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

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238 ANNE OP GREEN GABLES
her in here, Mr. Barry, and lay her on the sofa. Mercy me, the child has gone and fainted!"
It was quite true. Overcome by the pain of her in­jury, Anne had one more of her wishes granted to her. She had fainted dead away.
Matthew, hastily summoned from the harvest field, was straightway despatched for the doctor, who in due time came, to discover that the injury was more serious than they had supposed. Anne's ankle was broken.
That night, when Marilla went up to the east gable, where a white-faced girl was lying, a plaintive voice greeted her from the bed.
"Aren't you very sorry for me, Marilla ?"
"It was your own fault," said Marilla, twitching down the blind and lighting a lamp.
"And that is just why you should be sorry for me," said Anne, "because the thought that it is all my own fault is what makes it so hard. If I could blame it on anybody I would feel so much better. But what would you have done, Marilla, if you had been dared to walk a ridge-pole ?"
"I'd have stayed on good firm ground and let them dare away. Such absurdity!" said Marilla.
Anne sighed.
"But you have such strength of mind, Marilla. I haven't I just felt that I couldn't bear Josie Pye's scorn. She would have crowed over me all my life. And I think I have been punished so much that you needn't be very cross with me, Marilla. It's not a bit nice to faint, after all. And the doctor hurt me dread­fully when he was setting my ankle. I won't be able to
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