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The Story Girl: Textual Notes

What follows is a line-by-line comparison between the original edition of The Story Girl (1911) and the Bantam-Seal paperback edition published in 1987 (by Seal Books in Canada), in 1989 (by Bantam Books in the USA), and in 1990 (by Bantam Books in the UK).

1: The Home of Our Fathers } { 2: A Queen of Hearts } { 3: Legends of the Old Orchard } { 4: The Wedding Veil of the Proud Princess } { 5: Peter Goes to Church } { 6: The Mystery of Golden Milestone } { 7: How Betty Sherman Won a Husband } { 8: A Tragedy of Childhood } { 9: Magic Seed } { 10: A Daughter of Eve } { 11: The Story Girl Does Penance } { 12: The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward } { 13: An Old Proverb with a New Meaning } { 14: Forbidden Fruit } { 15: A Disobedient Brother } { 16: The Ghostly Bell } { 17: The Proof of the Pudding } { 18: How Kissing Was Discovered } { 19: A Dread Prophecy } { 20: The Judgment Sunday } { 21: Dreamers of Dreams } { 22: The Dream Books } { 23: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On } { 24: The Bewitchment of Pat } { 25: A Cup of Failure } { 26: Peter Makes an Impression } { 27: The Ordeal of Bitter Apples } { 28: The Tale of the Rainbow Bridge } { 29: The Shadow Feared of Man } { 30: A Compound Letter } { 31: On the Edge of Light and Dark } { 32: The Opening of the Blue Chest }

1: The Home of Our Fathers

delicate features, a close-clipped gray beard, [4] / delicate features, close-clipped gray beard, [2]

that twenty-four mile drive. [4] / that twenty-four-mile drive. [3]

no feminine creature had ever gone [6] / no feminine creatures had ever gone [4]

Felicity tossed her golden head [8] / Felicity toosed her golden head [5]

built by Great-Grandfather King [9] / built by Grand-Grandfather King [6]

2: A Queen of Hearts

Her large, curving mouth [14] / Her large curving mouth [9]

lives could scarcely have lasted [17] / lives could scarcly [sic] have lasted [11]

3: Legends of the Old Orchard

Aunt Olivia has it. [23] / Anut Olivia has it. [16]

always very full of mischief. [30] / always full of mischief. [20]

4: The Wedding Veil of the Proud Princess

gray-eyed little Sarah Ray, [36] / gray-eyed little Sara Ray, [25] [corrected in second impression]

He looks just like the picture [39] / He looked just like the picture [27]

5: Peter Goes to Church

It was impossible [46] / It was imposible [33]

tone of cold, concentrated fury. [52] / tone of cold concentrated fury. [37]

or anything! [52] / or anything! [37]

to be so mad at me. [52] / to be mad at me. [37]

there was in that orchard [56] / there was in the orchard [39]

but I can’t.” [56] / but I can’t ” [39]

no such person as Santa Claus? [56] / no person as Santa Claus? [40]

6: The Mystery of Golden Milestone

an alien in our busy little circle, [59] / an alien to our busy little circle, [42]

would make me grow fast. [61] / would make me grow faster. [43]

to any one but you. [61] / to anyone but you. [43]

second best dress, but Aunt Janet [62] / second best dress, and Aunt Janet [44]

by flame-red poppies. [62] / by flame  red poppies. [44]

her temperament were made visible [63] / her temperament were visible [44]

this herself, and so I believe [64] / this herself, so I believe [45]

“Oh, no, no! [65] / Oh, no, no! [45]

Uncle Edward says Jasper Dale [67] / Uncle Edwards says Jasper Dale [46]

see it for ourselves [67] / see if for ourselves [47]

7: How Betty Sherman Won a Husband

When we wakes up [76] / When he wakes up [53]

Donald knew that Neil must be [77] / Donald knew Neil must be [54]

That gentleman, in silence, [80] / That gentlemen, in silence, [56]

almost brought the tears to our eyes, [80] / almost brought tears to our eyes, [56]

“Could you ever do [81] / Could you ever do [57]

8: A Tragedy of Childhood

“Nobody but a Cowan would do it, and that’s a fact,” said Dan. ¶ “Fancy selling God’s picture,” said Cecily in a shocked, awed tone. [84] / “Fancy selling God’s picture,” said Cecily in a shocked, awed tone. ¶ “Nobody but a Cowan would do it, and that’s a fact,” said Dan. [60]

don’t suppose that he would [85] / don’t suppose he would [61]

look like that?” she wailed. [86] / look like that?” [61]

We began to breathe easier. [88] / We began to breath easier. [63]

“Finally Margaret ran away [93] / “Finally, Margaret ran away [66]

tears came into her eyes. [93] / tears came into our eyes. [66]

9: Magic Seed

I am very much afraid [96] / I was very much afraid [69]

later years; that our grown-up relatives [97] / later years, that our grown-up relatives [70]

We know that the Story Girl [97] / We knew that the Story Girl [70]

Well, there it was! [100] / Well, there is was! [72]

known better than to trust [101] / known better to trust [73]

10: A Daughter of Eve

anything you have yourself [103] / anything you have your self [76]

Oh, please, don’t do such a thing, [104] / Oh, please, don’t do such a thing, [76]

never took her eyes off it [105] / never took her eye off it [77]

boots which were the secret envy [108] / boots wich [sic] were the secret envy [79]

the story told.” [111] said Felix. [112] / the story told,” said Felix. [81]

and cried to Him, ¶ “‘See what these [112] / and cried to Him. ¶ “‘See what these [81]

11: The Story Girl Does Penance

the missionary meeting to-night. [120, hyphen at end of line] / the missionary meeting tonight. [86]

Mrs. Millward was a B. A. [121] / Mrs. Millward was a B.A. [87]

or eat your supper [122] / or eat you supper [87]

the critical Millwards, would have been [122] / the critical Millwards would have been [87]

because of a rumour [122] / because of the rumour [87]

12: The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward

to be in the seventh heaven. [126] / to be in seventh heaven. [91–92]

Under Felicity’s eye she set [132] / Under Felicity’s eyes she set [96]

we all went to bed, [132] / we went to bed, [96]

13: An Old Proverb with a New Meaning

you put that bread [133] / you put the bread [97]

14: Forbidden Fruit

Give him courage no to fear [144] / Give him courage not to fear [105]

a glossy, seductive appearance, [145] / a glassy, seductive appearance, [106]

15: A Disobedient Brother

if he had called you Johnny?” [154] / if he called you Johnny?” [113]

sing bass. and wanted to hear [154] / sing bass, and wanted to hear [113]

‘but dinna try it again!’” [156] / ‘but dinna try it again!’” [114]

16: The Ghostly Bell

a silvery sheen that hinted of moonrise. [167] / a silvery sheen that hinted the moonrise. [122]

which I had never known before. [168] / which I had ever known before. [122]

17: The Proof of the Pudding

have me kilt entoirely [179] / have me kilt entirely [130]

18: How Kissing Was Discovered

the man who gets you, Felicity King, [183] / the man who gets you, Felicity King, [134]

Everybody talked and laughed [190] / Every body talked and laughed [138]

bright eyes and glad voices! [191] / bright eyes and glad voices. [138]

19: A Dread Prophecy

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20: The Judgment Sunday

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21: Dreamers of Dreams

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22: The Dream Books

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23: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On

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24: The Bewitchment of Pat

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25: A Cup of Failure

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26: Peter Makes an Impression

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27: The Ordeal of Bitter Apples

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28: The Tale of the Rainbow Bridge

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29: The Shadow Feared of Man

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30: A Compound Letter

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31: On the Edge of Light and Dark

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32: The Opening of the Blue Chest

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