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

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ANNE'S HISTORY
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it in winter and there was vacation in summer, so I could only go in the spring and fall. But of course I went while I was at the asylum. I can read pretty well and I know ever so many pieces of poetry off by heart—'The Battle of Hohenlinden' and 'Edin­burgh after Flodden,' and 'Bingen on the Rhine.' and lots of the 'Lady of the Lake' and most of 'The Seasons.' by James Thompson. Don't you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back? There is a piece in the Fifth Reader— 'The Downfall of Poland'—that is just full of thrills. Of course, I wasn't in the Fifth Reader—I was only in the Fourth—but the big girls used to lend me theirs to read."
"Were those women—Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Hammond—good to you?" asked Marilla, looking at Anne out of the corner of her eye.
"O-o-o-h," faltered Anne. Her sensitive little face suddenly flushed scarlet and embarrassment sat on her brow. "Oh, they meant to be—I know they meant to be just as good and kind as possible. And when people mean to be good to you, you don't mind very much when they're not quite—always. They had a good deal to worry them, you know. It's very trying to have a drunken husband, you see; and it must be very trying to have twins three times in suc­cession, don't you think ? But I feel sure they meant to be good to me."
Marilla asked no more questions. Anne gave her­self up to a silent rapture over the shore road and Marilla guided the sorrel abstractedly while she pon­dered deeply. Pity was suddenly stirring in her
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