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Chapter 37 - (VERSO)

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I want to be quite quiet silent and quiet and try to realize it. I can’t realize it. Half the time it seems to me that Matthew can’t be dead; and the other half it seems as if he had must have been dead for a long time and I’ve had this horrible (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)dull(end superscript) ache ever since.”

Diana did not quite understand. Marilla’s impassioned grief, breaking all the bounds of natural reserve and lifelong habit (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)in its stormy rush rush,(end superscript) she could comprehend better than Anne’s tearless agony. But she went away kindly, leaving Anne alone to keep her first vigil with sorrow.

Anne hoped that tears would come in solitude. It seemed to her a terrible thing that she could not shed a tear for Matthew, whom


side-by-side images of the Macneill parlor, tidy and quiet with a lone rocking chair, and the Green Gables parlor with black fireplace and salmon-coloured walls.

"I want to be quite quiet silent and quiet and try to realize it.": The tidy, quiet parlors from the Macneill home and Green Gables Heritage House.
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph, L.M. Montgomery Collection and Parks Canada