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Chapter 4


“I think he is lovely,” said Anne reproachfully. “He is so very sympathetic. He didn’t mind how much I talked (begin subscript)^ (end subscript)(begin superscript)—he seemed to like it.(end superscript) I felt that he was a kindred spirit as soon as ever I saw him.”

“You’re both queer enough, if that’s what you mean by kindred spirits,” said Marilla (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)with a sniff.(end superscript) “Yes, you may wash the dishes, Take plenty of hot water and be sure you dry them well. (begin superscript)X2(end superscript) After you’ve finished them (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)the dishes (end superscript)go upstairs and make your bed.”

Anne washed the dishes deftly enough, as Marilla, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)who kept a sharp eye on the process, (end superscript)discerned. Later on she made her bed less successfully, for she had never learned the knack art of wrestling with a feather tick. But it was done somehow + smoothed down; and then Marilla (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)to get rid of her,(end superscript) told her [she] might go ot out of doors and amuse herself until dinnertime.

Anne flew to the door, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)face alight,(end superscript) eyes glowing.


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I've got enough to attend to this morning for I'll have to drive over to White Sands in the afternoon to see Mrs. Spencer. You'll come with me and we'll settle what's do be done with you."


"kindred spirit": Various sources have been cited for this favourite expression of Anne's: Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1751), Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm (1883), and the novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898), by Elizabeth Van Arnim. Cecily Devereux, editor of the Broadview edition of Anne of Green Gables (2004), also includes Felicia Hemans's (1808) poem "The Song of the Seraph," two of Keats's poems, and the Pansy novels by Isabella Macdonald Alden.