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Chapter 15

the history class out Anne should have gone; but Anne did not move and Mr. Phillips who had been writing some poetry verses, “To Priscilla,” before he called out the class, was thinking about an obstinate rhyme still and never missed her. Once when nobody was looking Gilbert took from his desk a little pink candy heart with a gold mo motto on it, (begin subscript)^ (end subscript)(begin superscript)”You are Sweet,”(end superscript) and slipped it under the curve of Anne’s arm. Whereupon Anne arose, took the pink heart (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)gingerly(end superscript) between the tips of her fingers, dropped it on the floor, and resumed ground it to powder beneath her heel, and resumed her position without deigning to bestow a glance on Gilbert.


"candy heart": Sugar "lozenges" or "motto candy" of the 19(begin superscript)th(end superscript) century were not unlike the "conversation hearts" of today. They were small disks of sugar paste (sometimes made with flour, gelatin, corn syrup, egg whites, or various flavourings) that were stamped with sayings or bits of popular song and poetry.