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Chronicles of Avonlea: Textual Variants

What follows is a line-by-line comparison between the original (1912) edition of Chronicles of Avonlea and the Bantam-Seal paperback edition published in 1987 and reprinted in 1993.

1. The Hurrying of Ludovic } { 2. Old Lady Lloyd } { 3. Each in His Own Tongue } { 4. Little Joscelyn } { 5. The Winning of Lucinda } { 6. Old Man Shaw’s Girl } { 7. Aunt Olivia’s Beau } { 8. The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s } { 9. Pa Sloane’s Purchase } { 10. The Courting of Prissy Strong } { 11. The Miracle at Carmody } { 12. The End of a Quarrel }

1. The Hurrying of Ludovic

I [1912:1] / 1 [1993:1]

window-seat [1912:1] / window seat [1993:1]

gently-stooping, placidly-moving figure [1912:2] / gently stooping, placidly moving figure [1993:1]

plump and middle-aged, and practical, said, [1912:2] / plump and middle-aged and practical, said, [1993:1]

the conversation as it were. [1912:2] / the conversation, as it were. [1993:2]

placid, finely-moulded face [1912:3] / placid, finely moulded face [1993:2]

tuft of imperial,—a fashion [1912:4] / tuft of imperial—a fashion [1993:2–3]

He was well read, [1912:4] / He was well-read [1993:3]

faint echoes reached Deland River. [1912:5] / faint echoes reached Grafton. [1993:3]

To her eager youth this courtship [1912:5] / To her eager youth, this courtship [1993:3]

but she allowed herself [1912:5] / but allowed herself [1993:3]

large clearly-chiselled outlines, [1912:6] / large, clearly chiselled outlines, [1993:4]

not smiling she looked very imposing. [1912:6] / not smiling, she looked very imposing. [1993:4]

I don’t think it is that. Ludovic isn’t shy. [1912:7] / I don’t think it is that  Ludovic isn’t shy. [1993:4]

could be hurried up I’m not the one [1912:8] / could be hurried up, I’m not the one [1993:5]

gets mad and leaves me I’ll be worse [1912:10] / gets mad and leaves me, I’ll be worse [1993:6]

at her gate Ludovic had [1921:12] / at her gate, Ludovic had [1993:7]

When they came in Ludovic [1921:14] / When they came in, Ludovic [1993:9]

Mr. Sherman came out Ludovic [1912:15] / Mr. Sherman came out, Ludovic [1993:9]

to marry him,—Sunday and all [1912:16] / to marry him—Sunday and all [1993:10]

a half sigh. [1912:17] / a half-sigh. [1993:10]

2. Old Lady Lloyd

II [18] / 2 [11]

I. The May Chapter [18] / I. The May Chapter [11]

nearly twenty years it is apt [20] / nearly twenty years, it is apt [12]

behind the spruces the Old Lady [21] / behind the spruces, the Old Lady [13]

And oh, to think [21–22] / And, oh, to think [13]

her beautiful, thick, white hair [22] / her beautiful thick, white hair [13]

over the brook down under the beeches she felt [23] / over the brook, down under the beeches, she felt [14]

new music teacher probably. [24] / new music teacher, probably. [14]

and then all at once the Old Lady’s heart [24] / and then, all at once, the Old Lady’s heart [14]

spare room that evening she saw from it [28] / spare room that evening, she saw from it [17]

the light went out the Old Lady [28] / the light went out, the Old Lady [17]

long, solitary rambles she had discovered [30] / long, solitary rambles, she had discovered [18]

the butter factory and Mayflowers grew [32] / the butter factory, and Mayflowers grew [19]

II. The June Chapter [34] / II. The June Chapter [20]

to be known Chris told no one. [35] / to be known, Chris told no one. [21]

on the contrary she welcomed them. [35] / on the contrary, she welcomed them. [21]

I tell you our music [35] / I tell you, our music [21]

the longer she stayed away the more impossible [37] / the longer she stayed away, the more impossible [22]

half wishing she had not come [38] / half-wishing she had not come [23]

said to his wife going home [39] / said to his wife, going home [24]

take the collection an undercurrent [39] / take the collection, an undercurrent [24]

who in her youth had heard enough [39] / who, in her youth, had heard enough [24]

fortune if it could be duly trained [40] / fortune, if it could be duly trained [24]

ended the Old Lady’s conscience [40] / ended, the Old Lady’s conscience [24]

in charge of Spencervale congregation [40] / in charge of the Spencervale congregation [24]

clever little fellow and he honestly thought [40] / clever little fellow, and he honestly thought [24]

service was over all the Old Lady’s neighbours [40] / service was over, all the Old Lady’s neighbours [24]

he was delighted and told his wife [42] / he was delighted, and told his wife [25]

III. The July Chapter [42] / III. The July Chapter [25]

Up to this time the Old Lady [44] / Up to this time, the Old Lady [27]

selling the jug she would find [45] / selling the jug, she would find [27]

As their eyes met the man started [47] / As their eyes met, the man started [28]

her cousin and the only living creature [48] / her cousin, and the only living creature [29]

IV. The August Chapter [50] / IV. The August Chapter [30]

at Mrs. Moore’s, and Mrs. Moore [52] / at Mrs. Moore’s and Mrs. Moore [31]

before Sylvia’s birthday the Old Lady crept, [54] / before Sylvia’s birthday, the Old Lady crept, [33]

burned very late and the Old Lady [54] / burned very late, and the Old Lady [33]

her father’s poems and the Old Lady [55] / her father’s poems, and the Old Lady [33]

trembled a little and one side [55] / trembled a little, and one side [33]

acquainted with her the more charming [57 ] / acquainted with her, the more charming [34]

guilty conscience it is apt [57] / guilty conscience, it is apt [34–35]

V. The September Chapter [58] / V. The September Chapter [35]

any personal questions; [58] / any personal questions: [35]

But ever since he sends [61] / But ever since, he sends [37]

you see these so-called scholarships [61] / you see, these so-called scholarships [37]

influence with him he will often [61] / influence with him, he will often [37]

had gone she dropped [61] / had gone, she dropped [37]

every dollar he possessed and his family [62] / every dollar he possessed, and his family [37]

the cold, dull, autumn morning [64] / the cold, dull autumn morning [39]

reached the town she ate [65] / reached the town, she ate [39]

a favour of Andrew Cameron she could bear [65] / a favour of Andrew Cameron, she could bear [39]

abroad for training you will not make [67] / abroad for training, you will not make [40]

—and he was de-lighted—” [67] / —and he was de-lighted— [40]

sustained her was gone and she felt weak [68] / sustained her was gone, and she felt weak [41]

two miles to walk and a cold rain [69] / two miles to walk, and a cold rain [41]

As she fumbled at her door she realized [69] / As she fumbled at her door, she realized [41]

VI. The October Chapter [69] / VI. The October Chapter [42]

journey to town Sylvia Gray [69] / journey to town, Sylvia Gray [42]

when I opened the door I heard [70] / when I opened the door, I heard [42]

next minute the Old Lady [70] / next minute, the Old Lady [42]

she thought with Teddy, that the poor, [70–71] / she thought with Teddy that the poor, [42]

went back home he sent a trained nurse [74] / went back home, he sent a trained nurse [44]

as she was told and accepted [74] / as she was told, and accepted [45]

said Sylvia rather timidly. [74] / said Sylvia, rather timidly. [45]

Out in the kitchen the minister’s wife, [76] / Out in the kitchen, the minister’s wife, [46]

3. Each in His Own Tongue

III [78] / 3 [47]

straight to heaven,— [86] / straight to heaven—[52]

when Jessie Blair was here listening I felt [87] / when Jessie Blair was here listening, I felt [52]

such a thing as that,— [88] / such a thing as that— [53]

the old man’s eyes his own clouded [89] / the old man’s eyes, his own clouded [53]

a low tense tone. [91] / a low, tense tone. [54]

on the maple path Mr. Leonard [92] / on the maple path, Mr. Leonard [55]

Instantly the boy flung [92] / Instantly, the boy flung [55]

the little thin, sweet-faced [92] / the little, thin, sweet-faced [55]

the slim, golden-haired daughter [92–93] / the slim, golden haired daughter [55]

thirty years before,—the face [94] / thirty years before—the face [56]

the Carmody manse he had mastered [95] / the Carmody manse, he had mastered [57]

Janet Andrews suspected it she held [95] / Janet Andrews suspected it, she held [57]

better than say anything to Mr. Leonard [95] / better than to say anything to Mr. Leonard [57]

below the manse a lively lilt [97] / below the manse, a lively lilt [58]

half way to his lips [97] / half-way to his lips [58]

When vacation came he must be [98] / When vacation came, he must be [59]

the district school she could not [99] / the district school, she could not [59]

before I got through Naomi came at me, [100] / before I got through, Naomi came at me, [60]

her child lived it might have [103] / her child lived, it might have [62]

From that time forth her feet [103] / From that time forth, her feet [62]

I tell you I’m sorry [106] / I tell you, I’m sorry [63]

He was half human. I tell you it’s God [107] / He was half-human. I tell you, it’s God [64]

In his anguish of mind Stephen Leonard [109] / In his anguish of mind, Stephen Leonard [65]

“O, God, our Father! [109] / “O God, our Father! [65]

Suddenly Naomi fell back [109] / Suddenly, Naomi fell back [65]

Reluctantly Mr. Leonard signed [110] / Reluctantly, Mr. Leonard signed [66]

if I had I’d been [110] / if I had, I’d been [66]

before Felix came in Naomi’s terrible words! [112] / before Felix came, in Naomi’s terrible words! [67]

Was it of God! [113] / Was it of God? [67]

But now take this key, [114] / But now, take this key, [68]

When Janet had gone he turned [114] / When Janet had gone, he turned [68]

4. Little Joscelyn

IV [116] / 4 [70]

potatoes for dinner their hearers [116] / potatoes for dinner, their hearers [70]

as Anne Shirley’s the wonder to me [118] / as Anne Shirley’s, the wonder to me [71]

Mrs. William reflected, as she marched [120] / Mrs. William reflected as she marched [72]

her whims, Mrs. William sighed [120] / her whims. Mrs. William sighed [72]

that summer and he worshipped [120] / that summer, and he worshipped [72]

absence of the spirit she never [124] / absence of the spirit, she never [75]

she felt tired there wouldn’t [124] / she felt tired, there wouldn’t [75]

After dinner Jordan crept up [124] / After dinner, Jordan crept up [75]

yes, Jordan, dear, [125] / yes, Jordan dear [75]

“If I’ve any luck I’ll bring [126] / “If I’ve any luck, I’ll bring [76]

civil at least and invited [127] / civil at least, and invited [77]

even dreamed about,—could this [128] / even dreamed about—could this [77]

dark eyes,—the eyes [128] / dark eyes—the eyes [77]

For the moment Joscelyn [129] / For the moment, Joscelyn [78]

the 11.30 train [129] / the 11:30 train [78]

Up-stairs Joscelyn tapped [130] / Up-stairs, Joscelyn tapped [78]

it closed behind her Jordan heard [130] / it closed behind her, Jordan heard [78]

for pity’s sake hold the baby [131] / for pity’s sake, hold the baby [79]

the kitchen Jordan took [131] / the kitchen, Jordan took [79]

“O, little Joscelyn,” [131] / “O little Joscelyn,” [79]

“O, little Joscelyn!” [132] / “O little Joscelyn!” [79]

the low window Aunty Nan [132] / the low window, Aunty Nan [79]

every Sunday night and my favourite [132] / every Sunday night, and my favourite [80]

are Sinking?’ [132] / are Sinking’? [80]

back the curtain she stood [132] / back the curtain, she stood [80]

the hymn ended Joscelyn [133] / the hymn ended, Joscelyn [80]

Mrs. William splendid in rustling [133] / Mrs. William, splendid in rustling [80]

no earthly waking while little Joscelyn [134] / no earthly waking, while little Joscelyn [81]

5. The Winning of Lucinda

V [135] / 5 [82]

evening weddings with a rousing dance [136] / evening weddings, with a rousing dance [82]

slightly chilly and Lucinda, [136] / slightly chilly, and Lucinda, [83]

bronze-coloured hair [137] / bronze-colored hair [83]

ripened and matured but she had [138] / ripened and matured, but she had [83]

into the garden and in the dahlia walk [139–40] / into the garden, and in the dahlia walk [85]

You must go to Uncle John’s if you want the genealogy. [140] / You must go to Uncle Julius if you want the genealogy. [85]

for fifteen years and in all that time [141] / for fifteen years, and in all that time [85]

anything about it except that Lucinda [141] / anything about it, except that Lucinda [85]

What ever he said [143] / Whatever he said, [87]

do it myself and I don’t want [144] / do it myself, and I don’t want [87]

finished dressing she looked [145] / finished dressing, she looked [87]

the still crowded hall. [147] / the still-crowded hall. [89]

no help for it unless she confessed [148] / no help for it, unless she confessed [90]

every inch of it although [148] / every inch of it, although [90]

lower end of the lane a man [149] / lower end of the lane, a man [90]

frosty, calm and still; [149] / frosty, calm, and still; [90]

Midway in the lane Lucinda [151] / Midway in the lane, Lucinda [91]

moonlight then, too, [151] / moonlight, then, too, [91]

at the brook they gazed [151] / at the brook, they gazed [91]

to be done now Romney answered— [152] / to be done now, Romney answered— [91]

could not forbid him and she was [152] / could not forbid him, and she was [92]

clung in heart-breaking limpness the ruined voile. [152] / clung, in heart-breaking limpness, the ruined voile. [92]

At the Grange almost everybody [154] / At the Grange, almost everybody [93]

carrying me over he slipped [155] / carrying me over, he slipped [93]

on the pair the three sisters-in-law [155] / on the pair, the three sisters-in-law [93]

“‘Do I sleep, . . . is visions about?’” [155] / “‘Do I sleep, . . . is visions about?’” [93]

6. Old Man Shaw’s Girl

VI [156] / 6 [95]

large, blue and merry, [157] / large, blue, and merry, [95]

consequently his life [157] / consequently, his life [96]

came for bearing there would be [159] / came for bearing, there would be [96]

from his darling orchard he found [159] / from his darling orchard, he found [97]

ten years old she had packed [161] / ten years old, she had packed [98]

work was done they lived [161] / work was done, they lived [98]

Sara was sixteen Mrs. Adair, [161] / Sara was sixteen, Mrs. Adair, [98]

White Sands, and her queer old father, [162] / White Sands and her queer old father, [98]

between them and Mrs. Adair [162] / between them, and Mrs. Adair [99]

fullness of life [164] / fulness of life [99]

When Mrs. Blewett smiled it foretokened [164] / When Mrs. Blewett smiled, it foretokened [100]

stylish folks and at a swell school, [165] / stylish folks, and at a swell school, [100]

When she had gone Old Man Shaw, [167] / When she had gone, Old Man Shaw, [101]

even Mrs. Blewett had she known. [168] / even Mrs. Blewett, had she known. [102]

the world worth while, [168] / the world worthwhile, [102]

up the lane he darted into the house, [169] / up the lane, he darted into the house, [103]

he went out, and found a plate [169] / he went out and found a plate [103]

she called, “Daddy!” [170] / she called, “daddy!” [103]

he murmured, “Little Baby Blossom!” [171] / he murmured, “little Baby Blossom!” [104]

the C. P. A. [172] / the C.P.A. [104]

how scandalized White Sands folk [172] / how scandalized White Sands folks [105]

a sea of splendour burning like a great jewel stretched [174] / a sea of splendour, burning like a great jewel, stretched [105]

7. Aunt Olivia’s Beau

VII [176] / 7 [107]

were picked we carried them [176] / were picked, we carried them [107]

When we went downstairs Aunt Olivia [177] / When we went downstairs, Aunt Olivia [108]

Plainly she found it [178] / Plainly, she found it [108]

had been possible that would have [178] / had been possible, that would have [108]

And “married!” I echoed [179] / And “Married!” I echoed [108]

When I was a girl the MacPhersons [179] / When I was a girl, the MacPhersons [109]

notion of each other they are [181] / notion of each other, they are [110]

self-centred old maid [183] / self-centered old maid [111]

was expected Peggy and I [183] / was expected, Peggy and I [111]

conscience spasms if we had [185] / conscience spasms, if we had [112]

Then he had caught Aunt Olivia [186] / Then he caught Aunt Olivia [113]

Presently Mr. Malcolm MacPherson [186] / Presently, Mr. Malcolm MacPherson [113]

by the shoulder and dragged [187] / by the shoulder, and dragged [113]

humour of the circumstances Peggy and I [188] / humour of the circumstances, Peggy and I [114]

she is perfection he doesn’t [190] / she is perfection, he doesn’t [115]

Macolm [sic] MacPherson began to insist [190] / Malcolm MacPherson began to insist [115]

over the parlour and there was [192] / over the parlour, and there was [116]

Mr. Malcolm MacPherson spoke his voice [193] / Mr. Malcolm MacPherson spoke, his voice [117]

burned at the stake I verily believe [193] / burned at the stake, I verily believe [117]

Plainly she felt badly enough [196] / Plainly, she felt badly enough [118]

no more of Mr. Malcolm MacPherson and we [196] / no more of Mr. Malcolm MacPherson, and we [119]

“Malcolm MacPherson is leaving on the 7.30 train [196] / “Malcolm Macpherson is leaving on the 7:30 train [119]

After tea Peggy and I went [196] / After tea, Peggy and I went [119]

to mention it but Peggy had [197] / to mention it, but Peggy had [119]

Fortunately no one else [199] / Fortunately, no one else [120]

8. The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s

VIII [202] / 8 [122]

in Sunday School I said no [202] / in Sunday School, I said no [122]

to be men it’s well to train [203] / to be men, it’s well to train [123]

young enough they may not [203] / young enough, they may not [123]

Anne routed her, horse, foot and artillery. [204] / Anne routed her, horse, foot, and artillery. [123]

being a man hater [205] / being a man-hater [124]

He is the woman hater [206] / He is the woman-hater [124]

than his house it was a [207] / than his house, it was a [125]

expect of a woman hater? [207] / expect of a woman-hater? [125]

if he is a woman hater,” [207] / if he is a woman-hater,” [125]

as I was half way up a dog [207] / as I was half-way up, a dog [125]

perched half way up [208] / perched half-way up [125]

a woman hater’s dog,” [208] / a woman-hater’s dog,” [126]

to bark if it hadn’t been [209] / to bark, if it hadn’t been [126]

under my arm I marched downstairs, [209] / under my arm, I marched downstairs [126]

Instead of answering Alexander Abraham [210] / Instead of answering, Alexander Abraham [127]

if she had made up [210] / if she has made up [127]

his intention to vex me I remained [210] / his intention to vex me, I remained [127]

to all concerned you can soon [213] / to all concerned, you can soon [128]

in my life I openly lost [213] / in my life, I openly lost [128]

my good people.” interposed [213–14] / my good people,” interposed [129]

the same roof and you won’t [214] / the same roof, and you won’t [129]

the house and Mr. Bennett [214] / the house, and Mr. Bennett [129]

the back way while I went [214] / the back way, while I went [129]

until we are sure you must remain [214] / until we are sure, you must remain [129]

through Avonlea kindly go [215] / through Avonlea, kindly go [129]

my third best valise [215] / my third-best valise [129]

travelling up to his head. [215] / traveling up to his head. [130]

been a boy my parents intended [217] / been a boy, my parents intended [130]

to be a girl my mother insisted [217] / to be a girl, my mother insisted [131]

grew old enough I decided [217] / grew old enough, I decided [131]

that cat here you can protect him.” [218] / that cat here, you can protect him.” [131]

in future you will kindly remember [219] / in future, you will kindly remember [132]

the end came and I was thankful, [220] / the end came, and I was thankful, [132]

that things had calmed down and that it was five o’clock I decided [220] / that things had calmed down, and that it was five o’clock, I decided [132]

some occupation you’d better get [220] / some occupation, you’d better get [133]

to hand out I went on [221] / to hand out, I went on [133]

Carmody bakery and I made [221] / Carmody bakery, and I made [133]

followed me in and his paws [221] / followed me in, and his paws [133]

you don’t like it you can leave it.” [222] / you don’t like it, you can leave it.” [133]

could leave it I shouldn’t be [222] / could leave it, I shouldn’t be [134]

into the yard I called to him [223] / into the yard, I called to him [134]

wouldn’t talk I let him alone; and when he would I just said [223] / wouldn’t talk, I let him alone; and when he would, I just said [134]

too good for a woman hater. [224] / too good for a woman-hater. [135]

crankiest kind of a crank,” [224] / crankiest kind of crank,” [135]

that folks for their own good were not [224] / that folks, for their own good, were not [135]

he said in a voice [225] / he said, in a voice [135]

enduring a woman hater [225] / enduring a woman-hater [136]

reigned supreme and Mr. Riley [227] / reigned supreme, and Mr. Riley [137]

to sit up he began [228] / to sit up, he began [137]

still further I cleaned the house [228] / still further, I cleaned the house [137]

take the smallpox and in another week [228] / take the smallpox, and in another week [137]

didn’t know him he was so spruced [229] / didn’t know him, he was so spruced [138]

his “dear Angelina!” [231] / his “dear Angelina”! [139]

9. Pa Sloane’s Purchase

IX [232] / 9 [140]

the sorrel mare railly does [233] / the sorrel mare really does [141]

the older you get the worse [233] / the older you get, the worse [141]

go to auctions I’d select [234] / go to auctions, I’d select [141]

pieces and left overs.” [234] / pieces and left-overs.” [141]

bid in an old dasher churn [235] / bid on an old dasher churn [141]

insult to injury this was [235] / insult to injury, this was [142]

take the baby and nobody seems [237] / take the baby, and nobody seems [143]

found favour and the call [238] / found favour, and the call [143]

at White Sands and he and [238] / at White Sands, and he and [144]

Everywhere at auctions John Clarke [239] / Everywhere at auctions, John Clarke [144]

the baby’s meagre bundle [240] / the baby’s meager bundle [144]

the end of it he mentally [240] / the end of it, he mentally [145]

With a gasp she snatched [240] / With a gasp, she snatched [145]

to the kitchen Ma had set [240] / to the kitchen, Ma had set [145]

fall off and given him [241] / fall off, and given him [145]

fed him his supper as skilfully [241–42] / fed him his supper as skillfully [145]

After tea Ma despatched Pa [242] / After tea, Ma despatched Pa [146]

referred to Ma and Ma [242] / referred to Ma, and Ma [146]

till then he could be [243] / till then, he could be [146]

Perhaps they would see [243] / Perhaps they could see [146]

in early May Josiah Spencer [243] / in early May, Josiah Spencer [147]

used to us, and— [244] / used to us, and—” [147]

for babies I propose to get [244] / for babies, I propose to get [147]

keep this baby in spite of [244] / keep this baby, in spite of [147]

10. The Courting of Prissy Strong

Coming Soon.

11. The Miracle at Carmody

Coming Soon.

12. The End of a Quarrel

Coming Soon.