Chapter 28 Summary

It is summer, and Anne and her friends have decided to dramatize Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott,” which Anne refers to as “Elaine.” The poem relates to one of the Arthurian tales, whose subject is a young woman named Elaine. Elaine becomes entranced with Sir Lancelot and floats down a river toward Camelot to see him. She dies before arriving.

As Anne and her friends gather at the side of a local Avonlea pond and prepare to have one of them float in a boat, Diana is the first to comment. She admits that she would be too afraid to lie in the boat and let it take her wherever the current drove it. Ruby joins Diana, stating that she is too afraid to go in the boat alone. Jane Andrews states that...

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