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Chapter 8


a bum bee and live among the flowers.”

“Yesterday you wanted to be a seagull,” sniffed Marilla. “I think you’re very fickle-minded. I told you to learn that prayer and not talk. But it seems impossible for you to stop talking if you’ve got anybody that will listen to you. So go up to your room and learn it.”

“Oh, I know it pretty nearly all now—all but just the last line.”

“Well, never mind, do as I tell you. Go to your room and finish learning it well,(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough) and stay there until I call you down to help me get tea.”

“Can I take the apple blossoms with me for company,” pleaded Anne.

“No; you don’t want your room cluttered up with flowers. You should have left them on the tree in the first place.”

“I did feel a little that way, too,” said Anne. “I kind of felt I shouldn’t


the corner of a sunny bedroom featuring a brass bed, dainty floral wallpaper and light curtains on the window

"No; you don't want your room cluttered up with flowers.": Marilla may not consent to fresh flowers, but that doesn't stop Anne from having apple blossom wallpaper. Pictured here: Anne's room at Green Gables Heritage House.
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