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Chapter 17 - (VERSO)

came out three marks ahead. The second Anne beat him by five, but her triumph was marred by the fact that Gilbert congratulated her (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)heartily(end superscript) before the whole school. It would have been ever so much sweeter to her if he had felt the sting of his defeat.

Mr. Phillips might not be a very good teacher; but a pupil so inflexibly determined on learning as Anne was could hardly escape making progress under any kind of a teacher. By the end of the term Anne and Gilbert were both promoted into the 5(begin superscript)th(end superscript) class and allowed to begin studying the elements of “the branches”—by which Latin, geometry, French and Algebra


"the branches": in 19(begin superscript)th(end superscript)- and early 20(begin superscript)th(end superscript)-century Canadian schools, "the branches" meant the three required subjects of learning: reading, writing, and arithmetic. After a student had gained proficiency (usually after the fourth level) in these branches, they might study other "branches" of the basic ones. That is, they might study languages such as French, Latin, and Greek, and other branches of "reckoning" such as geometry and algebra. Many were content with the basics, but those who hoped to go to high school or college needed to go beyond the basics.