Chapter 35 - (VERSO)
girls—there is such a provoking (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and eternal(end superscript) sameness about them. Anne has as many shades as a rainbow and every shade is the prettiest while it lasts. I don’t know that she is as amusing as she was when she was a child but she makes me love her and I like people who make me love them! V18
Then, almost before anybody realized it, spring had come; out in Avonlea the Mayflowers were peeking (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)pinkly(end superscript) out on the sere barrens where snow-wreaths lingered;
But and the “mist of green” was on the woods and in the valleys. But in Charlottetown harassed Quen Queen’s St students thought and talked only of examinations.
“It doesn’t seem possible that the term is nearly over,” said Anne. “Why, last fall it seemed so long to look
LMM Note V18
It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them.
"mist of green": From Tennyson’s (1886) poem "The Brook": "When all the wood stands in a mist of green"; the movement of the brook as he describes it also seems present in the opening lines of this novel. The refrain of the poem "men may come and men may go, but I go on forever" is also a subtle reminder of the transience not only of youth but of the cares (such as examinations) of any age and time of life when compared with the spirit felt in the natural world.