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  • A week later a letter came for Anne, written on pale blue paper edged with
  • silver.
  • "DEAR MISS SHIRLEY:
  • "I am writing this to tell you that _all misunderstanding_ is cleared away
  • between Terry and me and we are so deeply, intensely, _wonderfully_ happy that
  • we have decided we can forgive you. Terry says he was just moonlighted into
  • making love to you but that his heart never _really_ swerved in its allegiance
  • to me. He says he really likes _sweet, simple_ girls … that _all men_ do … and
  • has no use for _intriguing, designing ones._ We don't understand why you
  • behaved to us as you did … we never will understand. Perhaps you just wanted
  • material for a story and thought you could find it in tampering with the first
  • sweet, tremulous love of a girl. But we thank you for _revealing us to
  • ourselves._ Terry says he never realized the deeper meaning of life before. So
  • really it was all for the best. We are _so_ sympathetic … we can _feel_ each
  • other's thoughts. Nobody understands him but me and I want to be a _source of
  • inspiration_ to him forever. _I_ am not clever like _you_ but I feel I can be
  • _that,_ for we are _soul-mates_ and have vowed eternal _truth and constancy_
  • to each other, no matter how many _jealous people_ and _false friends_ may try
  • to make trouble between us.
  • "We are going to be married as soon as I have my trousseau ready. I am going
  • up to Boston to get it. There really isn't _anything_ in Summerside. My dress
  • is to be _white moire_ and my traveling-suit will be dove gray with hat,
  • gloves and blouse of _delphinium blue._ Of course I'm very young, but I want
  • to be married when I _am_ young, before the _bloom_ goes off life.
  • "Terry is all that my _wildest dreams_ could picture and every _thought_ of my
  • heart is for him alone. I _know_ we are going to be _rapturously happy. Once_
  • I believed all my friends would _rejoice_ with me in my happiness, but I have
  • learned a _bitter lesson_ in _worldly wisdom_ since then.
  • "Yours _truly,_
  • "HAZEL MARR.
  • "P.S. 1. You told me Terry had _such a temper._ Why, he's a perfect lamb, his
  • sister says.
  • "H.M.
  • "P.S. 2. I've heard that _lemon juice_ will bleach freckles. You might try it
  • on your nose.
  • "H.M."
  • "To quote Rebecca Dew," remarked Anne to Dusty Miller, "postscript Number Two
  • _is_ the last straw."