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Chapter 9


“Well, I don’t envy your job bringing that up, Marilla,” said Mrs. Rachel with unspeakable solemnity.

Marilla opened her lips to say she knew not what of apology or deprecation. What she did say was a surprise to herself then and ever afterwards.

“You shouldn’t have twitted her about her looks, Rachel.”

“Marilla Cuthbert, you don’t mean to say that you are upholding her in such a terrible display of temper as we’ve just seen?” demanded Mrs. Rachel indignantly.

“No,” said Marilla slowly, “I’m not trying to excuse her. She’s been very naughty and I’ll have to give her a talking to about it. But we must make allowances


a shocked older woman stands, mouth agape, in front of an angry, yelling, Anne

"I don't envy your job bringing that up": Mrs. Lynde (Maud Whitmore) and Anne (Jamie Ray), just before Anne stamps out of the room, from Anne of Green Gables–The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript), 1967.
Photo by George Wotton, Confederation Centre of the Arts