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Chapter 17

with open arms. Her imagination had been sorely missed in games, her voice in the singing, and her dramatic ability in the perusal aloud of books at dinner hour. Ruby Gillis smuggled three (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)blue(end superscript) plums over to her during testament reading; Ella May McPherson gave her an enormous yellow pansy cut from the covers of a floral catalogue – a species of (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)desk(end superscript) decoration much prized in Avonlea school. Sophia Sloane offered to teach her a perfectly elegant new pattern of knit lace, so nice for trin trimming aprons. Katie Boulter gave her a perfume bottle to keep slate water in, and Julia


a bright yellow pansy with a dark purple heart, pasted onto a yellowed scrapbook page

"yellow pansy": Enormously fond of flowers, Montgomery used brightly coloured floral and seed catalogue images to decorate her Island scrapbooks. She used several golden pansies in the Blue and Red Scrapbooks. (Detail from the Red Scrapbook, p. 18.; Imagining Anne, p. 121).
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"to keep slate water in": A slate could be erased with a quick brush of the hand, but water was needed to clean it properly.