Anne of Green Gables
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Anne of Green Gables is a children's novel written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908.
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- Oh, this is the most tragical thing that has ever happened to me!
- Ch. 3
- "Oh, I'm not ashamed of it," explained Anne, "only I like Cordelia better. I've always imagined that my name was Cordelia—at least, I always have of late years. When I was young I used to imagine it was Geraldine, but I like Cordelia better now. But if you call me Anne please call me Anne spelled with an E."
- "What difference does it make how it's spelled?" asked Marilla with another rusty smile as she picked up the teapot.
- "Oh, it makes SUCH a difference. It LOOKS so much nicer. When you hear a name pronounced can't you always see it in your mind, just as if it was printed out? I can; and A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished. If you'll only call me Anne spelled with an E I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia."
- Ch 3.
- "You're not eating anything," said Marilla sharply, eying her as if it were a serious shortcoming. Anne sighed.
- "I can't. I'm in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?"
- "I've never been in the depths of despair, so I can't say," responded Marilla.
- "Weren't you? Well, did you ever try to IMAGINE you were in the depths of despair?"
- "No, I didn't."
- "Then I don't think you can understand what it's like. It's very uncomfortable feeling indeed. When you try to eat a lump comes right up in your throat and you can't swallow anything, not even if it was a chocolate caramel. I had one chocolate caramel once two years ago and it was simply delicious. I've often dreamed since then that I had a lot of chocolate caramels, but I always wake up just when I'm going to eat them. I do hope you won't be offended because I can't eat. Everything is extremely nice, but still I cannot eat."
- Ch 3.