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Chapter 20 - (VERSO)


flows right round it. At last it struck me that it would be splendid to call it Victoria Island because we found it on the Queen’s birthday. But I’m sorry Both Diana and I are very loyal. But I’m sorry about that pie and the handkerchiefs. I wanted to be extra good to-day because it’s an anniversary. Do you remember what happened this day last year, Marilla?

“No, I can’t think of anything special.”

“Oh, Marilla, it was the day I came to Green Gables. I shall never forget it. Of course It was the turning point in my life. Of course it wouldn’t seem so important to you. I’ve been here for a year and I’ve been so happy. Of course I’ve had my troubles but one can live down troubles. Are you sorry you kept me, Marilla?”

“No, I can’t say I’m sorry,” said


a sepia portrait of Queen Victoria, with crown and veil and holding a fan

"the Queen's birthday": Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901. Her birthday, May 24(begin superscript)th(end superscript), has been officially celebrated in Canada since 1901 but was known and celebrated in the Empire for decades before her death. A "cabinet card" version of her Diamond Jubilee portrait (1897) is seen here.
Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland