I like babies in moderation but twins three times in succession is too much.p. 49
It is little lines like this that reveal Anne’s horrid past and unaccountable joyful, persevering demeanor. If we don’t catch it here, Marilla fills it in a few lines later in her thoughts: “What a starved, unloved life she had had … .” p. 50. And yet she also had an optimistic spirit to see her through because beyond the “starved, unloved life,” she had the knowledge of a beautiful world and the possession of an imagination.