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Chapter 5


down your back?.” K3

“Were those women—Mrs Thomas and Mrs. Hammond—good to you?” asked Marilla, looking at Anne out of the corner of her eye.

“O-o-o-h,” faltered Anne. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)L3(end superscript) “Oh, they meant to be—I know they meant to be (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)just as good and kind as possible. (end superscript)And when people mean to be good to you, you don’t mind very much when they’re not quite—always. They had a good deal to worry them you know. It’s very trying to have a drunken husband, you see; and it must be very trying to have twins three times in succession, don’t you think?”

Marilla asked no more questions. (begin superscript)M3(end superscript) Pity was suddenly stirring in her heart for the child. What a starved unloved life she had had—a life of drudgery and poverty


LMM Notes

LMM Note K3
There is a piece in the Fifth Reader—'The Downfall of Poland' that is just full of thrills. Of course I wasn't in the Fifth reader—I was only in the Fourth—but the big girls used to lend me theirs to read."

LMM Note L3
Her sensitive little face flushed suddenly scarlet and embarrassment sat on her brow.

LMM Note M3
Anne gave herself up to a (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)silent(end superscript) rapture over the shore road, and Marilla guided the sorrel abstractedly, while she pondered deeply.