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

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CATASTROPHE AND CONFESSION 197
white-clad figures flew down the long room, through the spare-room door, and bounded on the bed at the same moment. And then—something—moved beneath them, there was a gasp and a cry—and somebody said in muffled accents:
"Merciful goodness!"
Anne and Diana were never able to tell just how they got off that bed and out of the room. They only knew that after one frantic rush they found themselves tiptoeing shiveringly up-stairs.
"Oh, who was it—what was it?" whispered Anne, her teeth chattering with cold and fright.
"It was Aunt Josephine," said Diana, gasping with laughter. "Oh, Anne, it was Aunt Josephine, how­ever she came to be there. Oh, I know she will be furious. It's dreadful—it's really dreadful—but did you ever know anything so funny, Anne ?"
"Who is your Aunt Josephine ?"
"She's father's aunt and she lives in Charlottetown. She's awfully old—seventy anyhow—and I don't be­lieve she was ever a little girl. We were expecting her out for a visit, but not so soon. She's awfully prim and proper and she'll scold dreadfully about this, I know. Well, we'll have to sleep with Minnie May— and you can't think how she kicks."
Miss Josephine Barry did not appear at the early breakfast the next morning. Mrs. Barry smiled kindly at the two little girls.
"Did you have a good time last night? I tried to stay awake until you came home, for I wanted to tell you Aunt Josephine had come and that you would have
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