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"But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?" is the third episode of Season 1 of CBC's Anne with an E (2017–2019) and the third episode of the series overall. It was written by Moira Walley-Beckett and directed by Sandra Goldbacher. It premiered on CBC on April 2, 2017.


Anne is excited to begin school and make friends, but is unprepared for the bullying that occurs when she doesn't fit in. Marilla too, is testing new waters as she accepts an invitation to join a "Progressive Mothers" group. (CBC)

Anne starts school in Avonlea and discovers she has much to learn. Marilla steps out of her comfort zone to attend a meeting for progressive mothers. (Netflix)


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Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Writer: Moira Walley-Beckett


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Cultural references

  • The title of this episode is a reference to Chapter 22 of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë's novel which had an influence on L.M. Montgomery's writing. The titular character works as a teacher for wealthy Mr. Rochester, whom she secretly loves. Jane is thinking of him, even though she believes he is not thinking of her. She is aware that feelings towards him are pointless, But what is so headstrong as youth? What so blind as inexperience?
  • In a metafictional sense, a character directly refers to Anne as "Anne of Green Gables", a rare occasion where the title of the original novel is invoked in dialogue.
  • Anne compares inebriated Mr. Hammond's stomping around to the Frankenstein monster. This is an anachronism as, while the character was already well known in literature through Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, the character's stereotype would not be established until the Universal Horror films decades later. It is left unclear as to whether the other girls understand the reference anyway.


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