At church the next day, Dr. MacDonald said something that helped her. Emily's mind kept drifting away from the sermon to last night's fun. But suddenly this sentence flashed out- it was a quotation from Shakespeare, she thought:
'Muster your wits; stand in your own defense."
She had no idea in what sense he had used it, but it seemed to be a message aimed directly at her.
"Must your wits; stand in your own defense," she kept repeating to herself on the long walk home. After dinner she sat down in her rocker, looked out at the snow and proceeded to muster her wits.
"I'm going to fill my winter and I'm going to fill it with something worth while," she resolved.
-Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace