Today’s writing prompt comes from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. I wrote my completed excerpt with a Pilot Metropolitan fine nib fountain pen using Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki ink. The prompt is a total of 211 words.
“For pity’s sake hold your tongue,” said Marilla. “You talk entirely too
much for a little girl.”
Thereupon Anne held her tongue so obediently and thoroughly that her
continued silence made Marilla rather nervous, as if in the presence of
something not exactly natural. Matthew also held his tongue,–but this
was natural,–so that the meal was a very silent one.
As it progressed Anne became more and more abstracted, eating
mechanically, with her big eyes fixed unswervingly and unseeingly on the
sky outside the window. This made Marilla more nervous than ever; she
had an uncomfortable feeling that while this odd child’s body might
be there at the table her spirit was far away in some remote airy
cloudland, borne aloft on the wings of imagination. Who would want such
a child about the place?
Yet Matthew wished to keep her, of all unaccountable things! Marilla
felt that he wanted it just as much this morning as he had the night
before, and that he would go on wanting it. That was Matthew’s way–take
a whim into his head and cling to it with the most amazing silent
persistency–a persistency ten times more potent and effectual in its
very silence than if he had talked it out.