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

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118 ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
It belongs to Mr. William Bell, and right in the corner there is a little ring of white birch trees—the most romantic spot, Marilla. Diana and I have our play­house there. We call it Idlewild. Isn't that a poet­ical name ? I assure you it took me some time to think it out I stayed awake nearly a whole night before I invented it Then, just as I was dropping off to sleep, it came like an inspiration. Diana was enraptured when she heard it We have got our house fixed up elegantly. You must come and see it, Marilla—won't you ? We have great big stones, all covered with moss, for seats, and boards from tree to tree for shelves. And we have all our dishes on them. Of course, they're all broken but it's the easiest thing in the world to imagine that they are whole. There's a piece of a plate with a spray of red and yellow ivy on it that is especially beautiful. We keep it in the parlour and we have the fairy glass there, too. The fairy glass is as lovely as a dream. Diana found it out in the woods behind their chicken house. It's all full of rainbows— just little young rainbows that haven't grown big yet— and Diana's mother told her it was broken off a hang­ing lamp they once had. But it's nicer to imagine the fairies lost it one night when they had a ball, so we call it the fairy glass. Matthew is going to make us a table. Oh, we have named that little round pool over in Mr. Barry's field Willowmere. I got that name out of the book Diana lent me. That was a thrilling book, Marilla, The heroine had five lovers. I'd be satisfied with one, wouldn't you ? She was very handsome and she went through great tribulations. She could faint as easy as anything. I'd love to be able to faint,
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