuesday night and I’m writing this (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)in the library(end superscript) at Beechwood.. Last night I was horribly lonesome all alone in my room and wished so much you were with me. I couldn’t cram because I’d promised Miss Stacy not to, but it was (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)as(end superscript) hard to keep from opening my history as it used to be to keep from reading a story before my lessons were learned.

This morning Miss Stacy came


"90": Montgomery clearly meant "590."


sketch from a magazine with an elegant lady, in puffed sleeves, working on her correspondence at her desk

"got her letter": Anne likely took some joy in imagining she was a real lady, working on her correspondence each day. Montgomery pasted this illustration into her scrapbook (Blue Scrapbook p. 14; Imagining Anne, p. 29).
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"Dearest Diana": Montgomery includes the first quotation mark but does not add another one at the end of the letter. The first edition includes the quotation marks, starting with "here," but "here" is lower case, and the opening of the letter is not separated from the greeting as it is here.