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

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92              ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
"Pretty well. I imagine a good deal, and that helps to pass the time. Of course, it's rather lonesome. But then, I may as well get used to that"
Anne smiled again, bravely facing the long years of solitary imprisonment before her.
Matthew recollected that he must say what he had come to say without loss of time, lest Marilla return prematurely.
"Well now, Anne, don't you think you'd better do it and have it over with?" he whispered. "It'll have to be done sooner or later, you know, for Ma­nila's a dreadful determined woman—dreadful deter­mined, Anne. Do it right off, I say, and have it over."
"Do you mean apologize to Mrs. Lynde?"
"Yes—apologize—that's the very word," said Mat­thew eagerly. "Just smooth it over so to speak. That's what I was trying to get at"
"I suppose I could do it to oblige you," said Anne thoughtfully. "It would be true enough to say I am sorry, because I am sorry now. I wasn't a bit sorry last night. I was mad clear through, and I stayed mad all night I know I did because I woke up three times and I was just furious every time. But this morning it was all over. I wasn't in a tem­per any more—and it left a dreadful sort of gone­ness, too. I felt so ashamed of myself. But I just couldn't think of going and telling Mrs. Lynde so. It would be so humiliating. I made up my mind I'd stay shut up here for ever rather than do that. But still—I'd do anything for you—if you really want me to—"
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