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Chapter 81: Can Lit

In Chapter 81, I indulge my headcanon that Prof. Darcy chose A Legend of Abegweit over Emily's (allegedly obviously way better) Wild Grapes for patriotic reasons - - - as a Prince Edward Island poem with a robust sense of place, it suited his (never stated, but not improbably regional-literature-boosting) purposes better than the charming but non-Island-specific Wild Grapes. It's probably a little early, in real time, for much ink to have been spilled yet over the Future of Canadian Literature, but by the 1920s, when Emily was written, it was all anyone was talking about (in Canadian literary circles, that is). So the question of whether or not to move to the States for its overwhelmingly larger and more influential publishing industry becomes a major plot point in Emily Climbs, to be worked out slowly and painfully in Emily's Quest

In the book, everyone just acts like Professor Darcy has no taste, but it would be totally in keeping with the themes of EC for him to have reasons other than Pure Poetic Judgment for choosing A Legend of Abegweit as the winning poem. He's deliberately trying to champion place-centric regional writing from his home province, and A Legend fits the bill.  

Also in Chapter 81: Evelyn is in a good mood, for once.    

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