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

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THE DELIGHTS OF ANTICIPATION 119
wouldn't you, Marilla? It's so romantic. But I'm really very healthy for all I'm so thin. I believe I'm getting fatter, though. Don't you think I am? I look at my elbows every morning when I get up to see if any dimples are coming. Diana is having a new dress made with elbow sleeves. She is going to wear it to the picnic. Oh, I do hope it will be fine next Wednes≠day. I don't feel that I could endure the disappoint≠ment if anything happened to prevent me from getting to the picnic. I suppose I'd live through it, but I'm certain it would be a lifelong sorrow. It wouldn't matter if I got to a hundred picnics in after years; they wouldn't make up for missing this one. They're going to have boats on the Lake of Shining Watersó and ice-cream as I told you. I have never tasted ice≠cream. Diana tried to explain what it was like, but I guess ice-cream is one of those things that are be≠yond imagination."
"Anne, you have talked even on for ten minutes by the clock," said Manila. "Now, just for curiosity's sake, see if you can hold your tongue for the same length of time."
Anne held her tongue as desired. But for the rest of the week she talked picnic and thought picnic and dreamed picnic. On Saturday it rained and she worked herself up into such a frantic state lest it should keep on raining until and over Wednesday, that Marilla made her sew an extra patchwork square by way of steadying her nerves.
On Sunday Anne confided to Marilla on the way home from church that she grew actually cold all over
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