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their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement. Anne was pale and quiet; in ten more minutes she would know who had won the medal and who the Avery. Beyond those ten minutes there did not seem, just then, to be anything worth being called Time.

“Of course you’ll win one of them anyhow,” said Jane, who couldn’t understand how the faculty could be so unfair as to order it otherwise.

“I have no hope of the Avery,” said Anne. “Everybody says Emily Clay will win it. And I’m not going to march up to that bulletin board and look at it before everybody. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)I haven’t the moral courage.(end superscript) I’m going straight to the girls’ dressing room. You must read the announcements and then come and tell me, Jane. And I implore you (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)in the name of our old friendship(end superscript) to do it as quickly as possible. If I have failed just say


A large, imposing stone building with formal gardens outside, where men in suits and women in long dresses walk.

Anne and the other Avonlea students awaited these results with a far different backdrop than their last exams. Rather than waiting at home for the papers to arrive and share the news, they were still in Charlottetown. The Gardens, Victoria Square outside Province House, Charlottetown, 1899.
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