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Chapter 8


“Anne, whatever are you thinking of?” demanded Marilla sharply.

Anne came back to earth with a start.

“That,” she said, pointing to the picture—a rather vivid chromo  of entitled “Christ Blessing Little Children”—”and I was just imagining I was one of them—that I was the little girl (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)in the blue dress,(end superscript) standing off by herself in the corner as if she didn’t belong to anybody, like me. She looks lonely and sad  (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)don’t you think?(end superscript) I guess she hadn’t any father or mother of her own. But she wanted to be blessed, too, so she just crept shyly up on the outside of the crowd, hoping nobody would notice her (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)except Him.(end superscript) I’m sure I know just how she felt. Her heart must must have beat


"vivid chromo” suggests this is an inexpensive form of chromolithography, a chemical technique used for printing in multiple colours. Expensive chromos were hand-coloured and sometimes in multiple layers. This chromo was more akin to advertising quality, with a few bright colours.