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Emily Climbs: Textual Notes

What follows is a line-by-line comparison between the original edition of Emily Climbs, published in 1925, and the Bantam-Seal paperback edition, published in 1983 and reissued in 1992 and 1998.

All chapter numbers change from “Chapter I” to “Chapter XXV” to “1” to “25” in the text of the Bantam-Seal edition, yet they remain roman numerals (“I” to “XXV”) in the table of contents.

1: Writing Herself Out } { 2: Salad Days } { 3: In the Watches of the Night } { 4: “As Ithers See Us” } { 5: Half a Loaf } { 6: Shrewsbury Beginnings } { 7: Pot-Pourri } { 8: Not Proven } { 9: A Supreme Moment } { 10: The Madness of an Hour } { 11: Heights and Hollows } { 12: At the Sign of the Haystack } { 13: Haven } { 14: The Woman Who Spanked the King } { 15: “The Thing That Couldn’t” } { 16: Driftwood } { 17: “If a Body Kiss a Body” } { 18: Circumstantial Evidence } { 19: “Airy Voices” } { 20: In the Old John House } { 21: Thicker Than Water } { 22: “Love Me, Love My Dog” } { 23: An Open Door } { 24: A Valley of Vision } { 25: April Love }

1: Writing Herself Out

the north-west corner of the garden, [4, hyphen at end of line] / the northwest corner of the garden, [4]

clinging to my window-pane. [5, hyphen at end of line] / clinging to my windowpane. [5]

one dress like that in my life-time. [5, hyphen at end of line] / one dress like that in my lifetime. [5]/

un-dressed and blew out her candle. [13, hyphen at end of line] / undressed and blew out her candle. [13]

2: Salad Days

The Secret of the Mill. Aunt Elizabeth [15] / The Secret of the Mill  Aunt Elizabeth [15]

“‘Three alas’s in one paragraph [17] / “‘Three alas’s in one paragraph [18]

some good in Buddhism. [18] / some good in Buddhism [18]

‘Oh, Emily dear!’ [18] / ‘Oh, Emily dear!’ [19]

How do the natives of this sleepy place [22] / ‘How do the natives of this sleepy place [23]

she wore an old-rose dress [24] / she wore an old rose dress [25]

“‘I want you especially!’ said Dean. [28] / “‘I want you especially!’ said Dean. [29]

the steps of the summer-house [31, hyphen at end of line] / the steps of the summerhouse [32]

3: In the Watches of the Night

she did not have her hymn-book. [41, hyphen at end of line] / she did not have her hymnbook. [43]

the rapidly climbing thunder-heads. [41, hyphen at end of line] / the rapidly climbing thunderheads. [43]

the last buggy turn gridingly [sic] [42] / the last buggy turn grindingly [44]

at the rots of it [44] / at the roots of it [46]

She sighed with relief and began to chirk up. [44] / She sighed with relief and began to perk up. [46]

an effort that was un-child-like [45, first hyphen at end of line] / an effort that was unchild-like [47, hyphen at end of line]

as she escaped him [48] / as she escaped him. [51]

the graveyard above graves remembered and graves forgotten. [51] / the graveyard above the graves remembered and graves forgotten. [54]

the tragi-comic advent of poor morbid, [57, hyphen at end of line] / the tragicomic advent of poor morbid, [59]

4: “As Ithers See Us”

Dame Elizabeth Murray would none of such; [57] / Dame Elizabeth Murray would have none of such; [60]

and then Emily could make her escape. [59] / and Emily could make her escape [62]

looking ‘improperly’ at Perry [68] / looking ‘improperly at Perry [71]

5: Half a Loaf

there would be nobody—not even Dean, [74] / there would be nobody— not even Dean, [77]

of opinion she should be sent. [79] / of the opinion she should be sent. [83]

asked you to give up some? [81] / asked you to give up some? [84]

6: Shrewsbury Beginnings

There are no textual variants in this chapter between the two editions.

7: Pot-Pourri

give up the cook-house [95, end of line] / give up the cookhouse [99]

I suppose every little helps  But I meant [96] / I suppose every little helps. But I meant [100]

‘How wonderful!’—especially the last. [110] / ‘How wonderful!’—es-pecially the last. [114, hyphen not at end of line]

8: Not Proven

she was through with the note-book. [118] / she was through with the notebook. [123]

anger, shame and the most intense humiliation [119] / anger, shame, and the most intense humiliation [124]

9: A Supreme Moment

“Miss Emily B. Starr, [126, small caps] / “Miss Emily B. Starr, [130]

“Dear Miss Starr: [126, small caps] / “Dear Miss Starr: [130]

That’s all, Emily, honest to Cæsar. [129] / That’s all, Emily, honest to Caesar. [134]

who did it yet,” said Emily [130] / who did it yet,’ said Emily [135]

10: The Madness of an Hour

on that point, retrieving her position, [132] / on that point retrieving her position, [137]

so why should I? [142] / so why should I? [147]

11: Heights and Hollows

wanted to know where, what and why. [151] / wanted to know where, what, and why. [157]

when you’re non-excitable, [152, hyphen at end of line] / when you’re nonexcitable [158]

when class came out and said, ‘You spawn!’ [153] / when class came out and said, ‘You spawn!’ [159]

‘Canadian History’—very sensible [154] / ‘Canadian History’ —very sensible [160]

“‘We have read your story with interest, [154] / “‘We have read your story with keen interest, [160]

“No, I won’t!! [155] / “No, I won’t!! [161]

12: At the Sign of the Haystack

kissing him?’ [157] / kissing him?’ [163]

Human Nature from a Canvasser’s Point of View [165] / Human Nature from Canvasser’s Point of View [172]

poor—and dirty. [167] / poor— and dirty. [174]

13: Haven

with this,” said Emily. ¶ “You know the Power [174] / with this,” said Emily. “You know the Power [181]

hot drink in his indignation [181] / hot drink in his indignation. [187]

14: The Woman Who Spanked the King

it iss Mistress Margaret McIntyre. [185] / it is Mistress Margaret McIntyre. [192]

That iss what the people say [185] / That is what the people say [192]

he would be only a little prince [186] / he could be only a little prince [193]

I wass tired of blaming poor Alec, [188] / I was tired of blaming poor Alec, [195]

15: “The Thing That Couldn’t”

“No—but that’s a closet window [196] / “No, but that’s a closet window [204]

possession of me yesterday——” [199] / possession of me yesterday—” [207]

16: Driftwood

the Martin clan [201] / the Martin Clan [208]

very inhospitable——” [202] / very inhospitable—” [210]

cannot be my tomorrows.” [203] / cannot by my tomorrows.’ [211]

why I was black-beaned. [205] / why I was black/beaned. [213]

my r. h. y. m. [211] / my r.h.y.m. [219]

my promise to Aunt Elizabeth will be out [213] / my promise to Aunt Elizabeth will be over [221]

going to come, see and conquer [215] / going to come, see, and conquer [223]

‘You can—you must’ [215] / “You can—you must”[223]

Aunt Ruth’s moth-balls [216] / Aunt Ruth’s mothballs [225]

17: “If a Body Kiss a Body”

half-past ten o’oclock [sic] [217] / half-past ten o’clock [225]

his brillaint [sic] speech [218] / his brilliant speech [227]

the inter-school debate [218, hyphen at end of line, unhyphenated elsewhere] / the interschool debate [227]

“Oh, Perry!” [220] “Oh, Perry!” [228]

hands in my pockets, whistling.” [220] / hands in my pockets, whistling.” [229]

the use of saying anything? [220] / the use of saying anything? [229]

and go gulp.” [221] / and go gulp.” [230]

I hated to lose it, too. [221] / I hate to lost it, too. [230]

knock the spots off the Hardys’ [222] / knock the spots off the Hardy’s [230]

Good-night.” [223, hyphen at end of line, hyphenated elsewhere] / Goodnight.” [232]

But this! [224] / But this! [233]

“I,” said Aunt Ruth, [225] / “I,” said Aunt Ruth, [234]

it was this way——” [225] / it was this way—” [234]

Aunt Laura would be heart-broken. [226, hyphen at end of line, hyphenated elsewhere] / Aunt Laura would be heartbro-ken. [234, hyphen at end of line]

18: Circumstantial Evidence

would—would—well, would! [232] / would—would—well, would! [241]

seen Perry Miler sitting [232] / seen Perry Miller sitting [241]

dinner at Dr. Hardy’s?” [232] / dinner at Dr. Hardy’s?” [241]

and found her as Aunt Ruth found you [234] / and found as Aunt Ruth found you [243]

19: “Airy Voices”

—Presbyterian ministers’ especially—are sacrosanct. [236] / —Presbyterian ministers’ especially— are sacrosanct. [245]

must have failed! [242] ¶ “Then I gave [243] / must have failed! “Then I gave [252]

“‘Now—why?’ I said, [243] / “‘Now—why?’ I said, [252]

“‘The march of the hosts as Alaric passed’ [243] / “‘The march of the hosts as Alaric passed’ [253]

“‘The sounds of the sea . . . old Provençal shore.’ [244] / “‘The sounds of the sea . . . old Provençal shore.’ [253]

So we are all going back [246] / So we are going back [255]

a note to the Skull and Owl [246] / a note to the Skull and Owl [255–56]

“‘Magic casements . . . in faërylands forlorn’— [247] / “‘Magic casements . . . in faërylands forlorn’— [257]

“‘He ne’er is crowned . . . airy voices lead.’ [248] / “‘He ne’er is crowned . . . airy voices lead.’ [257]

would accept The Chronicles? [248–49] / would accept The Chronicles? [258]

Her mincing, copper-plate script [250; hyphen at end of line] / Her mincing copperplate script [260]

to try, with the blessing of God, to make [251] / to try with the blessing of God, to make [261]

20: In the Old John House

a joyous pæan of certainty [253] / a joyous paean of certainty [263]

a bench, a sofa and a table. [256] / a bench, a sofa, and a table. [266]

21: Thicker Than Water

decided yet,” said Emily. [264] / decided yet,” said Emily [274]

said Emily, judicially. [264] / said Emily, judicially [274]

do anything—only don’t——” [264] / do anything— only don’t——” [274]

Nobody ever confessed [266] / nobody ever confessed [276]

went on her knees to Aunt Ruth [268] / went to her knees to Aunt Ruth [278]

judge, jury and prosecuting attorney [270] / judge, jury, and prosecuting attorney [281]

22: “Love Me, Love My Dog”

“yours sincerely.” “Yours sincerely” smacked [276] / “yours sincerely.” ¶ “Yours sincerely” smacked [287]

“Dear Miss Starr:— [276; small caps] / “Dear Miss Starr:— [287]

back to P. E. I. [276] / back to P.E.I. [287]

help you if I can. [276] / help you if I can [287]

Miss Royal herself [279] / Mrs. Royal herself [290]

Mrs. Royal’s parlour [280] / Miss Royal’s parlour [291]

down in her note-book [282, hyphen at end of line, hyphenated elsewhere] / down in her notebook [293–94]

Miss Royal, languidly: [283] / Miss Royal languidly: [294]

thorugh a fresh mud [284] / through a fresh mud [295]

“My dog?” [284] / “My dog?” [296]

23: An Open Door

if no fresh aggravation [286] / if now fresh aggravation [297]

and I never lose my temper. [289] / and I never lose my temper. [300–301]

“If she says I can go I’ll——” [289] / “If she says I can go I’ll—” [301]

all Emily could say. [290] / all Emily could say [301]

24: A Valley of Vision

her pen,” said Aunt Elizabeth. [291] / her pen,” said Aunt Elizabeth [303]

thought Miss Royal. [291] / thought Miss Royal [303]

whispered Miss Royal, when [292] / whispered Miss Royal  when [303]

chance again. It was [293] / chance again.It was [305]

are all U. S. [294] / are all U.S. [305]

with me, honey-sweet.” [297; hyphen at end of line] / with me, honeysweet.” [309]

address of P. E. Island [298] / address of P.E. Island [310]

you’l marry that cousin [299] / you’ll marry that cousin [311]

any place could ever mean [301] / any place would ever mean [312]

25: April Love

“‘But why?’ he asked— [303] / “‘But why?’ he asked— [315]

was left out,’ I said, [303] / was left out’ I said, [316]

a double damask table-cloth— [307, hyphen at end of line] / a double damask tablecloth— [319]

seem faded and unimportant. [311] / seemed faded and unimportant. [323]



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