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Chapter 7


in a private prayer, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)isn’t it?”(end superscript) she interjected, lifting her head for a moment. “Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank Thee for the White Way of Delight and the Lake of Shining Waters and Bonny and the Snow Queen. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Z3 (end superscript)And that’s all the blessings I can think of just now to thank Thee for. As for the things I want, they’re so numerous that it would take a great deal of time to name them all, so I will only mention the two most important[.] Please let me stay at Green Gables; and please let me be good-looking when I grow up. Amen I remain,

Yours respectfully,

Anne Shirley”.

“There, did I do it all right?” she asked eagerly, getting up. A4

Poor Marilla was only preserved


LMM Notes

LMM Note Z3*
I'm really extremely grateful for them.

LMM Note A4
"I could have made it much more flowery if I'd had a little more time to think it over.

[Montgomery begins a new, correctly ordered sequence of notes with A4]


"Yours respectfully": Montgomery has formatted the end of Anne's prayer as the end of a letter. This formatting is reproduced in most published versions of the novel, and it lends to the humorously formal, correspondence-like style of Anne's prayer. Note, too, that Montgomery wrote and then struck out the "Amen," clearly deciding to leave it out and let Anne comment on its omission in the next passage.