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Chapter 18

303+ 304

blessed change. What way do you vote, Matthew?”

“Conservative,” said Matthew promptly. B10

“Then I’m conservative too,” said Anne decidedly. (begin superscript)C10(end superscript) “I guess Mr. Phillips is a Grit,(begin subscript) ^(end subscript)(begin superscript)too,(end superscript) because Prissy Andrews’ father is one and Ruby Gillis says that when a man is courting he always has to agree with the girl’s mother in religion and her father in politics. Is that true, Matthew?”

“Well, now, I dunno,” said Matthew.

Anne reflected with her chin in her hands. “R

(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough)Ruby Gillis says when she grows up she’s going to have ever so many beaus on the string and have them all crazy about her;


LMM Notes

LMM Note B10
To vote Conservative was part of Matthew’s religion.

LMM Note C10
"I'm glad because Gil–because some of the boys in school are Grits.

LMM Note D10
"Did you ever go courting Matthew"?

"Well now, no, I dunno’s I ever did," said Matthew, who had certainly never thought of such a thing in his whole existence.

Anne reflected with her chin in her hands.

“It must be rather interesting, don’t you think, Matthew?(begin strikethrough)"(end strikethrough)


The addition of "303 +" is done in pencil, but the subsequent pages follow the original numbering, in pen, from 304 and onwards.


"Conservative": In Montgomery's family, the Montgomery side was Conservative and the Macneill side was Liberal. "Grit" was another name for Liberal.


a sketch cartoon of a well-dressed couple sitting on a sofa

"when a man is courting": The bashful suitor has often been the butt of jokes. Montgomery pasted this cartoon in her scrapbook and would have seen it when she was consulting it in 1905 while mapping out Anne of Green Gables. (Detail from Page 18, Blue Scrapbook; Imagining Anne, p. 35.)

John: "Sallie, ef I was to ask you if you'd marry me, do you think you [would say] yes?"
Sallie: "I—er—I guess so."
John: "Wa-al, ef I ever git over this 'ere darn bashfulness I'll ask you [one] o' these times."
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