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  • _(Extract from letter to Gilbert.)_
  • "School closed today. Two months of Green Gables and dew-wet, spicy ferns
  • ankle-deep along the brook and lazy, dappling shadows in Lover's Lane and wild
  • strawberries in Mr. Bell's pasture and the dark loveliness of firs in the
  • Haunted Wood! My very soul has wings.
  • "Jen Pringle brought me a bouquet of lilies of the valley and wished me a
  • happy vacation. She's coming down to spend a week-end with me some time. Talk
  • of miracles!
  • "But little Elizabeth is heart-broken. I wanted her for a visit, too, but Mrs.
  • Campbell did not 'deem it advisable.' Luckily, I hadn't said anything to
  • Elizabeth about it, so she was spared that disappointment.
  • "'I believe I'll be Lizzie all the time you're away, Miss Shirley,' she told
  • me. 'I'll _feel_ like Lizzie anyway.'
  • "'But think of the fun we'll have when I come back,' I said. 'Of course you
  • won't be Lizzie. There's no such person as Lizzie in you. And I'll write you
  • every week, little Elizabeth.'
  • "'Oh, Miss Shirley, will you! I've never had a letter in my life. Won't it be
  • fun! And I'll write you if they'll let me have a stamp. If they don't, you'll
  • know I'm thinking of you just the same. I've called the chipmunk in the back
  • yard after you … Shirley. You don't mind, do you? I thought at first of
  • calling it Anne Shirley … but then I thought that mightn't be respectful …
  • and, anyway, Anne doesn't sound chipmunky. Besides, it might be a gentleman
  • chipmunk. Chipmunks are such darling things, aren't they? But the Woman says
  • they eat the rosebush roots.'
  • "'She would!' I said.
  • "I asked Katherine Brooke where she was going to spend the summer and she
  • briefly answered, 'Here. Where did you suppose?'
  • "I felt as if I ought to ask her to Green Gables, but I just couldn't. Of
  • course I don't suppose she'd have come, anyway. And she's such a kill-joy.
  • She'd spoil everything. But when I think of her alone in that cheap boarding-
  • house all summer, my conscience gives me unpleasant jabs.
  • "Dusty Miller brought in a live snake the other day and dropped it on the
  • floor of the kitchen. If Rebecca Dew could have turned pale she would have.
  • 'This _is_ really the last straw!' she said. But Rebecca Dew is just a little
  • peevish these days because she has to spend all her spare time picking big
  • gray-green beetles off the rose trees and dropping them in a can of kerosene.
  • She thinks there are entirely too many insects in the world.
  • "'It's just going to be eaten up by them some day,' she predicts mournfully.
  • "Nora Nelson is to be married to Jim Wilcox in September. Very quietly … no
  • fuss, no guests, no bridesmaids. Nora told me that was the only way to escape
  • Aunt Mouser, and she will _not_ have Aunt Mouser to see her married. I'm to be
  • present, however, sort of unofficially. Nora says Jim would never have come
  • back if I hadn't set that light in the window. He was going to sell his store
  • and go west. Well, when I think of all the matches I'm supposed to have made …
  • "Sally says they'll fight most of their time but that they'll be happier
  • fighting with each other than agreeing with anybody else. But I don't think
  • they'll fight … much. I think it is just misunderstanding that makes most of
  • the trouble in the world. You and I for so long, now …
  • "Good night, belovedest. Your sleep will be sweet if there is any influence in
  • the wishes of
  • "YOUR OWN.
  • "P.S. The above sentence is quoted verbatim from a letter of Aunt Chatty's
  • grandmother."