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"Signs Are Small Measurable Things, But Interpretations Are Illimitable" is the second episode of Season 2 of CBC's Anne with an E (2017–2019) and the ninth episode of the series overall. It was written by Shernold Edwards and directed by Paul Fox. It premiered on Netflix on July 6, 2018, and it was eventually broadcast on CBC on September 30, 2018.


The steamer lands in Trinidad, bringing Bash face to face with his past. The Barrys get behind the gold rush, but Matthew and Marilla aren't so sure.


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Associate Producer: Patricia Curmi
Co-producer: Amanda Fahey
Creator: Moira Walley-Beckett
Director: Paul Fox
Executive Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Debra Hayward, Ken Girotti, Alison Owen, Moira Walley-Beckett
Producer: John Calvert
Supervising Producers: Shernold Edwards, Jane Maggs
Writer: Shernold Edwards


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Behind the scenes[]


  • Gilbert left Avonlea in "Remorse Is the Poison of Life".
  • The town meeting held to discuss the gold mining was held in the previous episode, "Youth Is the Season of Hope".
  • Nate lent Anne his geology book in "Youth Is the Season of Hope".
  • Both Gilbert and Anne recall the latter breaking her slate onto Gilbert's head after he called her Carrots. That occurred in "But What Is So Headstrong as Youth?".
  • Diana mentions Anne saving Minnie May's life, an event which took place in "Remorse Is the Poison of Life".
  • Anne decided to teach Jerry how to write in "Youth Is the Season of Hope".
  • The Story Club was founded in "An Inward Treasure Born". It held another meeting in "Youth Is the Season of Hope".
  • Mr. Dunlop receives news of his aunt Beatrice passing and leaving an inheritance for him. While it is unclear if his aunt Beatrice exists, he mentioned her while making pies in "Youth Is the Season of Hope".
  • Nate mentions discussing the gold testing business with Mr. Barry. He was the first one to learn about the gold from Nate in the previous episode, "Youth Is the Season of Hope".
  • Mrs. Barry opposes the idea of having a Nesselrode pie for the party because it contains rum. She was strongly disapproving of alcohol when Anne and Diana got drunk on currant wine by mistake in "Tightly Knotted to a Similar String".
  • Marilla says Anne proved herself old enough to stay home alone. She refers to the events of "Youth Is the Season of Hope" when the Cuthberts and their boarders attended a town meeting. However, Marilla is unaware of the fact Anne observed the meeting from her hideout and made it home just before the Cuthberts.
  • Matthew mentions only just settling up with the bank. He borrowed money from the bank in "Remorse Is the Poison of Life" after he learned the vessel with their crops went down. After he suffered a heart attack, Marilla and Anne tried to renegotiate the loan and sold the valuable things, ultimately taking in the boarders. That occurred in "Wherever You Are Is My Home".

Cultural references

  • Bash uses some words in Jamaican Patois, an English-based creole language with West African influences, most notably mawga to express that Gilbert is skinny.
  • Hazel used to cook crab callaloo which is a traditional Caribbean dish, consisting of leaf vegetable (called callaloo or dasheen), okra, coconut milk, pumpkin, onions, bell peppers, local seasonings and spices, and crabs or pigtails.
  • Bash says he's a free man since 1834. He refers to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. It came into force on August 1, 1834.
  • Mr. Phillips read "Lancelot and Elaine", one of the narrative poems featured in Idylls of the King (1859) by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The author had previously used the characters in his 1833 poem "The Lady of Shalott", which is read by Anne's counterpart in the 1985 film Anne of Green Gables.
  • Mary Joe suggests they should make a Nesselrode pie, much to Mrs. Barry's disapproval. Nesselrode pie was named after Russian diplomat, Count Nesselrode, and would become popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It contains chestnuts, candied fruits, and rum or brandy.
  • Diana and Mr. Dunlop perform "The Friends We Love", an 1868 song by Septimus Winner (published under his pseudonym, Alice Hawthorne).


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Anne with an E (Season 2, Episode 2) - It's All About the Spices


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