Chapter 24 - (VERSO)
none was so excited as Anne Shirley, who threw herself into the undertaking heart and soul, hampered as she was by Marilla’s disapproval. Marilla thought it all rank foolishness.
“It’s just filling up your head with nonsense and taking time that ought to be put on your lessons,” she grumbled. “I don’t approve of children’s getting up concerts and racing about to practices. It makes them vain and forward,(begin strikethrough)”(end strikethrough) and fond of gadding[.]”
“But think of the worthy object,” pleaded Anne. “A flag will cultivate a spirit of patriotism, Marilla.”
“Fudge! There’s precious little patriotism in the thoughts of any of you. All you want is a good time.”
“Well, when you can combine patriotism and fun, isn’t it all right? Of course it’s real nice to be getting up a concert. We’re going to have six choruses and
"a flag": This would have been the British Union Jack. Canada did not have its own official flag until 1965. P.E.I.’s official flag was adopted in 1964 but had obtained a royal warrant in 1905. This postcard, which Montgomery sent to George MacMillan in 1905, shows the Queen Square Gardens in Charlottetown, with a prominent Union Jack.