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Chapter 37

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blossom and love and friendship had lost none of its power to please her fancy and thrill her heart, that life still called to her with many insistent voices.

“It seems like disloyalty to Matthew, somehow, to find pleasure in these things now that he has gone,” she said (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)wistfully(end superscript) to Mrs. Allan one evening when they were together in the manse garden. “I miss him so much (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)—all the time—(end superscript) and yet, Mrs. Allan, the world and life seem very beautiful and interesting to me for all. To-day Diana said something funny and I found myself laughing. I thought when it happened I could never laugh again. And it somehow seems as if I oughtn’t to.”

“When Matthew was here he liked


"the manse garden": It is no surprise that Montgomery, a devoted gardener, picks a garden as a place where Anne will find comfort. When Montgomery herself became a minister's wife and had a manse of her own, she lavished attention on her garden. Today, the L.M. Montgomery Society of Ontario has purchased and restored the Leaskdale Manse and church, where the Macdonalds spent 15 years, and have opened them to the public (see the "Ontario" section here). They also commissioned a sculpture of Montgomery on a bench, in a garden at the church.