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Chapter 33

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Anne was dressing for a concert at the White Sands Hotel. The guests had got it up in aid of


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and Anne made a sentimental point of keeping fresh flowers on the bracket under it. Tonight a spike of white lilies faintly perfumed the room like the dream of a fragrance.


"art muslin": According to Household Sewing and Dressmaking (1898), art muslin "is a thin, coarse Indian muslin, painted in elaborate designs, but seldom used as dress material," something like sheer voile curtains today. Dress muslin was a bit thicker.


photo of a cozy bedroom corner with a side table and desk, many portraits on the walls, and a rug

"There was no 'mahogany furniture'": The changes in Anne's bedroom are emblematic of the changes in the Cuthbert household itself, with attention to comfort and beauty as well as usefulness. Anne had longed for those fine furnishings, but it is clear in her contentedness that she did not need them.

Montgomery loved her summer-time upstairs bedroom in the Macneill house in Cavendish, where she wrote much of Anne.
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph, L.M. Montgomery Collection