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Chapter 37

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or flavor the cake with liniment.”

Marilla laughed.

“What a girl you were for making mistakes in them days, Anne. You were always getting into scrapes. I did use to think you were possessed. Do you mind the time you dyed your hair?”

“Yes, indeed. I shall never forget it,” smiled Anne, I laugh a little touching the heavy braid of hair that was wound about her shapely head. “I laugh a little now sometimes when I think what a worry my hair used to be to me—but I don’t laugh much, because it was a (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)very(end superscript) real trouble then. I did suffer terribly over my hair and my freckles. My freckles are really


"What a girl you were for making mistakes in them days, Anne.": These moments of reflection show how the bond between Anne and Marilla has changed, but also allow the reader some humorous moments of reflection. (See "flavor the cake with liniment" in Chapter 21 and "do you mind the time you dyed your hair" in Chapter 27.)


“heavy braid of hair”: In her (1956) biography of Montgomery, Hilda Ridley quotes Mrs. Mutch, the former Fanny Wise and Montgomery's long-time friend; when reminiscing about Prince of Wales College days, she recalled one of her conversations with her friend: "'You put up your hair when you started teaching, Maud,' Mrs. Mutch reminded her, 'but at College do you remember how you used to have it long and flowing below your knees?' 'Well, I was rather proud of my hair,' explained Lucy Maud …." (Hilda M. Ridley, The Story of L.M. Montgomery: Author of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, p. 117).