proceeded onward to the church alone. In the porch she found a crowd of little girls, all more or less gaily attired
and all in whites and blues and pinks, and all staring with curious eyes at this stranger in their midst, with her extraordinary head adornment. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)B6(end superscript) They looked at her and whispered to each other behind their quarterlies. Nobody made any friendly advances, then or later on when the opening exercises were over and Anne found herself in Miss Rogerson’s class.
Miss Rogerson was a middle-aged lady who had taught a Sunday School class for twenty years. Her method of teaching was
LMM Note B6
Avonlea little girls had already heard queer stories about Anne; Mrs. Lynde said she had an awful temper; Jerry Buote, the hired boy at Green Gables, said she talked all the time to herself or to the trees and flowers like a crazy girl[.]
"They looked at her and whispered": M.A. and W.A.J. Claus's illustration of this moment from the first edition of the novel.