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Chapter 33

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getting all about herself and her troubles for the time, listened with rapt and shining eyes; but when the recitation ended she suddenly put her hands over her face. She could never get up and recite after that – never. Had she ever thought she could recite? Oh, if she were only back at Green Gables!

At this unpropitious moment her name was called. Somehow Anne, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)H18(end superscript) got on her feet and moved dizzily out to the front. She was so pale that Diana and Jane, down in the audience, clasped each other’s hands in nervous sympathy.

Anne was the victim of an overwhelming attack of stage fright. Often as she had recited in public she had never before faced such an audience as this, and the sight


LMM Notes

LMM Note H18
—who did not notice the rather guilty little start of surprise the white-lace girl gave and would not have understood the (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)subtle(end superscript) compliment implied therein if she had—


ink sketch of Anne on a stage draped with curtains on a small platform

"never before faced such an audience as this": An illustration of Anne on stage from a 1956 Angus and Robertson edition of the novel.