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Chapter 35 - (VERSO)

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laughed a great deal, was cheerful and good-tempered, and enjoyed the pleasant things of life frankly.

“But I shouldn’t think she was the sort of girl Gilbert would like,” whispered Jane to Anne. Anne did not think so either, but she would not have said so for the Avery Scholarship. She could not help thinking, too, that it would be very pleasant to have such a friend as Gilbert to jest and chatter with and exchange ideas about books and studies and ambitions. Gilbert had ambitions, she knew, and Ruby Gillis did not seem the sort of person with whom such could be (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)profitably(end superscript) discussed.

There was no silly sentiment in Anne’s ideas concerning Gilbert. Boys were to her, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)when she thought about them at all,(end superscript) merely possible good comrades. If she and Gilbert had been friends she would not have cared how many other friends he had nor with whom he walked. She had a


"no silly sentiment": Whose judgment is implied here — the narrator’s or Anne’s? Montgomery’s own teenage journals show a marked awareness of boys and their interest in her and her delight in teasing them. Next to her own journal entries, Anne's ideas may sound naive. The flavour of Montgomery’s journals is captured in Melanie Fishbane’s young adult novel Maud.