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Chapter 30

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because the Sloanes are all honest people and it’s only rascals that get on in politics nowadays.”

“What is Gilbert Blythe going to be?” queried Marilla, seeing that Anne was opening her Caesar.

“I don’t happen to know what Gilbert Blythe’s ambition in life is,”—if he has any,” said Anne scornfully.

There was open rivalry between Gilbert and Anne now. Previously the rivalry had been rather one-sided, but there was no longer any doubt that Gilbert was as determined to be first in class as Anne was. He was a foeman worthy of her steel. The other members of the class (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)tacitly(end superscript) acknowledged their superiority and never dreamed of trying to compete with them.


dark printed text of four lines of poetry on a cream-coloured page

"a foeman worthy of her steel": Adapted from Canto V of Scott’s The Lady of the Lake:
"Sir Roderick mark'd—and in his eyes
Respect was mingled with surprise,
And the stern joy which warriors feel
In foeman worthy of their steel."