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

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ANNE'S CONFESSION                   127
to her. "Let me hear what you have to say then, Anne."
"I took the amethyst brooch," said Anne, as if re-peating a lesson she had learned. "I took it just as you said. I didn't mean to take it when I went in. But it did look so beautiful, Marilla, when I pinned it on my breast that I was overcome by an irresistible temptation. I imagined how perfectly thrilling it would be to take it to Idlewild and play I was the Lady Cordelia Fitzgerald. It would be so much easier to imagine I was the Lady Cordelia if I had a real ame­thyst brooch on. Diana and I made necklaces of rose-berries but what are roseberries compared to ame­thysts ? So I took the brooch. I thought I could put it back before you came home. I went all the way around by the road to lengthen out the time. When I was going over the bridge across the Lake of Shining Waters I took the brooch off to have another look at it. Oh, how it did shine in the sunlight! And then, when I was leaning over the bridge, it just slipped through my fingers—so—and went down—down—down, all purply-sparkling, and sank forevermore beneath the Lake of Shining Waters. And that's the best I can do at confessing, Marilla."
Marilla f elt.hot anger surge up into her heart again. ,This child had taken and lost her treasured amethyst brooch and now sat there calmly reciting the details thereof without the least apparent compunction or re­pentance.
"Anne, this is terrible," she said, trying to speak calmly. "You are the very wickedest girl I ever heard of."
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