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Chapter 7


Were you never taught to say your prayers? God always wants little girls to say their prayers. Don’t you know who God is, Anne?”

“‘God is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth,'” responded  Anne promptly and glibly.

Marilla looked rather relieved.

“So you do know something then, thank goodness! Where did You’re not quite a heathen. Where did you learn that?

“Oh, at the asylum Sunday School. They made us learn the whole catechism. I liked it pretty well. There’s something splendid about some of the words. ‘Infinite, eternal and unchangeable.’ Isn’t that grand? It has such a roll to it (begin superscript)^—just like a big organ playing.(end superscript) You couldn’t call it poetry, I suppose, but it sounds a lot like it,


"God is spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable …": Part of the catechism, that is, questions and answers formally devised by churches for instruction in matters of religion. Anne quotes from the Shorter Catechism of Presbyterians: The Shorter Catechism of the Assembly of Divines with the Proofs Thereof Out of the Scriptures.