Chapter 35 - (VERSO)
fit on and for her part she didn’t think it any fun to be bothering about books and that sort of thing when you didn’t have to. Frank Stockley had lots more dash and go, but then he wasn’t half as good-looking as Gilbert, and she really couldn’t decide which she liked best!
college Academy Anne gradually drew a little circle of friends about her. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)T18(end superscript) With the “rose-red” girl, Stella Maynard and the “dream girl,” Priscilla Grant, she soon became intimate, finding the latter pale, spiritual-looking maiden to be full to the brim of mischief and pranks and fun, while the vivid, black-eyed Stella had a heart ful of wistful dreams and fancies, as aerial and rainbow like as Anne’s own.
After the Christmas holidays the Avonlea students gave up going home
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thoughtful, imaginative ambitious students like herself.
"she liked best!": This exclamation point can be interpreted in many ways. It might be imitating Ruby’s genuine though ludicrous puzzlement. Or it could suggest the narrator's emphasizing of the ludicrousness of Ruby's weighing of the two as though they are commodities to be compared. It may even suggest how Anne's indignation would register if she were aware of Ruby's "weighing" of Gilbert and Frank (and Ruby's implied belief that she has the choosing).