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Chapter 8


shorten their (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)lovely(end superscript) lives by picking them, —I wouldn’t want to be picked if I were an apple blossom. But the temptation was irresistible. What do you do when you meet with an irresistible temptation?”

“Anne, did you hear me tell you to go to your room?”

Anne sighed, retreated to the east gable, and sat down in a chair by the window.

“There—I know this prayer. I learned that last seo sentence coming upstairs.(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough) S4

She danced “Dear Snow Queen, good afternoon. And good afternoon, dear birches down in the hollow. And good afternoon, dear gray house up on the hill. I wonder if Diana is to be my bosom friend. I hope she will and I shall love her very much. But I must never quite forget Katie Maurice and Violetta. They would


LMM Notes

LMM Note S4
Now I'm going to imagine things into this room so that they'll always stay imagined. The floor is covered with a white velvet carpet with pink roses all over it and there are pink silk curtains at the windows. The walls are hung with gold and silver brocade tapestry. The furniture is mahogany (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)I never saw any mahogany but it does sound so luxurious.(end superscript) This is a couch all heaped with gorgeous silken cushions, pink and blue and crimson and gold, and I am reclining (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)gracefully(end superscript) on it. I can see my reflection in that (begin strikethrough)m(end strikethrough) splendid big mirror hanging on the wall. I am tall and regal, clad in a gown of trailing white lace, with a pearl cross on my breast (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and pearls in my hair.(end superscript) My hair is of midnight darkness, and my skin is a clear ivory pallor. My name is the Lady Cordelia Fitzgerald."

She danced up to the little looking-glass and peered in it. Her pointed freckled face and solemn gray eyes peered back at her.

"You're only Anne of Green Gables," she said earnestly, "and I see you, just as you are looking now, whenever I try to imagine I'm the Lady Cordelia. But it's a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn't it?"

She bent forward, kissed her reflection affectionately, and betook herself to the open window.


"(begin strikethrough)She danced(end strikethrough)": This heavily crossed out phrase appears to be "she danced," a phrase that appears within Note S4. Montgomery must have started writing the paragraph and then decided to add the passage where Anne can "imagine things into" her room.


"Anne of Green Gables" [in S4]: The first reference to the title, Anne of Green Gables, belongs to Anne herself.