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"The Painful Eagerness of Unfed Hope" is the fourth episode of Season 2 of CBC's Anne with an E (2017–2019) and the eleventh episode of the series overall. It was written by Jane Maggs and directed by Anne Wheeler. It premiered on Netflix on July 6, 2018.


Anne writes letters as an "agent of romance" while Diana trains at home to be a lady. A life-changing encounter steers Gilbert toward his destiny.


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


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Behind the scenes[]


  • Mr. Phillips read "Lancelot and Elaine" in "Signs Are Small Measurable Things, But Interpretations Are Illimitable".
  • Anne awaits a response from Gilbert. She sent him a letter about gold in "The True Seeing Is Within".
  • Matthew receives letters from Jeannie. The two reconnected after their meetings in "Tightly Knotted to a Similar String" and "Wherever You Are Is My Home".
  • There are several references to the gold testing fraud. The grifters came to Green Gables as boarders in "Wherever You Are Is My Home". After they managed to get the Avonlea residents involved, Nate ran away with their money in "The True Seeing Is Within".
  • Mrs. Barry redecorates the parlour. She bought the necessary fabrics in Charlottetown in "The True Seeing Is Within".
  • The Barrys discuss the future of their daughters after they lost their money in "The True Seeing Is Within". As a result, Mrs. Barry decides to teach the girls how to behave in society.
  • Gilbert left Avonlea after his father's death in "Remorse Is the Poison of Life". He met Bash while working on S.S. Primrose in "Youth Is the Season of Hope" and the two landed in Trinidad in "Signs Are Small Measurable Things...".
  • Matthew asked Jeannie to make a nice dress for Anne in "Tightly Knotted to a Similar String". Anne offered to return it to her shop to gain the money to pay off the loan in "Wherever You Are Is My Home".
  • Mrs. Lynde recalls Matthew walking Jeannie home from school. Their school times are shown in flashbacks in "Tightly Knotted to a Similar String".
  • Marilla hears the flashback voices of Nate, Matthew and Anne from "Youth Is the Season of Hope" and "Signs Are Small Measurable Things...".
  • Rachel mentions the Cuthberts having financial struggles around Christmastime the previous year. Due to a vessel accident, Matthew borrowed money from the bank in "Remorse Is the Poison of Life". 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

  • The girls reenact the scene from "Lancelot and Elaine", one of the narrative poems featured in Idylls of the King (1859) by Alfred Lord Tennyson. It is based on the Arthurian legends which feature the characters and locations mentioned by the girls. Ruby is supposed to play the mythical leader, King Arthur, who resided at the castle Camelot. Jane portrays Arthur's wife, Guinevere. Diana represents Lancelot, one of the Knights of the Round Table and Guinevere's lover. Finally, Anne is chosen to play Elaine, a lady who died of her unrequited love for Lancelot. After her death, she was put into a boat and floated to Camelot.
  • Bash and Gilbert drink babash, a Trinidadian bush rum. Gilbert later uses it to sterilize his hands during Ruth's labor.
  • Bash calls Gilbert doux-doux, a French Creole term of affection. In French, doux means sweet.
  • Diana and Minnie May receive a book Social Etiquette.
  • The peddler mentions he is a Jew from Germany working as a salesman in order to bring his wife and children to Canada. In the late 19th century, Italians, Germans and Jews were a part of the second and third migration waves to America. Their reasons for relocation varied, from seeking economic opportunities to escaping religious persecutions. The wave's size and diversity would give rise to xenophobia and nativist movements. That antipathy is demonstrated by Marilla's attitude towards the peddler, although she considers him to be an Italian.
  • During Ruth's labor, Gilbert checks cervical dilation, the opening of her cervix, to see if her body is prepared. He finds out she carries a breech baby, one which is supposed to be born bottom first instead of head first. Recognizing it is not a deliverable position, Gilbert manages to adjust the baby and turn it around.


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