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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

Coming Soon.

7. Aunt Olivia’s Beau

Coming Soon.

8. The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s

Coming Soon.

9. Pa Sloane’s Purchase

Coming Soon.

10. The Courting of Prissy Strong

Coming Soon.

11. The Miracle at Carmody

Coming Soon.

12. The End of a Quarrel

Coming Soon.