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

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A CONCERT
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"Well now, I reckon it's going to be a pretty good concert. And I expect you'll do your part fine.'' he said, smiling down into her eager, vivacious little face. Anne smiled back at him. Those two were the best of friends and Matthew thanked his stars many a time and oft that he had nothing to do with bringing her up. That was Manila's exclusive duty; if it had been his he would have been worried over frequent conflicts between inclination and said duty. As it was, he was free to "spoil Anne"—Manila's phrasing—as much as he liked. But it was not such a bad arrangement after all; a little "appreciation" sometimes does quite as much good as all the conscientious ''bringing up" in the world,
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