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Chapter 5


The shore road was “woodsy and wild and lonesome.” On the right hand scrub firs, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)N3(end superscript) grew thickly. Down at the base of the cliffs were heaps of surf-worn rocks or little sandy coves inlaid with pebbles as with ocean jewels; beyond lay the sea, shimmering and blue, and over it soared the gulls, their pinions flashing silvery in the sunlight.

“Isn’t the sea wonderful?” said Anne, rousing from a long, wide-eyed silence. “Once, when I lived in Marysville, Mr. Thomas hired an express wagon and took us all to spend the day at the shore ten miles away. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)O3(end superscript) I lived it over in happy dreams for years. But


LMM Notes

LMM Note N3
their spirits quite unbroken by long years of tussle with the gulf winds, grew thickly. On the left were the steep red sandstone cliffs, so near the track in places that a mare of less steadiness than the sorrel might have tried the nerves of the people behind her.

LMM Note O3
I enjoyed every moment of that day, even if I had to look after the children all the time[.]


"woodsy and wild and lonesome": John Greenleaf Whittier, "Cobbler Keezar’s Vision," stanza 6.


"grew thickly": In adding the N3 Note, L.M.M. uncharacteristically forgot to strike through the words "grew thickly" in her original text.