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Chapter 38 - (VERSO)

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the farm and board somewhere (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)—with her, I suppose.(end superscript) It won’t bring much—it’s small and the buildings are old. But it’ll be enough for me to live on I reckon. I’m thankful you’re provided for with that scholarship, Anne. I’m sorry you won’t have a home to come to in your vacations, that’s all, but I suppose you’ll manage somehow.

Marilla broke down and wept bitterly.

“You mustn’t sell Green Gables,” said Anne, resolutely.

“Oh, Anne, I wish I didn’t have to. But you can see for yourself. I can’t stay here alone. I’d go crazy with trouble and loneliness. And my sight would go. I know it would.”

“You won’t have to stay here alone, Marll Marilla. I’ll be with you. I’m not going to Redmond.”


"the buildings are old": Montgomery knew from personal experience how quickly old houses and farm buildings can deteriorate. She chose to stay with her grandmother after Alexander Macneill died in 1898. The farmhouse fell into disrepair but Alexander Macneill's heir, his eldest son, refused to fix it up since he wanted his mother to move in with his family so he could give the farm to his own son.