Marilda Dunbar- ward of the state- who first made friends with childhood in Marilda's House will make more with her later adventures. Olga Anderson sparked envy in Marilda's sensitive heart, with her prettiness and popularity. Too, Olga and her parents were friends of Ellen and Anton, who lived in the Dunbar house, which had belonged to Marilda's family before the death of her parents. Through the kindness of the townpeople of Cavendish, Marilda still hoped someday to occupy the house. But Olga seemed ever present. And Marilda visited the house only on weekends. Otherwise she stayed with Grandma Hadley, who had assumed the role of foster parent to the little state ward. It took a fire in the Anderson household to make friends of the girls. And the Witness tree, a white oak in the Dunbar woods, brought a financial windfall to Olga and to Marilda. Marilda has all the charm and appeal that waifs have engendered, arousing the sympathy of classic Heroines like Anne of Green Gables. Her escapades and activities seem believable, convincing and amusing. Marilda is as real as the girl next door --and then some.