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Chapter 8


“I’d love to call you Aunt Marilla,” said Anne wistfully. “I’ve never had an aunt or any relation at all (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)—not even a grandmother. (end superscript)It would make me feel as if I really belonged to you. Can’t I call you Aunt Marilla?”

“No. I’m not your aunt and I don’t believe in calling people names that don’t belong to them[.]”

“But we could imagine you were my aunt.” G4

“I don’t believe in imagining things different from what they really are,” retorted Marilla. “When the Lord puts us in certain circumstances He doesn’t mean for us to imagine them away. And that reminds me. Go into the sitting room Anne and bring —be sure your feet are clean and don’t


LMM Notes

LMM Note G4
I couldn't said Marilla grimly.
"Do you never imagine things different from what they really are?" asked Anne wide-eyed.
"Oh!" (begin strikethrough)Anne a (end strikethrough)Anne drew a long breath. "Oh, Miss — Marilla, how much you miss!"