Chapter 29 - (VERSO)
an interesting subject, isn’t it?”
Marilla agreed to let Anne go to town and it was arranged that Mr. Barry should take the girls in on (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)the following(end superscript) Tuesday. As Charlottetown was thirty miles away and Mr. Barry wished to go and return the same day, it was necessary to make a very early start. But Anne counted it all joy and was up before sunrise on Tuesday morning. A glance from her window assured her that the day would be fine, for the eastern sky behind the firs of the Haunted Wood was all silvery and cloudless. Through the gap in the trees a light was shining in the western gable of Orchard Slope, a token that Diana was also up.
“thirty miles away”: If a two-horse carriage carrying four people usually travels between three to five miles an hour, the distance to Charlottetown from Avonlea could take upwards of five hours, and that is why Mr. Barry (perhaps travelling with only one horse and having to rest that horse in town before returning) would need to leave early.