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COMPREHENSION WEEK 20 Q9

Anne set the card up against the jugful of apple blossoms she had brought in to decorate the dinner-table—Marilla had eyed that decoration, but had said nothing—propped her chin on her hands, and fell to studying it intently for several silent minutes. 

“I like this,” she announced at length. “It’s beautiful. I’ve heard it before—I heard the superintendent of the orphanage Sunday school say it over once. But I didn’t like it then. He had such a cracked voice and he prayed it so mournfully. I really felt sure he thought praying was a disagreeable duty. This isn’t poetry, but it makes me feel just the same way poetry does. ‘Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name.’ That is just like a line of music. Oh, I’m so glad you thought of making me learn this, Miss—Marilla.” 

“Well, learn it and hold your tongue,” said Marilla shortly. 

Anne tipped the vase of apple blossoms near enough to bestow a soft kiss on a pink-cupped bud, and then studied diligently for some moments longer. 

“Marilla,” she demanded presently, “do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?” 

“A—a what kind of friend?” 

“A bosom friend—an intimate friend, you know—a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life. I never really supposed I would, but so many of my loveliest dreams have come true all at once that perhaps this one will, too. Do you think it’s possible?” 

“Diana Barry lives over at Orchard Slope and she’s about your age. She’s a very nice little girl, and perhaps she will be a playmate for you when she comes home. She’s visiting her aunt over at Carmody just now. You’ll have to be careful how you behave yourself, though. Mrs. Barry is a very particular woman. She won’t let Diana play with any little girl who isn’t nice and good.” 

 

Text adapted from Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, which is in the public domain. 

 

Why does Anne think that she may find a bosom friend in Avonlea?