“I’d rather not pass at all than not come out pretty well up in the list,” flashed Anne, by which she meant (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)—and Diana knew she meant—(end superscript) that success would be incomplete and bitter if she did not come out ahead of Gilbert Blythe.
With this end in view Anne had strained every nerve during the examinations. So had Gilbert. They had met and passed each other in the street a dozen times without any sign of recognition and every time Anne had held her head a little higher and wished a little more earnestly that she had made friends with Gilbert when he asked her, and vowed a little more determinedly to surpass him in the examination. She knew that all Avonlea junior was wondering
"Anne held her head a little higher": in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript), the song "I'll Show Him" ends with Anne and Gilbert, arms crossed, standing back to back, singing:
"The day will come when we will write
The big exam And I'll be calm
The bell will ring and wham
I'll show him(her)!"