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Chapter 4


go on wanting it. That was Matthew’s way—take a whim into his head and cling to it with the most amazing (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)silent(end superscript) persistency—a persistency ten times more potent and effectual in its very silence than if he had talked it out.

When the meal ended Anne came out of her reverie and offered to wash the dishes.

“Can you wash dishes right”? asked Marilla, distrustfully.

“Pretty well. I’m better at looking after cl children though. I’ve had so much experience of that. It’s such a pity you haven’t any here for me to look after.”

“I don’t feel as if I wanted any more children to look after than I’ve got at present. You’re problem enough in all conscience. What’s to be done with you I don’t know. Matthew is a most ridiculous man.”


"Can you wash dishes right?": By now it is clear that Marilla is a fastidious housekeeper. With no running water, the dishwater would have to be heated on the stove, then poured into a dishpan for the actual washing, and the dishcloth would have been scalded afterward.