In Episode 3 of Anne, she’s off to school, and couldn’t be more excited. Here’s the opening scene from “But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?”. [Warning: minor spoilers ahead]
Anne goes to school, but her excitement is quickly extinguished by the strain of learning about social rules, and dealing with the other kids who aren’t as kind as Diana Barry.
These young girls do love their gossip, and Anne goes a bit overboard in indulging them in an effort to win them over. She teaches them a thing or two — her past has forced her to grow up too soon in certain respects — and she faces a backlash because of it.
Marilla is invited to join the Progressive Mothers’ Sewing Circle, a group of mothers with some “forward thinking” viewpoints on women and education. While what they discuss may not exactly fall into the category of equal opportunities for their daughters, they are definitely challenging the status quo.
The episode is about Anne’s education, but equally about Marilla’s education as motherhood opens up a new world, and some new ways of thinking. It’s also about Anne and Marilla both feeling like outsiders.
What else is in store this evening? Matthew proves to have some progressive views, and we meet Gilbert Blythe for the very first time. An added bonus: one of my absolute favourite moments from all of the Anne books happens in this episode!
Episode 3 — “But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?” — airs tonight at 8pm (8:30pm NT) on CBC.
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