jewels and low-necked dresses and have ice-cream and chicken salad every blessed day. I’m sure it would be ever so
much much more fun than teaching school. Anne, your recitation was simply great, although I thought at first you were never going to begin. I think it was better than Mrs. Evans’.”
“Oh, no, don’t say things like that, Jane,” said Anne quickly, “because it sounds silly. It couldn’t be better than Mrs. Evans’, you know, for she is a professional, and I’m only a schoolgirl, with a little knack of reciting. I’m quite satisfied if the people just liked mine pretty well.”
“I’ve a compliment for you, Anne” said Diana. “At least I think it must be a compliment because
"only a schoolgirl, with a little knack of reciting": Montgomery, never what she would call a professional elocutionist, was evidently fond of reciting and her early scrapbooks have clippings recounting her successes. Here, one of two clippings from her Blue Scrapbook, p. 13. This one recounts a "Concert and Basket Social," and Montgomery has underlined the part that notes "Particularly good were the recitations by Miss Montgomery..." (Imagining Anne, p. 27).
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