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Chapter 36

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Matthew and Marilla that evening. She had not been home since April and she felt that she could not wait another day. Diana was The apple-blossoms were out and the world was fresh and young. Diana was at Green Gables to meet her. In her own white room, Anne looked where Marilla had set a flowering house-rose on the window sill, Anne looked about her and drew a long breath of happiness.

“Oh, Diana, it’s so good to be back again. It’s so good to see those pointed firs coming out against the pink sky—and that white orchard and the old Snow Queen. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Isn’t the breath of mint delicious?(end superscript) And that tea-rose—why it’s a song and a hope in one and a prayer all in one. And it’s good to see you again, Diana.”

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"to see those pointed firs": The Annotated Anne suggests this may be a nod to Sarah Orne Jewett’s popular (1896) book of rustic Maine life, The Country of the Pointed Firs. Rubio and Waterston remind readers, too (Norton Critical Edition, p. 230, n. 3), that Montgomery's work was likened to Jewett's (among many others). For a list of those others, see Complete Journals, Ontario Years, 1930–1933, March 1, 1930, p. 21.