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Anne of Green Gables Chapter 27

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Chapter 27

Vanity and Vexation of Spirit

  • Marilla walks home from a ladies' meeting, happy that she'll be going home to tea and a roaring fire now that Anne's in her life. When she gets home, Anne isn't there and nothing is started.
  • Marilla isn't scared. She's annoyed. She preps tea and rants to Matthew.
  • Later, she goes to Anne's room to find Anne hiding out in her bed.
  • Anne's reluctant to emerge at first but eventually shows Marilla her hair. Which is green.
  • Apparently, a peddler came to the house and sold Anne a dye that he said would be raven black. In other words, Anne got played.
  • Marilla tries to wash the dye out, but it sticks. So Marilla cuts Anne's hair, very close to her head.
  • Anne realizes she's been vain about her hair, despite its red color. She vows to stop caring about her looks from now on.

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