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CHAPITRE VII.


ANNE FAIT SES PRIÈRES.


Lorsque Marilla accompagna Anne jusqu'à son lit cette nuit-là, elle lui dit sèchement, — Maintenant, Anne, j'ai remarqué la nuit dernière que tu jettes tes vêtements n'importe où sur le sol quand tu les enlèves. C'est une habitude très négligée, et je ne peux absolument pas l'autoriser. Aussitôt que tu retires un vêtement quelconque, plie-le soigneusement et place-le sur la chaise. Je n'ai pas besoin des petites filles qui ne sont pas soignées.

— Mon esprit était si bouleversé la nuit dernière que je n'ai pas du tout pensé à mes vêtements, déclara Anne. Je vais bien les plier ce soir. On nous obligeait toujours faire cela à l'orphelinat. Pourtant, une fois sur deux, j'oubliais, tellement j'étais pressée de me coucher tranquille et laisser libre cours à mon imagination.

— Tu devras t'en souvenir un peu mieux si tu restes ici, la sermonna Marilla. Voilà qui est mieux. Maintenant, fais tes prières et va au lit.

— Je ne fais jamais de prières, avoua Anne.

Marilla eut l'air horrifiée.

— Comment, Anne, que veux-tu dire ? N'as-tu jamais appris à réciter tes prières ? Dieu veut toujours que les petites filles fassent leurs prières. Ignores-tu qui est Dieu, Anne ?

— Dieu est un Esprit, infini, éternel et immuable, dans son existence, sa sagesse, son pouvoir, sa sainteté, sa justice, sa bonté et sa vérité, répondit Anne sur le champ et sans hésitation.

Marilla eut l'air plutôt soulagée.

— Dieu merci, tu connais donc bien certaines choses ! Tu n'es donc pas totalement païenne. Où as-tu appris ça ?

— Oh, au catéchisme à l'orphelinat. Ils nous ont fait apprendre tout le catéchisme. Ça me plaisait plutôt bien. Il y a quelque chose de merveilleux à propos de certaines de ses paroles. Infini, éternel et immuable, n'est-ce pas grandiose ? Il a un tel phrasé pour cela — on dirait un gros orgue qui joue. — On ne peut pas vraiment parler de poésie, j'imagine, mais ça y ressemble beaucoup, pas vrai ?

— Nous ne parlons pas de poésie, Anne — nous parlons de tes prières. Ignores-tu pas que c'est une terrible vilaine chose de ne pas dire tes prières chaque soirs ? J'ai bien peur que tu ne sois une très vilaine petite fille.

— Vous trouveriez plus facile d'être vilaine que gentille si vous aviez les cheveux roux, déclara Anne d'un ton réprobateur. Les gens qui n'ont pas les cheveux roux ne peuvent pas comprendre quel problème c'est. Mme Thomas m'a dit que Dieu m'avait délibérément donné des cheveux roux, et depuis, je ne me suis jamais souciée de Lui. Et de toute façon, j'étais toujours trop fatiguée le soir pour prendre la peine de dire des prières. Les personnes qui doivent s'occuper de jumeaux ne peuvent espérer réciter leurs prières. Alors, pensez-vous honnêtement qu'ils peuvent ?

Marilla décida que l'éducation religieuse d'Anne devait commencer tout de suite. Evidemment il n'y avait pas de temps à perdre.

— Tu dois faire tes prières tant que tu es sous mon toit, Anne.

— Bien sûr, si vous voulez que je le fasse, consentit Anne gaiement. Je ferais n'importe quoi pour vous. Mais, vous devez me suggérer quoi dire pour cette fois. Une fois que je serai dans mon lit, j'imaginerai une vraie belle prière à dire toujours. Je crois que ce sera plutôt intéressant, maintenant que j'y pense.

— Tu dois t'agenouiller, dit Marilla avec embarras.

Anne s'agenouilla au pied de Marilla et leva les yeux gravement.

— Pourquoi doit-on s'agenouiller pour faire les prières ? Si je voulais vraiment prier, je vais vous dire ce que je ferais. Je sortirais dans un grand champ, toute seule, ou dans un bois profond... profond, et je lèverais les yeux vers le ciel haut... haut... haut... un ciel dont l'immensité azuréenne semblerait tendre vers l'infini. Et alors je sentirais juste une prière. Eh bien, je suis prête. Que dois-je dire ?

Marilla se sentait plus embarrassée que jamais. Elle avait eu l'intention d'enseigner à Anne la prière enfantine classique : « Maintenant, je m'étends pour dormir. » Mais elle avait, comme je vous l'ai dit, un sens de l'humour assez vif —- qui était simplement un autre nom pour l'aptitude à juger des choses —, et il lui vint soudainement à l'idée que cette petite prière simple, sacrée pour les petites filles en robe blanche qui zézaient auprès des genoux maternels, était totalement inadaptée à cette espèce de sorcière-enfant aux taches de rousseur qui ne connaissait pas l'amour divin, ni ne s'en souciait, puisqu'elle n'avait jamais pu l'éprouver n'ayant pas connu l'amour des hommes.

— Tu es assez grande pour prier par toi-même, Anne, dit-elle, finalement. Remercie seulement Dieu pour ses bienfaits et demande-Lui humblement les choses que tu veux.

Bon, je vais faire de mon mieux, promit Anne, enfouissant son visage dans le giron de Marilla. Père céleste et miséricordieux — c'est comme cela que les pasteurs le disent à l'église, donc je suppose que c'est bien dans une prière personnelle, n'est-ce pas ? ajouta-t-elle, en levant la tête pour un instant. Père céleste et miséricordieux, je Te remercie pour la Voie Blanche du Délice et le Lac des Eaux Étincelantes et Bonny et la Reine des Neiges. Je suis vraiment extrêmement reconnaissante pour eux. Et c'est tout les bénédictions que je peux penser à l'instant pour vous remercier. Quant aux choses que je désire, elles sont si nombreuses que cela prendrait beaucoup de temps pour les nommer toutes, alors je ne mentionnerai donc que les deux plus importantes. S'il te plaît permets-moi de rester à Green Gables ; et s'il te plaît, fais que je sois jolie quand je serai grande. Bien à vous, Anne Shirley.


— Voilà, l'ai-je bien faite ? demanda-t-elle avec enthousiasme, en se levant. — J'aurais plus la rendre beaucoup plus poétique si j'avais eu un peu plus de temps pour y réfléchir.

La pauvre Marilla parvint à ne pas défaillir en se disant que ce n'était pas de l'irrévérence, mais la simple ignorance du sacré chez Anne qui était responsable de cette requête extraordinaire. Elle borda l'enfant dans son lit, se promettant mentalement de lui enseigner une prière le lendemain, et quitta la pièce avec la chandelle quand Anne la rappela.

— J'y pense juste à l'instant. J'aurais dû dire "Amen" à la place de "votre servante", à la manière des pasteurs, non ? Je l'avais oublié, mais je sentais qu'une prière devrait être conclue d'une certaine façon, alors j'en ai utilisé une autre. Pensez-vous que cela fera une différence ?

— Je — je ne pense pas, dit Marilla. Va dormir maintenant, comme une enfant sage. Bonne nuit.

— Je peux dire bonne nuit ce soir avec la conscience tranquille, dit Anne, en se pelotnnant avec delice parmi ses oreillers.

Marilla se retira dans la cuisine, posa la bougie vigoureusement sur la table et regarda Matthew.

Matthew Cuthbert, il est grand temps que quelqu'un adopte cet enfant et lui apprenne quelque chose. Elle est sur le point de devenir une parfaite païenne. Croiras-tu qu'elle n'a jamais dit une prière de sa vie jusqu'à ce soir ? — Je m'adresserai demain au presbytère pour leur emprunter un petit catéchisme, voilà ce que je vais faire. Et elle ira à l'école du dimanche dès que j'aurai pu lui confectionner des vêtements convenables. Je prévois que je vais être bien occupée. Bien, bien; nous ne pouvons pas traverser ce monde sans notre part de difficultés. J'ai eu une vie assez facile jusqu'à présent, mais mon temps est enfin arrivé et je présume que je devrai m'en accommoder.
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CHAPTER VII.
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ANNE SAYS HER PRAYERS.
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That is a very untidy habit, and I can't allow it at all.
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As soon as you take off any article of clothing fold it neatly and place it on the chair.
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I haven't any use at all for little girls who aren't neat."
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"I was so harrowed up in my mind last night that I didn't think about my clothes at all," said Anne.
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"I'll fold them nicely to-night.
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They always made us do that at the asylum.
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"You'll have to remember a little better if you stay here," admonished Marilla.
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"There, that looks something like.
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Say your prayers now and get into bed."
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"I never say any prayers," announced Anne.
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Marilla looked horrified astonishment.
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"Why, Anne, what do you mean?
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Were you never taught to say your prayers?
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God always wants little girls to say their prayers.
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Don't you know who God is, Anne?
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Marilla looked rather relieved.
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"So you do know something then, thank goodness!
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You're not quite a heathen.
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Where did you learn that?"
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"Oh, at the asylum Sunday-school.
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They made us learn the whole catechism.
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I liked it pretty well.
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There's something splendid about some of the words.
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'Infinite, eternal and unchangeable,' Isn't that grand?
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It has such a roll to it—just like a big organ playing.
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You couldn't quite call it poetry, I suppose, but it sounds a lot like it, doesn't it?"
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"We're not talking about poetry, Anne—we are talking about saying your prayers.
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Don't you know it's a terrible wicked thing not to say your prayers every night?
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I'm afraid you are a very bad little girl."
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"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully.
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"People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is.
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Mrs. Thomas told me that God made my hair red on purpose, and I've never cared about Him since.
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And anyhow I'd always be too tired at night to bother saying prayers.
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People who have to look after twins can't be expected to say their prayers.
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Now, do you honestly think they can?"
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Marilla decided that Anne's religious training must be begun at once.
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Plainly there was no time to be lost.
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"You must say your prayers while you are under my roof, Anne."
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"Why, of course, if you want me to," assented Anne cheerfully.
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"I'd do anything to oblige you.
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But you'll have to tell me what to say for this once.
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After I get into bed I'll imagine out a real nice prayer to say always.
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I believe that it will be quite interesting, now that I come to think of it."
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"You must kneel down," said Marilla in embarrassment.
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Anne knelt at Marilla's knee and looked up gravely.
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"Why must people kneel down to pray?
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If I really wanted to pray I'll tell you what I'd do.
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And then I'd just feel a prayer.
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Well, I'm ready.
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What am I to say?"
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Marilla felt more embarrassed than ever.
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She had intended to teach Anne the childish classic, "Now I lay me down to sleep."
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"You're old enough to pray for yourself, Anne," she said finally.
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"Just thank God for your blessings and ask Him humbly for the things you want."
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"Well, I'll do my best," promised Anne, burying her face in Marilla's lap.
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she interjected, lifting her head for a moment.
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I'm really extremely grateful for them.
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And that's all the blessings I can think of just now to thank Thee for.
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Please let me stay at Green Gables; and please let me be good-looking when I grow up.
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I remain, "Yours respectfully, "Anne Shirley.
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"There, did I do it all right?"
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she asked eagerly, getting up.
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"I've just thought of it now.
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I should have said 'Amen' in place of 'yours respectfully,' shouldn't I?—the way the ministers do.
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I'd forgotten it, but I felt a prayer should be finished off in some way, so I put in the other.
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Do you suppose it will make any difference?"
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"I—I don't suppose it will," said Marilla.
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"Go to sleep now like a good child.
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Good night."
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Marilla retreated to the kitchen, set the candle firmly on the table, and glared at Matthew.
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"Matthew Cuthbert, it's about time somebody adopted that child and taught her something.
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She's next door to a perfect heathen.
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Will you believe that she never said a prayer in her life till to-night?
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I'll send to the manse to-morrow and borrow the Peep of Day series, that's what I'll do.
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And she shall go to Sunday-school just as soon as I can get some suitable clothes made for her.
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I foresee that I shall have my hands full.
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Well, well, we can't get through this world without our share of trouble.
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Est-ce que Anne vouvoye Marilla et Marilla tutoye Anne, ou les deux vouvoyent ?

by Trofaste 11 months, 1 week 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 11 months, 2 weeks ago

CHAPTER VII.

ANNE SAYS HER PRAYERS.

When Marilla took Anne up to bed that night she said stiffly:

"Now, Anne, I noticed last night that you threw your clothes all about the floor when you took them off. That is a very untidy habit, and I can't allow it at all. As soon as you take off any article of clothing fold it neatly and place it on the chair. I haven't any use at all for little girls who aren't neat."

"I was so harrowed up in my mind last night that I didn't think about my clothes at all," said Anne. "I'll fold them nicely to-night. They always made us do that at the asylum. Half the time, though, I'd forget, I'd be in such a hurry to get into bed nice and quiet and imagine things."

"You'll have to remember a little better if you stay here," admonished Marilla. "There, that looks something like. Say your prayers now and get into bed."

"I never say any prayers," announced Anne.

Marilla looked horrified astonishment.

"Why, Anne, what do you mean? Were you never taught to say your prayers? God always wants little girls to say their prayers. Don't you know who God is, Anne?

"'God is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth,'" responded Anne promptly and glibly.

Marilla looked rather relieved.

"So you do know something then, thank goodness! You're not quite a heathen. Where did you learn that?"

"Oh, at the asylum Sunday-school. They made us learn the whole catechism. I liked it pretty well. There's something splendid about some of the words. 'Infinite, eternal and unchangeable,' Isn't that grand? It has such a roll to it—just like a big organ playing. You couldn't quite call it poetry, I suppose, but it sounds a lot like it, doesn't it?"

"We're not talking about poetry, Anne—we are talking about saying your prayers. Don't you know it's a terrible wicked thing not to say your prayers every night? I'm afraid you are a very bad little girl."

"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully. "People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is. Mrs. Thomas told me that God made my hair red on purpose, and I've never cared about Him since. And anyhow I'd always be too tired at night to bother saying prayers. People who have to look after twins can't be expected to say their prayers. Now, do you honestly think they can?"

Marilla decided that Anne's religious training must be begun at once. Plainly there was no time to be lost.

"You must say your prayers while you are under my roof, Anne."

"Why, of course, if you want me to," assented Anne cheerfully. "I'd do anything to oblige you. But you'll have to tell me what to say for this once. After I get into bed I'll imagine out a real nice prayer to say always. I believe that it will be quite interesting, now that I come to think of it."

"You must kneel down," said Marilla in embarrassment.

Anne knelt at Marilla's knee and looked up gravely.

"Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I'll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or into the deep, deep woods, and I'd look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer. Well, I'm ready. What am I to say?"

Marilla felt more embarrassed than ever. She had intended to teach Anne the childish classic, "Now I lay me down to sleep." But she had, as I have told you, the glimmerings of a sense of humour—which is simply another name for a sense of the fitness of things; and it suddenly occurred to her that that simple little prayer, sacred to white-robed childhood lisping at motherly knees, was entirely unsuited to this freckled witch of a girl who knew and cared nothing about God's love, since she had never had it translated to her through the medium of human love.

"You're old enough to pray for yourself, Anne," she said finally. "Just thank God for your blessings and ask Him humbly for the things you want."

"Well, I'll do my best," promised Anne, burying her face in Marilla's lap. "Gracious heavenly Father—that's the way the ministers say it in church, so I suppose it's all right in a private prayer, isn't it?" she interjected, lifting her head for a moment. "Gracious heavenly Father, I thank Thee for the White Way of Delight and the Lake of Shining Waters and Bonny and the Snow Queen. I'm really extremely grateful for them. And that's all the blessings I can think of just now to thank Thee for. As for the things I want, they're so numerous that it would take a great deal of time to name them all, so I will only mention the two most important. Please let me stay at Green Gables; and please let me be good-looking when I grow up. I remain,

"Yours respectfully,
"Anne Shirley.

"There, did I do it all right?" she asked eagerly, getting up. "I could have made it much more flowery if I'd had a little more time to think it over."

Poor Marilla was only preserved from complete collapse by remembering that it was not irreverence, but simply spiritual ignorance on the part of Anne that was responsible for this extraordinary petition. She tucked the child up in bed, mentally vowing that she should be taught a prayer the very next day, and was leaving the room with the light when Anne called her back.

"I've just thought of it now. I should have said 'Amen' in place of 'yours respectfully,' shouldn't I?—the way the ministers do. I'd forgotten it, but I felt a prayer should be finished off in some way, so I put in the other. Do you suppose it will make any difference?"

"I—I don't suppose it will," said Marilla. "Go to sleep now like a good child. Good night."

"I can say good night to-night with a clear conscience," said Anne, cuddling luxuriously down among her pillows.

Marilla retreated to the kitchen, set the candle firmly on the table, and glared at Matthew.

"Matthew Cuthbert, it's about time somebody adopted that child and taught her something. She's next door to a perfect heathen. Will you believe that she never said a prayer in her life till to-night? I'll send to the manse to-morrow and borrow the Peep of Day series, that's what I'll do. And she shall go to Sunday-school just as soon as I can get some suitable clothes made for her. I foresee that I shall have my hands full. Well, well, we can't get through this world without our share of trouble. I've had a pretty easy life of it so far, but my time has come at last and I suppose I'll just have to make the best of it."