"I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me" is the second episode of Season 1 of CBC's Anne with an E (2017–2019) and the second episode of the series overall. It was written by Moira Walley-Beckett and directed by Helen Shaver. It premiered on CBC on March 26, 2017.


Hoping all is not lost; Matthew races to catch up with Anne while Marilla anxiously hopes and waits for their return to Green Gables.






Director: Helen Shaver
Writer: Moira Walley-Beckett


Behind the scenesEdit


  • The titles of this and the previous episode ("Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny") are references to Chapter 23 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. Believing he is about to get married to another woman, she wants to leave his house and go to Ireland. Jane eventually tells Mr. Rochester, "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.", to which he replies: "And your will shall decide your destiny."
  • The Newsie mentions some of the articles in that day's edition of local newspapers, including the scientific prediction of the greenhouse effect. Although this theory of warming up Earth's surface was known at the time, the term 'greenhouse' was first used as late as 1901, five years after the setting of this episode (summer 1896).
  • Anne makes up a story about her parents travelling to India in service of the queen. In the late 19th century, India was a part of the British Empire. The queen Anne mentions is none other than Queen Victoria, the ruler of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901.
  • At the train station in Nova Scotia Anne recites Henry and Emma (1709) by Matthew Pryor and Sonnet 14 (If thou must love me, let it be for nought) (1850) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
  • Anne once again quotes the line If all the world hated you... from Jane Eyre.


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Anne with an E (Season 1, Episode 2) - The Search for Anne

Anne with an E (Season 1, Episode 2) - The Search for Anne


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CBC universe
Anne with an E (2017–2018) (episodes · gallery)
Anne with an E Season 1 episodes
"Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny" (gallery · transcript) · "I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me" (gallery · transcript)
"But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?" (gallery · transcript) · "An Inward Treasure Born" (gallery · transcript)
"Tightly Knotted to a Similar String" (gallery · transcript) · "Remorse Is the Poison of Life" (gallery · transcript)
"Wherever You Are Is My Home" (gallery · transcript)
Anne with an E Season 2 episodes
"Youth Is the Season of Hope" (gallery · transcript) · "Signs Are Small Measurable Things, But Interpretations Are Illimitable"
(gallery · transcript) · "The True Seeing Is Within" (gallery · transcript) · "The Painful Eagerness of Unfed Hope" (gallery · transcript)
"The Determining Acts of Her Life" (gallery · transcript) · "I Protest Against Any Absolute Conclusion" (gallery · transcript)
"Memory Has as Many Moods as the Temper" (gallery · transcript) · "Struggling Against the Perception of Facts" (gallery · transcript)
"What We Have Been Makes Us What We Are" (gallery · transcript) · "The Growing Good of the World" (gallery · transcript)