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Chapter 38

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“I don’t know it. I guess you’re going to teach right here in Avonlea. The trustees have decided to give you the school.”

“Mrs. Lynde!” cried Anne, “Why I springing to her feet in her surprise. “Why, I thought they had promised it to Gilbert Blythe!”

“So they did. But as soon as Gilbert heard that you had applied for it he went to them—they had a business meeting at the school last night, you know—and told them that he withdrew his application and suggested that they accept yours. He said he was going to teach at White Sands. Of course he gave up the school just to oblige you, because he knew how much you wanted to stay with Marilla, and I must say I think it was real kind and


a small wooden chair with a stack of old books and a worn cloth satchel on its seat

"going to teach right here in Avonlea": Anne’s room in Green Gables Heritage House suggests a full expanse of her life there — these school books could be from Anne's own school days or from her teaching days; the satchel could be one from her later years, but more likely it is meant to be reminiscent of the old carpet bag Anne carried when she first came to Green Gables.
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