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Chapter 8


poetry, but it makes me feel just the same way poetry does. ‘Our Father which art in heaven hallowed by Thy name.’ That is just like a line of music. Oh, I’m so glad you thought of making me learn this, Miss—Marilla.”

“Well, learn it and hold your tongue,” said Marilla, shortly.

Anne (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)L4(end superscript) studied diligently for some moments longer.

“Marilla,” she demanded presently, “do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?”

“A—a what kind of a friend?”

“A bosom friend—an intimate friend, you know—a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)M4(end superscript) Do you


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tipped the vase of apple blossoms near enough to bestow a soft kiss on a pink-cupped bud and then

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I never really supposed I would but so many of my loveliest dreams have come true all at once that perhaps this one will, too.


"That is just like a line of music.": Anne feels poetry, prayer, and music in one sentence. Montgomery's later heroine, Emily Byrd Starr, has a similar ability.