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Chapter 34

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had told the news Anne’s highest pinnacle of aspiration had been a teacher’s provincial license, Class First, at the end of the year and perhaps the medal. But now in one moment Anne saw herself winning the Avery scholarship, taking an Arts course at Redmond College, and graduating in a gown and mortar board all before the echo of Josie’s words had died away. For the Avery scholarship was in English, and Anne felt that here her foot was on her native heath.

A wealthy manufacturer of New Brunswick had died and left part of his fortune to endow a large number of scholarships to be distributed among the various high schools and academies of the Maritime Provinces, according to their respective standings. There had been much doubt whether


yellowed illustration of a stately brick building with one spire pasted onto a scrapbook page

"Redmond College" was based on Dalhousie College (now University), which Montgomery attended for one year to study English Literature (primarily). She pasted this sketch of the school's Forrest building into her scrapbook; it notes that at Dalhousie College, the doors "are wide open to women" (Blue Scrapbook, p. 61; Imagining Anne, p. 75).
Confederation Centre of the Arts


"her foot was on her native heath": From Scott’s (1817) novel Rob Roy, Chapter 34.


"Maritime provinces": The three provinces together, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island; when Newfoundland and Labrador is included, they are known together as the Atlantic provinces.