said announced. “I don’t think much of the master though. He’s all the time curling his moustache and making eyes at Prissy Andrews. Prissy is grown-up, you know. She’s sixteen and she’s studying for the entrance (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)examination(end superscript) into Queen’s Academy at Charlottetown next year. Tillie Boulter says the master is sweet (begin superscript)dead-gone(end superscript) on her. She’s got a beautiful complexion and curly brown hair and she does it up so elegantly. She sits in the long seat at the back and he sits there, too, most of the time—to explain her lessons, he says. But Ruby Gillis says she saw him writing something on her slate and when Prissy read it she blushed (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)as red as a beet(end superscript) and giggled; and Ruby Gillis says she doesn’t believe it had anything to do with the lesson.”
“Anne Shirley, don’t let me hear you
"entrance examination at Queen's Academy": On P.E.I., "the entrance" consisted of rigorous, provincially devised and administered examinations in such subjects as history, English, agriculture, geography, mathematics, geometry, and algebra. Those who passed could attend Prince of Wales College (the model for Queen's Academy), either to become a teacher or to entitle them to apply for a university program. Anne later takes up this same work and then attends Queens in Chapter 34, "A Queen's Girl;" Chapter 35, "The Winter at Queen's;" and Chapter 36, "The Glory and the Dream."
"something on her slate": Pupils wrote with a pencil made of slate (stone) on a rectangle of thin slate that was framed in wood. Montgomery composed poetry on a slate because she could so easily erase and re-vise without wasting paper. Here, a broken slate at Green Gables Heritage House.