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Chapter 5


Chapter V

Anne’s History

“Do you know,” said Anne confidentially, “I’ve made up my mind to enjoy this drive. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)D3(end superscript) I am not going to think about going back to the asylum while we’re having our drive. I’m just going to think about the drive. Oh look, there’s one little early wild rose out! Isn’t it lovely?
Wouldn’t it be nice if roses could talk? I’m sure they could tell us such lovely things. And isn’t pink the most bewitching color in the world? I love it but I can’t wear it. Red-h Redheaded people can’t wear pink, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)not even in imagination. (end superscript)Did you ever know of anybody whose hair was red when she was young but got to be another color when she grew up?”


LMM Notes

LMM Note D3
It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make your mind up firmly that you will. Of course, you must make it up firmly[.]

[Montgomery's Notes in this chapter range from D3 to O3, on Notes pages 16–19.]

LMM Note E3
Don't you think it must be glad to be a rose?


"Redheaded people": The exact shade of Anne’s red hair became part of a lawsuit between Montgomery and her publisher L.C. Page. The suit, over Page’s illegal publication of a volume of unauthorized versions of Montgomery’s short stories (Further Chronicles of Avonlea) and using cover art showing a red-haired woman, lasted for eight and a half years and was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Montgomery final won the suits in 1928. Montgomery outlines the full lawsuit in her February 10, 1929, letter to George Boyd MacMillan (See My Dear Mr. M.: Letters to G.B. MacMillan from L.M. Montgomery, edited by Francis W.P. Bolger and Elizabeth R. Epperly, Oxford, 1992).