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Chapter 9


Chapter 9.

Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified

Anne had been a fortnight at Green Gables before Mrs. Lynde arrived to inspect her. Mrs. Rachel, to do her justice, was not to blame for this. A severe and unseasonable attack of grippe  had confined that good lady to her house ever since the occasion of her last visit to Green Gables. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)T4(end superscript) As soon as her doctor allowed her to put her foot out of doors she hurried up to Green Gables, bursting with curiosity to see Matthew’s and Marilla’s orphan, concerning whom all sorts of stories and superstitions had gone abroad in Avonlea.

Anne had made good use of every (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)waking(end superscript) moment of that fortnight. Al-


LMM Notes

LMM Note T4
Mrs. Rachel was not often sick and had a well-defined contempt for people who were; but grippe, she assented, was like no other illness on earth and could only be interpreted as one of the special visitations of Providence.

[Montgomery's Notes in this chapter range from T4-J5; pages 24-28.]


"Chapter 9": Montgomery changed title numbers from Roman to Arabic numerals. In later novels, Montgomery used Roman numerals when originally outlining sections of a story.


"grippe": Common influenza.