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Chapter 6


“Anne Shirley,” faltered the shin shrinking child, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)S3(end superscript)(begin superscript) Note(end superscript) “and I’m eleven years old.”

“Humph! You don’t look as if there was much to you. But you’re wiry. I don’t know but the wiry ones are the best after all. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Note T3(end superscript) Yes, I suppose I might as well take her off your hands, Miss Cuthbert. The baby’s awful fractious and I’m clean worn-out attending to him. If you like I can take her right home now.”

Marilla looked at Anne and softened at the sight of the child’s pale face with its look of mute misery. (begin superscript)Note U3(end superscript) Marilla an uncomfortable conviction that, if she denied the appeal of that look, it would haunt her till her dying day. Moreover, she did not fancy Mrs. Blewett. To hand a sensitive, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)”high-strung”(end superscript) child over to such a woman!


LMM Notes

LMM Note S3
not daring to make any speculations regarding the spelling thereof.

[The published version says "stipulations" instead of "speculations"]

LMM Note T3
Well, if I take you you'll have to be a good girl, you know—good and smart and respectful. I'll expect you to earn your keep and no mistake about that.

LMM Note U3
—the misery of a helpless little creature who finds itself once more caught in the trap from which it had escaped.


"Marilla": In the published novel, the missing word "felt" is inserted after "Marilla."