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CHAPITRE XXIV.


MADEMOISELLE STACY ET SES ÉLÈVES ORGANISENT UN CONCERT.


Anne était prête à retourner à l'école lorsque octobre s’annonça de nouveau... un octobre splendide, tout de rouge et d'or, avec des matins doux quand les vallées se remplissent de brumes délicates, comme si l'esprit de l'automne les y avait déversées pour que le soleil les disperse... améthyste, perle, argent, et bleu acier. Il y avait tellement de rosée que les champs brillaient comme des parures d'argent et un tel bruissement de feuilles mortes quand on courait dans les sous-bois. Le sentier des bouleaux formait une voute jaune bordée de fougères brulées et brunes. Il y avait comme un parfum dans l'air qui inspirait le cœur des jeunes filles qui, contrairement aux escargots, se rendaient d'un pas léger, rapide et décidé vers l'école ; et c'était agréable de retrouver à nouveau le petit pupitre marron au côté de Diana, avec Ruby Gillis faisant un signe de tête de l'autre côté de l'allée, Carrie Sloane envoyant des mots et Julia Bell passant un chewing-gum depuis le siège de derrière. Anne poussa un long soupir de bonheur en taillant son crayon et en rangeant ses feuilles de dessin dans son pupitre. La vie était décidément vraiment passionnante.

Elle trouva avec la nouvelle institutrice une autre véritable amie et un soutien. Mlle Stacy était une jeune femme rayonnante et comprehensive avec l'heureux don de gagner et de conserver l'affection de ses élèves, les poussant à donner le meilleur d'eux même tant sur le plan intellectuel que moral. Anne s'épanouissait comme une fleur sous cette saine influence et rentrait à la maison auprès d'un Matthew admiratif et d'une Marilla critique, qu'elle abreuvait d'histoires à propos de ses devoirs et de ses objectifs.

— J'aime mademoiselle Stacy de tout mon cœur, Marilla. Elle est tellement distinguée et sa voix est si douce. Lorsqu'elle prononce mon nom, je sens instinctivement qu'elle l'orthographie avec un e. Nous avons eu des récitations cet après-midi. J'aurais voulu que tu sois là pour m'écouter réciter « Marie, Reine d'Écosse. » J'y ai mis toute mon âme. Ruby Gillis m'a dit en revenant à la maison que la façon dont je récitais le vers << Dorénavant au bras de mon père, dit-elle, mon cœur de femme dit adieu. >> lui a complétement glacé le sang.

— Hé bien maintenant tu pourrais me le réciter un de ces jours dans la grange, suggéra Matthew.

— Bien sûr je le ferai, dit Anne pensivement, mais je ne pourrai pas le faire aussi bien. Cela ne sera pas aussi excitant que quand tu as toute une classe qui retient son souffle suspendue à tes lèvres. Je sais que je ne pourrai pas te faire froid dans le dos.

— Mme Lynde dit que son sang s'est figé lorsqu'elle a vu les garçons grimper tout au sommet des arbres de la colline des Bell pour dénicher les corbeaux, dit Marilla. Je m'étonne que Mlle Stacy l'encourage.

— Mais nous voulions un nid de corbeaux pour étudier les sciences naturelles, expliqua Anne. C'était notre après-midi de plein air. Les après-midi de plein air sont formidables, Marilla. Et Mlle Stacy explique tout si bien. Il a fallu écrire des rédactions sur nos après-midi de plein-air, et j'ai rédigé les meilleures.

— C'est vraiment vaniteux de le raconter. Tu aurais mieux fait de le laisser dire par ta maitresse.

— Mais elle l'a fait, Marilla. Et vraiment, je ne me vante pas. Comment le pourrais-je alors que je suis nulle en géométrie ? Bien que je commence vraiment à y voir un peu plus clair, aussi. Mlle Stacy la rend si claire. Pourtant, je ne serai jamais bonne en géométrie et je t'assure que c'est une constatation humiliante. Mais j'aime faire des rédactions. La plupart du temps, Mlle Stacy nous laisse choisir nos propres sujets; mais la semaine prochaine, nous allons devoir faire une rédaction sur quelque personne remarquable. C'est difficile de choisir parmi toutes les personnes remarquables qui ont vécu. N'est-ce pas formidable d'être quelqu'un de remarquable et qu'on écrive des rédactions sur nous après notre mort ? Oh, j'adorerais tant être célèbre. Je pense que quand je serai grande, je serai infirmière diplômée et j'irai, sous les couleurs de la Croix-Rouge, sur les champs de bataille comme messagère de la miséricorde. Enfin, si je ne pars pas comme missionnaire à l'étranger. Ce serait si romanesque, mais il faut être une très bonne personne pour devenir missionnaire et ça risque d'être la pierre d'achoppement. Nous faisons aussi des exercices de culture physique, chaque jour. Ils vous rendent gracieux et favorisent la digestion.

— Favorisent les fadaises, oui ! dit Marilla, qui pensait sincèrement que tout cela était ridicule.

Mais les après-midi de plein air, la récitation du vendredi et les contorsions de culture physique devinrent bien insipides devant le projet que Mlle Stacy présenta en novembre. Les écoliers d'Avonlea allaient organiser un concert et jouer dans la salle des fêtes le soir de Noël, dans le but louable de récolter des fonds pour l'achat d'un drapeau pour l'école. Les élèves ayant tous adhéré volontiers à ce projet, les préparatifs pour un programme commencèrent sur le champ. Et parmi tous les artistes surexcités, aucun ne l'était autant qu'Anne Shirley, qui se jeta corps et âme dans l'entreprise, malgré la désapprobation de Marilla. Marilla pensait que ce n'était qu'un ramassis d'âneries.

— Cela va seulement embrouiller vos cervelles avec des bêtises et vous faire perdre le temps que vous devriez consacrer à étudier vos leçons, grommela-t-elle. Je n'apprécie pas que les enfants organisent des concerts et courent partout pour les répétitions. Ça les rend superficiels, effrontés et flâneurs.

— Mais tu oublies que le but est louable, plaida Anne. Un drapeau favorisera un esprit de patriotisme, Marilla.

— Tara tata ! Vous n'avez que faire du patriotisme. Tout ce que vous voulez c'est prendre du bon temps.

— Eh bien, quand on peut combiner le patriotisme et amusement, n'est-ce pas très bien ? Bien sûr, c'est vraiment formidable d'organiser un concert. On va chanter six refrains et Diana interprétera un solo. J'interviens dans deux dialogues —"La société pour la suppression des commérages" et "La reine des fées". Les garçons aussi exécuteront un dialogue. Et je réciterai deux textes, Marilla. J'en tremble quand j'y pense, mais c'est un charmant frémissement. Et on aura un tableau final —"Foi, espoir et charité". Diana, Ruby et moi y participerons, toutes drapées de blanc, cheveux dénoués. Je représenterai l’Espoir, les mains jointes — et les yeux levés vers le ciel. Je vais répéter mes récitations dans la mansarde. Ne sois pas inquiète si tu m'entends gémir. Je dois pousser un gémissement déchirant dans l'un d'entre eux, et c'est vraiment difficile d'obtenir un bon gémissement artistique, Marilla. Josie Pye fait la tête parce qu'elle n'a pas eu le rôle qu'elle souhaitait dans le dialogue. Elle désirait être la reine des fées. Cela aurait été ridicule, car a-t-on jamais entendu parler d'une reine des fées aussi grosse que Josie ? Les reines des fées doivent être élancées. Jane Andrews sera la reine et je serai l'une de ses demoiselles d'honneur. Josie dit qu'elle pense qu'une fée rousse est aussi ridicule qu'une grosse fée, mais je me fiche bien de ce que dit Josie. J'aurai une couronne de roses blanches sur mes cheveux et Ruby Gillis va me prêter ses chaussons de danse car je n'en ai pas. Il est nécessaire pour les fées d'avoir des chaussons, tu sais. On n'imagine pas une fée portant des bottes, le pourrais-tu ? Surtout avec des embouts cuivrés ? Nous allons décorer la salle avec des branches d'épinette et de sapin, parsemées de roses en papier. Et nous défilerons deux par deux une fois que le public sera installé, pendant qu'Emma White jouera une marche à l'orgue. Oh, Marilla, je sais que tu n'es pas aussi enthousiaste que moi à cette perspective, mais n'espères-tu pas que ta petite Anne se distinguera ?

— Tout ce que je souhaite c'est que tu te conduises bien. Je serai vraiment heureuse quand toute cette histoire sera finie et que tu arriveras à te tenir tranquille. Tu n'es tout simplement bonne à rien en ce moment, avec la tête farcie de dialogues, de gémissements et de tableaux. Quant à ta langue, c'est un miracle qu'elle ne soit pas complètement épuisée.

Anne soupira et se rendit dans l'arrière-cour que la nouvelle lune, se découpant à l'ouest sur un ciel vert pomme, éclairait à travers les branches de peupliers dépourvues de leurs feuilles et où Matthew fendait du bois. Anne se percha sur un billot de bois et parla du concert avec lui, assurée d'un auditeur reconnaissant et sympathique, au moins pour cette occasion.

— Eh bien maintenant, je pense que ça va être un très bon concert. Et j'espère que tu seras parfaite dans ton rôle, dit-il en souriant à son petit visage passionné et enjoué. Anne lui sourit en retour. Ces deux-là étaient les meilleurs amis du monde et Matthew remerciait constamment sa bonne étoile de ne pas être chargé de son éducation. C'était la responsabilité exclusive de Marilla ; si ça avait été la sienne, il aurait fréquemment été tiraillé par des conflits entre son affection et son devoir. Tel que c'était, il était libre de « gâter Anne » — comme disait Marilla — autant qu'il le voulait. Mais après tout ce n'était pas un si mauvais arrangement ; parfois dans ce monde un peu d'encouragement pouvait s'avérer aussi bénéfique qu'une éducation méticuleuse.
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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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I'm in two dialogues—'The Society for the Suppression of Gossip' and 'The Fairy Queen.'
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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 ("vous") at the start, but later (we agreed for Chapter XI) she will say "tu" to Marilla and Matthew, and the formal form with everybody else but her classmates. Marilla and Rachel are friends and they use "tu".
2. She likes overstatements and superlatives.
3. We need to translate "green gables" by "les pignons verts" as it is done in the movie.
by gaelle044 2 weeks ago

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)

by gaelle044 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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.