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The first Story in the Series with Anne Shirley at age 11 to 16

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MARILLA CUTHBERT IS SURPRISED 31
Dropping her precious carpet-bag she sprang for­ward a step and clasped her hands.
"You don't want me!" she cried. "You don't want me because I'm not a boy! I might have ex­pected it Nobody ever did want me. I might have known it was all too beautiful to last. I might have known nobody really did want me. Oh, what shall I do ? I'm going to burst into tears!"
Burst into tears she did. Sitting down on a chair by the table, flinging her arms out upon it, and burying her face in them, she proceeded to cry stormily. Marilla and Matthew looked at each other deprecatingly across the stove. Neither of them knew what to say or do. Finally Marilla stepped lamely into the breach.
"Well, well, there's no need to cry so about it"
"Yes, there is need!" The child raised her head quickly, revealing a tear-stained face and trembling lips. ''You would cry, too, if you were an orphan and had come to a place you thought was going to be home and found that they didn't want you because you weren't a boy. Oh, this is the most tragical thing that ever happened to me!"
Something like a reluctant smile, rather rusty from long disuse, mellowed Manila's grim expression.
"Well, don't cry any more. We're not going to turn you out-of-doors to-night. You'll have to stay here until we investigate this affair. What's your name ?"
The child hesitated for a moment.
"Will you please call me Cordelia?" she said eagerly.
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