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Chapter 2


some day I shall have a white dress. I just love That is my highest ideal of earthly bliss.  I just love pretty clothes. And I’ve never had a pretty dress in my life that I can remember — but of course it is all the more to look forward to, isn’t it? And then I can imagine that I’m dressed gorgeously. This morning when I left the asylum I felt so ashamed because I had to wear this horrid old (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)wincey(end superscript) dress. All the orphans had to wear them, you know. When we got on the train A merchant in Hopetown last winter donated three hundred yards of wincey to the asylum. Some people said it was because he couldn’t sell it but I’d rather believe it was kindness out of the


two black-and-white photos of a smiling woman posing against a hedge

"I just love pretty clothes": Montgomery, too, loved having nice clothes. She pasted a variety of fashion plates and fabric swatches in her scrapbooks and carefully curated and documented her bridal trousseau in 1911. She even posed for a photograph in each of the chosen dresses. Photo: Two of Montgomery's posed trousseau photos, taken in the summer of 1911.
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph, L.M. Montgomery Collection