Chapter 36 - (VERSO)
of sunset sky and wove her dreams of a possible future from the golden tissue of youth’s own optimism. All the Beyond was hers with its possibilities lurking rosily in the oncoming years. X18
The Glory and the Dream
On the morning when the final results of all the examinations
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—each year a rose of promise to be woven into an immortal chaplet.
[Montgomery's Notes in this chapter range from Y18-C19;Notes pages 131-132.]
Kate Scarth, Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture at U.P.E.I. and editor of the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, reads the title of this chapter, "The Glory and the Dream."
"The glory and the dream": From Wordsworth's "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," end of stanza IV, ll.56-57: "Whither is fled the visionary gleam? / Where it is now, the glory and the dream?" These lines lament (in part) the brevity of childhood and the ability to perceive and to live with the certainty of the eternal all around.