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Chapter 6


“I suppose so,” said Mrs Spencer, “but thoughtfully, “but I don’t think it will be necessary to send her back. Mrs. Peter Blewett was up here yesterday and she was saying to me how much she wished she’d sent by me for a little girl to help her. Mrs. Peter has a large family, you know, and she finds it hard to get help. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Anne will(end superscript) (begin superscript)be the very girl for her.(end superscript) I call it positively providential.”

Marilla did not look as if she thought Providence had much to do with the matter. Here was an unexpectedly good chance to get this unwelcome orphan off her hands and she did not even feel grateful for it. Note P.3.

“Well, I’ll go in and we’ll talk the matter over,” she said. (begin superscript)Note P3(end superscript)

“And if there isn’t Mrs. Peter coming up the lane this blessed minute!” exclaimed Mrs. Spencer, bustling her guests through the hall into the


LMM Notes

LMM Note P3
She knew Mrs. Peter Blewett only by sight as a small shrewish faced woman without an ounce of superfluous flesh on her bones. But she had heard of her. "A terrible worker and driver," Mrs. Peter was said to be; and discharged servant girls told fearsome tales of her temper and stinginess and her family of pert, quarrelsome children. Marilla felt a qualm of conscience at the thought of handing Anne over to her tender mercies.

[Montgomery's Notes in this chapter range from P3 through the incorrectly numbered S3 (which should be X3), which span the Notes pages 20 through 21. The latter page is actually the second page 21 since Montgomery misnumbered the pages.]


"tender mercies" [in P3]: From Proverbs 12:10, "The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."