en-de  Anne of Green Gables (1908)/Chapter XXIV Medium
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MISS STACY UND IHRE SCHÜLER STELLEN EIN KONZERT AUF DIE BEINE


Es war wieder Oktober, als Anne soweit war, wieder zur Schule zu gehen - ein herrlicher Oktober, alles rot und golden, mit sanften Vormittagen, an denen die Täler mit zartem Dunst gefüllt waren, als ob der Geist des Herbstes sie zum Trocknen in der Sonne eingeschenkt hätte - amethystblau, perlmutt, silbern, rosa und rauchblau. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through. Der Birkenpfad war ein gelber Baldachin und die Farne entlang waren alle verbrannt und braun. There was a tang in the very air that inspired the hearts of small maidens tripping, unlike snails, swiftly and willingly to school; and it was jolly to be back again at the little brown desk beside Diana, with Ruby Gillis nodding across the aisle and Carrie Sloane sending up notes and Julia Bell passing a "chew" of gum down from the back seat. Anne atmete voller Freude tief ein, als sie ihren Bleistift spitzte und ihre Bildkarten auf ihrem Pult anordnete. Das Leben war auf jeden Fall sehr interessant.

In der neuen Lehrerin fand sie eine weitere wahre und hilfreiche Freundin. Miss Stacy war eine strahlende, sympathische junge Frau mit dem glücklichen Talent, die Zuneigung ihrer Schüler zu gewinnen und zu halten und geistig und moralisch das Beste zu entfalten, was in ihnen steckte. Anne entfaltete sich unter diesem heilsamen Einfluss wie eine Blume und trug strahlende Berichte über Schularbeit und Ziele zum bewundernden Matthew und der kritischen Marilla nach Hause.

"Ich liebe Miss Stacy von ganzem Herzen, Marilla. Sie ist so damenhaft und sie hat so eine liebliche Stimme. Wenn sie meinen Namen ausspricht, fühle ich unwillkürlich, dass sie ihn mit einem e buchstabiert. Wir hatten heute Nachmittag Rezitationen. Ich wünschte nur, du hättest dort sein können, um zu hören, wie ich "Mary, Queen of Scots" vortrage. Ich habe es wirklich mit Leib und Seele vorgetragen. Auf dem Nachhauseweg hat mir Ruby Gillis gesagt, dass die Art, wie ich die Zeile "Now for my father's arm, she said, my woman's heart farewell", vorgetragen habe, ihr das Blut in den Adern gefrieren ließ."

"Also, du könntest es für mich in den nächsten Tagen draußen in der Scheune vortragen", schlug Matthew vor.

"Natürlich werde ich das", sagte Anne nachdenklich, "aber ich werde es nicht so gut machen können, wie ich weiß. Es wird nicht so aufregend sein, wie es ist, wenn man eine ganze Schule vor sich hat, die atemlos an den eigenen Lippen klebt. Ich weiß, dass ich nicht in der Lage sein werde, es zu schaffen, dass dir das Blut gefriert."

"Mrs. Lynde sagt, es ließ ihr Blut in den Adern gefrieren zu sehen, wie die Jungen letzten Freitag bis zu den äußersten Spitzen von diesen großen Bäumen auf Bells Hill zu Krähennestern geklettert sind", sagte Marilla. 'Ich wundere mich, dass Miss Stacy das gebilligt hat.'

"Aber wir wollten ein Krähennest für Naturkunde", erklärte Anne. "Das war an unserem Feldnachmittag. Feldnachmittage sind großartig, Marilla. Und Miss Stacy erklärt alles so wunderschön. Wir müssen an unseren Feldnachmittagen Aufsätze schreiben und ich schreibe die besten."

" Es ist sehr eitel von dir, das so zu sagen. Du lässt es besser deine Lehrerin sagen."

"Aber sie sagte es, Marilla. Und darauf bilde ich mir nichts ein. Wie kann ich es sein, wenn ich solch ein Dummkopf in Geometrie bin? Obwohl ich wirklich beginne, sie auch ein wenig zu durchschauen. Miss Stacy macht sie so deutlich. Trotzdem werde ich nie gut darin sein, und ich versichere dir, das ist eine demütigende Überlegung. Aber ich liebe es, Aufsätze zu schreiben. Meistens lässt uns Miss Stacy unsere eigenen Themen wählen; aber nächste Woche sollen wir einen Aufsatz über eine bemerkenswerte Person schreiben. Es fällt schwer, unter so vielen bedeutenden Personen, die gelebt haben, zu wählen. Muss es nicht großartig sein, so bedeutend zu sein, dass Aufsätze über dich geschrieben werden, nachdem du schon tot bist. Oh, ich würde es von Herzen lieben, bemerkenswert zu sein. Ich denke, wenn ich erwachsen bin, werde ich eine ausgebildete Krankenschwester sein und mit dem Roten Kreuz als Botin der Barmherzigkeit ins Schlachtfeld ziehen. Sprich, wenn ich nicht als fremdländische Missionarin hinausgehe. Das wäre sehr romantisch, aber man müsste sehr gut sein, um Missionar zu sein und das wäre ein Stolperstein. Wir haben auch täglich Körperkulturübungen. Sie machen dich anmutig und unterstützen die Verdauung."

"Unterstützen Pustekuchen!" sagte Marilla, die wirklich glaubte, es wäre alles Unsinn.

Aber all die Feldnachmittage und Rezitationsfreitage und Körperkulturverrenkungen verblassten gegen ein Projekt, das Miss Stacy im November vorschlug. Es handelte sich um ein Konzert der Schüler der Schule von Avonlea, das sie auf die Beine stellen und am Weihnachtsabend im Gemeindesaal halten sollten, für den lobenswerten Zweck, die Kosten für eine Schulhausfahne zu unterstützen. Die Schüler fanden samt und sonders gnädig an diesem Vorhaben Gefallen, die Vorbereitungen für ein Programm wurden sofort begonnen. Und von allen aufgeregten ausgwählten Darstellern war niemand so aufgeregt wie Anne Shirley, die sich mit Leib und Seele in das Unterfangen stürzte, so beeinträchtigt, wie sie durch Marillas Missbilligung auch war. Marilla hielt alles für ausgesprochene Dummheit.

"Es füllt eure Köpfe nur mit Uninn auf und nimmt Zeit, die für eure Augaben verwendet werden müsste", meckerte sie. "Ich befürworte es nicht, dass Kinder Konzerte organisieren und zu Proben herumrennen. Es macht sie eitel und vorlaut und herumtreiberisch."

"Aber denk an den guten Zweck", machte Anne geltend. "Eine Fahne wird einen patriotischen Geist fördern, Marilla"

"Mist! Da ist herzlich wenig Patriotismus in den Gedanken von jedem von euch. Alles, was ihr wollt, ist Spaß."

"Na, wann kann man Patriotismus und Spaß verbinden, ist das nicht gut? Natürlich ist es wirklich nett, ein Konzert zu organisieren. Wir werden sechs Chorwerke haben und Diana wird ein Solo singen. Ich bin in zwei Dialogen—'Die Gesellschaft zur Bekämpfung von Tratsch' und 'Die Feenkönigin.' Die Jungen werden auch einen Dialog haben. Und ich werde zwei Rezitationen haben, Marilla. Ich zittere, wenn ich nur daran denke, aber das ist eine nette, aufregende Art des Zitterns. Und wir werden endlich ein Tableau haben—'Glaube, Hoffnung und Nächstenliebe.' Diana, Ruby und ich werden darin sein, in weiß gekleidet mit offenem Haar. Ich werde die Hoffnung sein, meine Hände verschlungen - so - und meine Augen erhoben. Ich werde meine Rezitationen in der Mansarde üben. Hab keine Angst, wenn du mich ächzen hörst. Ich muss herzzerreißend in einer ihrer ächzen, und es ist wirklich schwierig, ein gutes künstlerisches Ächzen, zu produzieren, Marilla. Josie Pye schmollt, weil sie nicht die Rolle bekam, die sie im Dialog wollte. Sie wollte die Feenkönigin sein. Das wäre lächerlich gewesen, wer hat jemals von einer Feenkönigin gehört, die so dick ist wie Josie? Feenköniginnen müssen schlank sein. Jane Andrews wird die Königin sein und ich eine ihrer Hofdamen. Josie sagt, sie denkt, eine rothaarige Fee ist genauso lächerlich wie ein dicke, aber ich kümmere mich nicht darum, was Josie sagt. Ich soll einen Kranz aus weißen Rosen auf meinem Haar tragen und Ruby Gillis wird mir ihre Slipper leihen, weil ich keine eigenen habe. Es ist unabdingbar für Feen, Slipper zu haben, wie du weißt. Kannst du dir eine Fee vorstellen, die Stiefel trägt? Nein, oder? Insbesondere mit Kupferspitzen? Wir werden die Halle mit kriechender Fichte und Tanne und Wahlsprüchen mit rosa Seidenpapier darin dekorieren. Nachdem das Publikum Platz genommen hat, werden wir alle zu zweit einmarschieren, während Emma White einen Marsch auf der Orgel spielt. Oh Marilla, ich weiß, du bist darüber nicht so begeistert wie ich, aber hoffst du nicht, dass sich deine kleine Anne profiliert?

"Alles, was ich hoffe ist, dass du dich betragen wirst. Ich werde herzlich froh sein, wenn all dieser Rummel vorbei ist und du dich wieder beruhigen wirst. Du bist einfach ein Nichtsnutz gerade jetzt, mit deinem vollgestopften Kopf voller Dialoge und Seufzer und Szenen. Was deine Zunge angeht, ist es ein Wunder, dass sie nicht gründlich abgenutzt ist."

Anne seufzte und begab sich in den Hinterhof, über dem ein junger Neumond durch das blattlose Pappelgeäst vom apfelgrünen Westhimmel schien und wo Matthew Holz spaltete. Anne hockte sich auf einen Klotz und sprach das Konzert mit ihm durch, zumindest in diesem Fall mit einem dankbaren und sympathischen Zuhörer.

"Nun, ich rechne damit, dass es ein recht gutes Konzert sein wird." "Und ich nehme an, du wirst deinen Teil gut machen", sagte er und lächelte hinab in ihr eifriges, aufgewecktes kleines Gesicht. Anne erwiderte sein Lächeln. Die Zwei waren beste Freunde, und immer wieder dankte Matthew seinen Glücksternen, dass er mit ihrer Erziehung nichts zu tun hatte. Das war Marillas alleinige Aufgabe, wenn es seine gewesen wäre, wäre er über häufige Konflikte zwischen Neigung und besagter Pflicht beunruhigt gewesen. So wie die Dinge standen, hatte er, wie Marilla es ausdrückte, freie Hand, "Anne zu verwöhnen", so viel er wollte. 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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CHAPTER XXIV.
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MISS STACY AND HER PUPILS GET UP A CONCERT.
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The Birch Path was a canopy of yellow and the ferns were sear and brown all along it.
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Life was certainly very interesting.
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In the new teacher she found another true and helpful friend.
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"I love Miss Stacy with my whole heart, Marilla.
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She is so ladylike and she has such a sweet voice.
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I just wish you could have been there to hear me recite 'Mary, Queen of Scots.'
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I just put my whole soul into it.
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"Well now, you might recite it for me some of these days, out in the barn," suggested Matthew.
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"Of course I will," said Anne meditatively, "but I won't be able to do it so well, I know.
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I know I won't be able to make your blood run cold."
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"I wonder at Miss Stacy for encouraging it."
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"But we wanted a crow's nest for nature study," explained Anne.
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"That was on our field afternoon.
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Field afternoons are splendid, Marilla.
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And Miss Stacy explains everything so beautifully.
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We have to write compositions on our field afternoons and I write the best ones."
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"It's very vain of you to say so then.
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You'd better let your teacher say it."
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"But she did say it, Marilla.
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And indeed I'm not vain about it.
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How can I be, when I'm such a dunce at geometry?
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Although I'm really beginning to see through it a little, too.
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Miss Stacy makes it so clear.
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Still, I'll never be good at it and I assure you it is a humbling reflection.
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But I love writing compositions.
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It's hard to choose among so many remarkable people who have lived.
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Mustn't it be splendid to be remarkable and have compositions written about you after you're dead?
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Oh, I would dearly love to be remarkable.
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That is, if I don't go out as a foreign missionary.
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We have physical culture exercises every day, too.
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They make you graceful and promote digestion."
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"Promote fiddlesticks!"
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said Marilla, who honestly thought it was all nonsense.
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Marilla thought it all rank foolishness.
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"I don't approve of children's getting up concerts and racing about to practices.
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It makes them vain and forward and fond of gadding."
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"But think of the worthy object," pleaded Anne.
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"A flag will cultivate a spirit of patriotism, Marilla."
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"Fudge!
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There's precious little patriotism in the thoughts of any of you.
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All you want is a good time."
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"Well, when you can combine patriotism and fun, isn't it all right?
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Of course it's real nice to be getting up a concert.
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We're going to have six choruses and Diana is to sing a solo.
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The boys are going to have a dialogue, too.
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And I'm to have two recitations, Marilla.
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I just tremble when I think of it, but it's a nice thrilly kind of tremble.
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And we're to have a tableau at the last—'Faith, Hope and Charity.'
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Diana and Ruby and I are to be in it, all draped in white with flowing hair.
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I'm to be Hope, with my hands clasped—so—and my eyes uplifted.
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I'm going to practise my recitations in the garret.
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Don't be alarmed if you hear me groaning.
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Josie Pye is sulky because she didn't get the part she wanted in the dialogue.
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She wanted to be the fairy queen.
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That would have been ridiculous, for who ever heard of a fairy queen as fat as Josie?
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Fairy queens must be slender.
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Jane Andrews is to be the queen and I am to be one of her maids of honour.
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It's necessary for fairies to have slippers, you know.
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You couldn't imagine a fairy wearing boots, could you?
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Especially with copper toes?
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"All I hope is that you'll behave yourself.
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I'll be heartily glad when all this fuss is over and you'll be able to settle down.
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As for your tongue, it's a marvel it's not clean worn out."
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"Well now, I reckon it's going to be a pretty good concert.
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Anne smiled back at him.
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As it was, he was free to "spoil Anne"—Marilla's phrasing—as much as he liked.
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Update: Thank to Gaby and her watching the movie, we now know that:
1. Anne only use the formal form ("Sie") at the start, but later (we agreed for Chapter XI) she will say "du" to Marilla and Matthew, and the formal form with everybody else but her classmates. Marilla and Rachel are friends and they use "du".
2. She likes overstatements and superlatives.
3. We need to translate "green gables" as it is done in the movie.

Anne of Green Gables (1908)

Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. It has been adapted as film, made-for-television movies, and animated and live-action television series. — Excerpted from Anne of Green Gables (1908) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables_(1908)

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CHAPTER XXIV.

MISS STACY AND HER PUPILS GET UP A CONCERT.

It was October again when Anne was ready to go back to school—a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain—amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through. The Birch Path was a canopy of yellow and the ferns were sear and brown all along it. There was a tang in the very air that inspired the hearts of small maidens tripping, unlike snails, swiftly and willingly to school; and it was jolly to be back again at the little brown desk beside Diana, with Ruby Gillis nodding across the aisle and Carrie Sloane sending up notes and Julia Bell passing a "chew" of gum down from the back seat. Anne drew a long breath of happiness as she sharpened her pencil and arranged her picture cards in her desk. Life was certainly very interesting.

In the new teacher she found another true and helpful friend. Miss Stacy was a bright, sympathetic young woman with the happy gift of winning and holding the affections of her pupils and bringing out the best that was in them mentally and morally. Anne expanded like a flower under this wholesome influence and carried home to the admiring Matthew and the critical Marilla glowing accounts of school work and aims.

"I love Miss Stacy with my whole heart, Marilla. She is so ladylike and she has such a sweet voice. When she pronounces my name I feel instinctively that she's spelling it with an e. We had recitations this afternoon. I just wish you could have been there to hear me recite 'Mary, Queen of Scots.' I just put my whole soul into it. Ruby Gillis told me coming home that the way I said the line, 'Now for my father's arm, she said, my woman's heart farewell,' just made her blood run cold."

"Well now, you might recite it for me some of these days, out in the barn," suggested Matthew.

"Of course I will," said Anne meditatively, "but I won't be able to do it so well, I know. It won't be so exciting as it is when you have a whole schoolful before you hanging breathlessly on your words. I know I won't be able to make your blood run cold."

"Mrs. Lynde says it made her blood run cold to see the boys climbing to the very tops of those big trees on Bell's hill after crows' nests last Friday," said Marilla. "I wonder at Miss Stacy for encouraging it."

"But we wanted a crow's nest for nature study," explained Anne. "That was on our field afternoon. Field afternoons are splendid, Marilla. And Miss Stacy explains everything so beautifully. We have to write compositions on our field afternoons and I write the best ones."

"It's very vain of you to say so then. You'd better let your teacher say it."

"But she did say it, Marilla. And indeed I'm not vain about it. How can I be, when I'm such a dunce at geometry? Although I'm really beginning to see through it a little, too. Miss Stacy makes it so clear. Still, I'll never be good at it and I assure you it is a humbling reflection. But I love writing compositions. Mostly Miss Stacy lets us choose our own subjects; but next week we are to write a composition on some remarkable person. It's hard to choose among so many remarkable people who have lived. Mustn't it be splendid to be remarkable and have compositions written about you after you're dead? Oh, I would dearly love to be remarkable. I think when I grow up I'll be a trained nurse and go with the Red Crosses to the field of battle as a messenger of mercy. That is, if I don't go out as a foreign missionary. That would be very romantic, but one would have to be very good to be a missionary, and that would be a stumbling-block. We have physical culture exercises every day, too. They make you graceful and promote digestion."

"Promote fiddlesticks!" said Marilla, who honestly thought it was all nonsense.

But all the field afternoons and recitation Fridays and physical culture contortions paled before a project which Miss Stacy brought forward in November. This was that the scholars of Avonlea school should get up a concert and hold it in the hall on Christmas night, for the laudable purpose of helping to pay for a schoolhouse flag. The pupils one and all taking graciously to this plan, the preparations for a programme were begun at once. And of all the excited performers-elect none was so excited as Anne Shirley, who threw herself into the undertaking heart and soul, hampered as she was by Marilla's disapproval. Marilla thought it all rank foolishness.

"It's just filling your heads up with nonsense and taking time that ought to be put on your lessons," she grumbled. "I don't approve of children's getting up concerts and racing about to practices. It makes them vain and forward and fond of gadding."

"But think of the worthy object," pleaded Anne. "A flag will cultivate a spirit of patriotism, Marilla."

"Fudge! There's precious little patriotism in the thoughts of any of you. All you want is a good time."

"Well, when you can combine patriotism and fun, isn't it all right? Of course it's real nice to be getting up a concert. We're going to have six choruses and Diana is to sing a solo. I'm in two dialogues—'The Society for the Suppression of Gossip' and 'The Fairy Queen.' The boys are going to have a dialogue, too. And I'm to have two recitations, Marilla. I just tremble when I think of it, but it's a nice thrilly kind of tremble. And we're to have a tableau at the last—'Faith, Hope and Charity.' Diana and Ruby and I are to be in it, all draped in white with flowing hair. I'm to be Hope, with my hands clasped—so—and my eyes uplifted. I'm going to practise my recitations in the garret. Don't be alarmed if you hear me groaning. I have to groan heartrendingly in one of them, and it's really hard to get up a good artistic groan, Marilla. Josie Pye is sulky because she didn't get the part she wanted in the dialogue. She wanted to be the fairy queen. That would have been ridiculous, for who ever heard of a fairy queen as fat as Josie? Fairy queens must be slender. Jane Andrews is to be the queen and I am to be one of her maids of honour. Josie says she thinks a red-haired fairy is just as ridiculous as a fat one, but I do not let myself mind what Josie says. I'm to have a wreath of white roses on my hair and Ruby Gillis is going to lend me her slippers because I haven't any of my own. It's necessary for fairies to have slippers, you know. You couldn't imagine a fairy wearing boots, could you? Especially with copper toes? We are going to decorate the hall with creeping spruce and fir mottoes with pink tissue-paper roses in them. And we are all to march in two by two after the audience is seated, while Emma White plays a march on the organ. Oh, Marilla, I know you are not so enthusiastic about it as I am, but don't you hope your little Anne will distinguish herself?"

"All I hope is that you'll behave yourself. I'll be heartily glad when all this fuss is over and you'll be able to settle down. You are simply good for nothing just now with your head stuffed full of dialogues and groans and tableaus. As for your tongue, it's a marvel it's not clean worn out."

Anne sighed and betook herself to the back yard, over which a young new moon was shining through the leafless poplar boughs from an apple-green western sky, and where Matthew was splitting wood. Anne perched herself on a block and talked the concert over with him, sure of an appreciative and sympathetic listener in this instance at least.

"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 Marilla'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"—Marilla'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.