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Chapter 4


sunshiny morning. But I like rainy mornings real well, too. All sorts of mornings are interesting, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)don’t you think?(end superscript) You don’t know what’s going to happen through the day, and there’s so much scope for imagination. But I’m glad it’s not rainy to-day because it’s easier to be cheerful. I feel and bear up under affliction on a sunshiny day. I feel that I have a good deal to bear up under. It’s all very “For pity sake well to read about sorrows but it’s and imagine yourself living through them (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)heroically(end superscript) but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?”

“For pity’s sake hold your tongue,” said Marilla. “You talk entirely too much for a little girl.”


"You talk entirely too much for a little girl": Marilla, at this point in the novel anyway, clearly subscribes to the "children should be seen and not heard" school of thought. But as the novel develops, Marilla grows and changes, reinforced by a variety of edits Montgomery makes in the manuscript.