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Chapter 15

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under which her sensitive spirit quivered as from a whiplash. With a white, set face she obeyed. Mr. Philips took a chalk crayon and wrote on the black board above her head,

“Ann Shirley has a very bad temper. Ann Shirley must learn to control her temper,” and then read it out loud so that even the primer class, who couldn’t read writing, should understand it.

Anne stood there the rest of the afternoon with that legend above her. She did not cry or hang her head. Anger was still too hot in her heart for that and it sustained her amid all her agony of humiliation. With resentful eyes and passion-red cheeks she confronted


"Ann Shirley has a very bad temper.": In some screen adaptations of this scene, Anne adds a surreptitious little "e" into her name when Mr. Phillips' back is turned; in others, classmates are charged with writing the message, just once, for all to see.