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Chapter 38 - (VERSO)

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any kind of work that strains the eyes, and if I’m careful not to cry, and if I wear the glasses he’s given me he thinks my eyes will may not get any worse and my headaches will be cured. But if I don’t he says I’ll certainly be stone blind in six months. Blind! Anne, just think of it!”

For a minute Anne, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)after her first quick exclamation of dismay,(end superscript) was silent. It seemed to her that she could not speak. Then she said bravely, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)but with a catch in her voice,(end superscript)

“Marilla, don’t think of it. You know he has given you hope. If you are careful you won’t lose your sight altogether, and if his glasses cure your headaches it will be a great thing.”

“I don’t call it much hope,” said Marilla bitterly. “What am I to live for if I can’t read or sew or do anything


simple line drawing of a pair of spectacles with round lens and long straight arms

"wear the glasses he's given me": Detail from an oculist's book, Spectacles; and How to Choose Them (Duncan Brothers, 1881).