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Chapter 8


and her hands must have got cold, like mine did when I asked you if I could stay. She was afraid He mightn’t notice her. But it’s likely He did, don’t you think? (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)I4 (end superscript) I wish the artist hadn’t painted Him so sorrowful looking. All His pictures are like that (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)if you’ve noticed.(end superscript) But I don’t believe he could really have looked so sad or the children would have been afraid of Him.”

“Anne,” said Marilla, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)J4(end superscript) “you shouldn’t talk that way. It’s irreverent.—positively irreverent.”

Anne’s eyes marvelled.

“Why I felt just as reverent as could be. I’m sure I didn’t mean to be irreverent.”

“Well, I don’t suppose you did—but it doesn’t sound right to talk so familiarly about such things. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)K4(end superscript) Take that card and come right to the


LMM Notes

LMM Note I4
I've been trying to imagine it all out—her edging a little nearer all the time until she was quite close to Him; and then he would look at her and put His hand on her hair and oh, such a thrill of joy as would run over her! But

LMM Note J4
wondering why she had not broken into this long speech before. [The first edition of the novel inserts a comma rather than a period at the end of this line.]

LMM Note K4
And another thing, Anne, when I send you after something you're to bring it at once and not fall into mooning and imagining before pictures. Remember that.