Anne of Windy Poplars
(Letter from Anne Shirley, B.A., Principal of Summerside High School, to Gil-
bert Blythe, medical student at Redmond College, Kingsport.)
"S'side, P. E. I.,
"Monday, September 12th.
"Isn't that an address! Did you ever hear anything so delicious? Windy
Poplars is the name of my new home and I love it. I also love Spook's
Lane, which has no legal existence. It should be Trent Street but it is nev-
er called Trent Street except on the rare occasions when it is mentioned
in the Weekly Courier É and then people look at each other and say,
'Where on earth is that?' Spook's Lane it is É although for what reason I
cannot tell you. I have already asked Rebecca Dew about it, but all she
can say is that it has always been Spook's Lane and there was some old
yarn years ago of its being haunted. But she has never seen anything
worse-looking than herself in it.
"However, I mustn't get ahead of my story. You don't know Rebecca
Dew yet. But you will, oh, yes, you will. I foresee that Rebecca Dew will
figure largely in my future correspondence.
"It's dusk, dearest. (In passing, isn't 'dusk' a lovely word? I like it better
than twilight. It sounds so velvety and shadowy and É and É dusky.) In
daylight I belong to the world É in the night to sleep and eternity. But in
the dusk I'm free from both and belong only to myself É and you. So I'm
going to keep this hour sacred to writing to you. Though this won't be a
love-letter. I have a scratchy pen and I can't write love-letters with a
scratchy pen É or a sharp pen É or a stub pen. So you'll only get that
kind of letter from me when I have exactly the right kind of pen. Mean-
while, I'll tell you about my new domicile and its inhabitants. Gilbert,
they're such dears.
"I came up yesterday to look for a boarding-house. Mrs. Rachel Lynde
came with me, ostensibly to do some shopping but really, I know, to
choose a boarding-house for me. In spite of my Arts course and my B.A.,
Mrs. Lynde still thinks I am an inexperienced young thing who must be
guided and directed and overseen.