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The #hadow of &hange (arlands of Autumn (reeting and Farewell April-s Lad. Letters from 0ome %n the 1ark 0ome Again Anne-s First 1roposal /+
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An 3nwelcome Lover and a 4elcome Friend 1att.-s 1lace The 5ound of Life "Averil-s Atonement" The 4a. of Transgressors The #ummons A 6ream Turned 3pside 6own Ad7usted 5elationships A Letter from 6av.
2,%%% 8iss 9osepine 5emembers the Anne!girl 2%2 22 22% 22%% An %nterlude (ilbert #peaks 5oses of "esterda. #pring and Anne 5eturn to (reen (ables
22%%% 1aul &annot Find the 5ock 1eople 22%, 22, 22,% Enter 9onas Enter 1rince &harming Enter &hristine
22,%% 8utual &onfidences 22,%%% A 9une Evening 22%2 222 222% 6iana-s 4edding 8rs #kinner-s 5omance Anne to 1hilippa
222%% Tea with 8rs 6ouglas 222%%% "0e 9ust :ept &oming and &oming" 222%, 9ohn 6ouglas #peaks at Last 222, The Last 5edmond "ear $pens
222,; The (ardners- &all 222,%% Full!fledged < A -s 222,%%% False 6awn 222%2 6eals with 4eddings 2L 2L% A <ook of 5evelation Love Takes 3p the (lass of Time
Chapter I The Shadow of Change
"0arvest is ended and summer is gone," quoted Anne #hirle., ga=ing across the shorn fields dreamil. #he and 6iana <arr. had been picking apples in the (reen (ables orchard, but were now resting from their labors in a sunn. corner, where air. fleets of thistledown drifted b. on the wings of a wind that was still summer!sweet with the incense of ferns in the 0aunted 4ood <ut ever.thing in the landscape around them spoke of autumn The sea was roaring hollowl. in the distance, the fields were bare and sere, scarfed with golden rod, the brook valle. below (reen (ables overflowed with asters of ethereal purple, and the Lake of #hining 4aters was blue!!blue!! blue> not the changeful blue of spring, nor the pale a=ure of summer, but a clear, steadfast, serene blue, as if the water were past all moods and tenses of emotion and had settled down to a tranquilit. unbroken b. fickle dreams "%t has been a nice summer," said 6iana, twisting the new ring on her left hand with a smile "And 8iss Lavendar-s wedding seemed to come as a sort of crown to it % suppose 8r and 8rs %rving are on the 1acific coast now " "%t seems to me the. have been gone long enough to go around the world," sighed Anne "% can-t believe it is onl. a week since the. were married Ever.thing has changed 8iss Lavendar and 8r and 8rs Allan gone!!how lonel. the manse looks with the shutters all closed? % went past it last night, and it made me feel as if ever.bod. in it had died " "4e-ll never get another minister as nice as 8r Allan," said 6iana, with gloom. conviction "% suppose we-ll have all kinds of supplies this winter, and half the #unda.s no preaching at all And .ou and (ilbert gone!!it will be awfull. dull " "Fred will be here," insinuated Anne sl.l. "4hen is 8rs L.nde going to move up@" asked 6iana, as if she had not heard Anne-s remark "Tomorrow %-m glad she-s coming!!but it will be another change 8arilla and % cleared ever.thing out of the spare room .esterda. 6o .ou know, % hated to do it@ $f course, it was sill.!!but it did seem as if we were committing sacrilege That old spare room has alwa.s seemed like a shrine to me 4hen % was a child % thought it the most wonderful apartment in the world "ou remember what a consuming desire % had to sleep in a spare room bed!!but not the (reen (ables spare room $h, no, never there? %t would have been too terrible!!% couldn-t have slept a wink from awe % never 4AL:E6 through that room when 8arilla sent me in on an errand!!no, indeed, % tiptoed through it and held m. breath, as if % were in church, and felt relieved when % got out of it The pictures of (eorge 4hitefield and the 6uke of 4ellington hung there, one on each side of the mirror, and frowned so sternl. at me all the time % was in, especiall. if % dared peep in the mirror, which was the onl. one in the house that didn-t twist m. face a little % alwa.s wondered how 8arilla dared houseclean that room And now it-s not onl. cleaned but stripped bare (eorge 4hitefield and the 6uke have been relegated to the upstairs hall -#o passes the glor. of this world,-" concluded Anne, with a laugh in which there was a little note of regret %t is never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them "%-ll be so lonesome when .ou go," moaned 6iana for the hundredth time "And to think .ou go neAt week?" "<ut we-re together still," said Anne cheeril. "4e mustn-t let neAt week rob us of this week-s 7o. % hate the thought of going m.selfBhome and % are such good friends Talk of being lonesome? %t-s % who should groan "$3-LL be here with an. number of .our old friends!!AN6 Fred? 4hile % shall be alone among strangers, not knowing a soul?"
"E2&E1T (ilbert!!AN6 &harlie #loane," said 6iana, imitating Anne-s italics and sl.ness "&harlie #loane will be a great comfort, of course," agreed Anne sarcasticall.> whereupon both those irresponsible damsels laughed 6iana knew eAactl. what Anne thought of &harlie #loane> but, despite sundr. confidential talks, she did not know 7ust what Anne thought of (ilbert <l.the To be sure, Anne herself did not know that "The bo.s ma. be boarding at the other end of :ingsport, for all % know," Anne went on "% am glad %-m going to 5edmond, and % am sure % shall like it after a while <ut for the first few weeks % know % won-t % shan-t even have the comfort of looking forward to the weekend visit home, as % had when % went to Cueen-s &hristmas will seem like a thousand .ears awa. " "Ever.thing is changing!!or going to change," said 6iana sadl. "% have a feeling that things will never be the same again, Anne " "4e have come to a parting of the wa.s, % suppose," said Anne thoughtfull. "4e had to come to it 6o .ou think, 6iana, that being grown!up is reall. as nice as we used to imagine it would be when we were children@" "% don-t know!!there are #$8E nice things about it," answered 6iana, again caressing her ring with that little smile which alwa.s had the effect of making Anne feel suddenl. left out and ineAperienced "<ut there are so man. pu==ling things, too #ometimes % feel as if being grown!up 7ust frightened me!!and then % would give an.thing to be a little girl again " "% suppose we-ll get used to being grownup in time," said Anne cheerfull. "There won-t be so man. uneApected things about it b. and b.!!though, after all, % fanc. it-s the uneApected things that give spice to life 4e-re eighteen, 6iana %n two more .ears we-ll be twent. 4hen % was ten % thought twent. was a green old age %n no time .ou-ll be a staid, middle!aged matron, and % shall be nice, old maid Aunt Anne, coming to visit .ou on vacations "ou-ll alwa.s keep a corner for me, won-t .ou, 6i darling@ Not the spare room, of course!!old maids can-t aspire to spare rooms, and % shall be as -umble as 3riah 0eep, and quite content with a little over!the!porch or off!the!parlor cubb. hole " "4hat nonsense .ou do talk, Anne," laughed 6iana ""ou-ll marr. somebod. splendid and handsome and rich!!and no spare room in Avonlea will be half gorgeous enough for .ou!!and .ou-ll turn up .our nose at all the friends of .our .outh " "That would be a pit.> m. nose is quite nice, but % fear turning it up would spoil it," said Anne, patting that shapel. organ "% haven-t so man. good features that % could afford to spoil those % have> so, even if % should marr. the :ing of the &annibal %slands, % promise .ou % won-t turn up m. nose at .ou, 6iana " 4ith another ga. laugh the girls separated, 6iana to return to $rchard #lope, Anne to walk to the 1ost $ffice #he found a letter awaiting her there, and when (ilbert <l.the overtook her on the bridge over the Lake of #hining 4aters she was sparkling with the eAcitement of it "1riscilla (rant is going to 5edmond, too," she eAclaimed "%sn-t that splendid@ % hoped she would, but she didn-t think her father would consent 0e has, however, and we-re to board together % feel that % can face an arm. with banners!!or all the professors of 5edmond in one fell phalanA!!with a chum like 1riscilla b. m. side " "% think we-ll like :ingsport," said (ilbert "%t-s a nice old burg, the. tell me, and has the finest natural park in the world %-ve heard that the scener. in it is magnificent " "% wonder if it will be!!can be!!an. more beautiful than this," murmured Anne, looking around her with the loving, enraptured e.es of those to whom "home" must alwa.s be the loveliest spot in the world, no matter what fairer lands ma. lie under alien stars
The. were leaning on the bridge of the old pond, drinking deep of the enchantment of the dusk, 7ust at the spot where Anne had climbed from her sinking 6or. on the da. Elaine floated down to &amelot The fine, empurpling d.e of sunset still stained the western skies, but the moon was rising and the water la. like a great, silver dream in her light 5emembrance wove a sweet and subtle spell over the two .oung creatures ""ou are ver. quiet, Anne," said (ilbert at last "%-m afraid to speak or move for fear all this wonderful beaut. will vanish 7ust like a broken silence," breathed Anne (ilbert suddenl. laid his hand over the slender white one l.ing on the rail of the bridge 0is ha=el e.es deepened into darkness, his still bo.ish lips opened to sa. something of the dream and hope that thrilled his soul <ut Anne snatched her hand awa. and turned quickl. The spell of the dusk was broken for her "% must go home," she eAclaimed, with a rather overdone carelessness "8arilla had a headache this afternoon, and %-m sure the twins will be in some dreadful mischief b. this time % reall. shouldn-t have sta.ed awa. so long " #he chattered ceaselessl. and inconsequentl. until the. reached the (reen (ables lane 1oor (ilbert hardl. had a chance to get a word in edgewise Anne felt rather relieved when the. parted There had been a new, secret self!consciousness in her heart with regard to (ilbert, ever since that fleeting moment of revelation in the garden of Echo Lodge #omething alien had intruded into the old, perfect, school!da. comradeship!!something that threatened to mar it "% never felt glad to see (ilbert go before," she thought, half!resentfull., half!sorrowfull., as she walked alone up the lane "$ur friendship will be spoiled if he goes on with this nonsense %t mustn-t be spoiled!!% won-t let it $h, 40" can-t bo.s be 7ust sensible?" Anne had an uneas. doubt that it was not strictl. "sensible" that she should still feel on her hand the warm pressure of (ilbert-s, as distinctl. as she had felt it for the swift second his had rested there> and still less sensible that the sensation was far from being an unpleasant one!!ver. different from that which had attended a similar demonstration on &harlie #loane-s part, when she had been sitting out a dance with him at a 4hite #ands part. three nights before Anne shivered over the disagreeable recollection <ut all problems connected with infatuated swains vanished from her mind when she entered the homel., unsentimental atmosphere of the (reen (ables kitchen where an eight!.ear!old bo. was cr.ing grievousl. on the sofa "4hat is the matter, 6av.@" asked Anne, taking him up in her arms "4here are 8arilla and 6ora@" "8arilla-s putting 6ora to bed," sobbed 6av., "and %-m cr.ing -cause 6ora fell down the outside cellar steps, heels over head, and scraped all the skin off her nose, and!!" "$h, well, don-t cr. about it, dear $f course, .ou are sorr. for her, but cr.ing won-t help her an. #he-ll be all right tomorrow &r.ing never helps an. one, 6av.!bo., and!!" "% ain-t cr.ing -cause 6ora fell down cellar," said 6av., cutting short Anne-s wellmeant preachment with increasing bitterness "%-m cr.ing, cause % wasn-t there to see her fall %-m alwa.s missing some fun or other, seems to me " "$h, 6av.?" Anne choked back an unhol. shriek of laughter "4ould .ou call it fun to see poor little 6ora fall down the steps and get hurt@" "#he wasn-t 83&0 hurt," said 6av., defiantl. "-&ourse, if she-d been killed %-d have been real sorr., Anne <ut the :eiths ain-t so eas. killed The.-re like the <lewetts, % guess 0erb <lewett fell off the ha.loft last 4ednesda., and rolled right down through the turnip chute into the boA stall,
where the. had a fearful wild, cross horse, and rolled right under his heels And still he got out alive, with onl. three bones broke 8rs L.nde sa.s there are some folks .ou can-t kill with a meat! aAe %s 8rs L.nde coming here tomorrow, Anne@" ""es, 6av., and % hope .ou-ll be alwa.s ver. nice and good to her " "%-ll be nice and good <ut will she ever put me to bed at nights, Anne@" "1erhaps 4h.@" "-&ause," said 6av. ver. decidedl., "if she does % won-t sa. m. pra.ers before her like % do before .ou, Anne " "4h. not@" "-&ause % don-t think it would be nice to talk to (od before strangers, Anne 6ora can sa. hers to 8rs L.nde if she likes, but D%D won-t %-ll wait till she-s gone and then sa. -em 4on-t that be all right, Anne@" ""es, if .ou are sure .ou won-t forget to sa. them, 6av.!bo. " "$h, % won-t forget, .ou bet % think sa.ing m. pra.ers is great fun <ut it won-t be as good fun sa.ing them alone as sa.ing them to .ou % wish .ou-d sta. home, Anne % don-t see what .ou want to go awa. and leave us for " "% don-t eAactl. 4ANT to, 6av., but % feel % ought to go " "%f .ou don-t want to go .ou needn-t "ou-re grown up 4hen D%D-m grown up %-m not going to do one single thing % don-t want to do, Anne " "All .our life, 6av., .ou-ll find .ourself doing things .ou don-t want to do " "% won-t," said 6av. flatl. "&atch me? % have to do things % don-t want to now -cause .ou and 8arilla-ll send me to bed if % don-t <ut when % grow up .ou can-t do that, and there-ll be nobod. to tell me not to do things 4on-t % have the time? #a., Anne, 8ilt. <oulter sa.s his mother sa.s .ou-re going to college to see if .ou can catch a man Are .ou, Anne@ % want to know " For a second Anne burned with resentment Then she laughed, reminding herself that 8rs <oulter-s crude vulgarit. of thought and speech could not harm her "No, 6av., %-m not %-m going to stud. and grow and learn about man. things " "4hat things@" "-#hoes and ships and sealing waA And cabbages and kings,-" quoted Anne "<ut if .ou 6%6 want to catch a man how would .ou go about it@ % want to know," persisted 6av., for whom the sub7ect evidentl. possessed a certain fascination ""ou-d better ask 8rs <oulter," said Anne thoughtlessl. "% think it-s likel. she knows more about the process than % do " "% will, the neAt time % see her," said 6av. gravel. "6av.? %f .ou do?" cried Anne, reali=ing her mistake "<ut .ou 7ust told me to," protested 6av. aggrieved
"%t-s time .ou went to bed," decreed Anne, b. wa. of getting out of the scrape After 6av. had gone to bed Anne wandered down to ,ictoria %sland and sat there alone, curtained with fine!spun, moonlit gloom, while the water laughed around her in a duet of brook and wind Anne had alwa.s loved that brook 8an. a dream had she spun over its sparkling water in da.s gone b. #he forgot lovelorn .ouths, and the ca.enne speeches of malicious neighbors, and all the problems of her girlish eAistence %n imagination she sailed over storied seas that wash the distant shining shores of "faer. lands forlorn," where lost Atlantis and El.sium lie, with the evening star for pilot, to the land of 0eart-s 6esire And she was richer in those dreams than in realities> for things seen pass awa., but the things that are unseen are eternal
Chapter II Garlands of Autumn
The following week sped swiftl., crowded with innumerable "last things," as Anne called them (ood!b.e calls had to be made and received, being pleasant or otherwise, according to whether callers and called!upon were heartil. in s.mpath. with Anne-s hopes, or thought she was too much puffed!up over going to college and that it was their dut. to "take her down a peg or two " The A , % # gave a farewell part. in honor of Anne and (ilbert one evening at the home of 9osie 1.e, choosing that place, partl. because 8r 1.e-s house was large and convenient, partl. because it was strongl. suspected that the 1.e girls would have nothing to do with the affair if their offer of the house for the part. was not accepted %t was a ver. pleasant little time, for the 1.e girls were gracious, and said and did nothing to mar the harmon. of the occasion!!which was not according to their wont 9osie was unusuall. amiable!!so much so that she even remarked condescendingl. to Anne, ""our new dress is rather becoming to .ou, Anne 5eall., .ou look AL8$#T 15ETT" in it " "0ow kind of .ou to sa. so," responded Anne, with dancing e.es 0er sense of humor was developing, and the speeches that would have hurt her at fourteen were becoming merel. food for amusement now 9osie suspected that Anne was laughing at her behind those wicked e.es> but she contented herself with whispering to (ertie, as the. went downstairs, that Anne #hirle. would put on more airs than ever now that she was going to college!!.ou-d see? All the "old crowd" was there, full of mirth and =est and .outhful lightheartedness 6iana <arr., ros. and dimpled, shadowed b. the faithful Fred> 9ane Andrews, neat and sensible and plain> 5ub. (illis, looking her handsomest and brightest in a cream silk blouse, with red geraniums in her golden hair> (ilbert <l.the and &harlie #loane, both tr.ing to keep as near the elusive Anne as possible> &arrie #loane, looking pale and melanchol. because, so it was reported, her father would not allow $liver :imball to come near the place> 8ood. #purgeon 8ac1herson, whose round face and ob7ectionable ears were as round and ob7ectionable as ever> and <ill. Andrews, who sat in a corner all the evening, chuckled when an. one spoke to him, and watched Anne #hirle. with a grin of pleasure on his broad, freckled countenance Anne had known beforehand of the part., but she had not known that she and (ilbert were, as the founders of the #ociet., to be presented with a ver. complimentar. "address" and "tokens of respect"!!in her case a volume of #hakespeare-s pla.s, in (ilbert-s a fountain pen #he was so taken b. surprise and pleased b. the nice things said in the address, read in 8ood. #purgeon-s most solemn and ministerial tones, that the tears quite drowned the sparkle of her big gra. e.es #he had worked hard and faithfull. for the A , % # , and it warmed the cockles of her heart that the members appreciated her efforts so sincerel. And the. were all so nice and friendl. and 7oll.!!even the 1.e girls had their merits> at that moment Anne loved all the world #he en7o.ed the evening tremendousl., but the end of it rather spoiled all (ilbert again made the mistake of sa.ing something sentimental to her as the. ate their supper on the moonlit verandah> and Anne, to punish him, was gracious to &harlie #loane and allowed the latter to walk home with her #he found, however, that revenge hurts nobod. quite so much as the one who tries to inflict it (ilbert walked airil. off with 5ub. (illis, and Anne could hear them laughing and talking gail. as the. loitered along in the still, crisp autumn air The. were evidentl. having the best of good times, while she was horribl. bored b. &harlie #loane, who talked unbrokenl. on, and never, even b. accident, said one thing that was worth listening to Anne gave an occasional absent ".es" or "no," and thought how beautiful 5ub. had looked that night, how ver. goggl. &harlie-s e.es were in the moonlight!!worse even than b. da.light!!and that the world, somehow, wasn-t quite such a nice place as she had believed it to be earlier in the evening
"%-m 7ust tired out!!that is what is the matter with me," she said, when she thankfull. found herself alone in her own room And she honestl. believed it was <ut a certain little gush of 7o., as from some secret, unknown spring, bubbled up in her heart the neAt evening, when she saw (ilbert striding down through the 0aunted 4ood and crossing the old log bridge with that firm, quick step of his #o (ilbert was not going to spend this last evening with 5ub. (illis after all? ""ou look tired, Anne," he said "% am tired, and, worse than that, %-m disgruntled %-m tired because %-ve been packing m. trunk and sewing all da. <ut %-m disgruntled because siA women have been here to sa. good!b.e to me, and ever. one of the siA managed to sa. something that seemed to take the color right out of life and leave it as gra. and dismal and cheerless as a November morning " "#piteful old cats?" was (ilbert-s elegant comment "$h, no, the. weren-t," said Anne seriousl. "That is 7ust the trouble %f the. had been spiteful cats % wouldn-t have minded them <ut the. are all nice, kind, motherl. souls, who like me and whom % like, and that is wh. what the. said, or hinted, had such undue weight with me The. let me see the. thought % was cra=. going to 5edmond and tr.ing to take a < A , and ever since %-ve been wondering if % am 8rs 1eter #loane sighed and said she hoped m. strength would hold out till % got through> and at once % saw m.self a hopeless victim of nervous prostration at the end of m. third .ear> 8rs Eben 4right said it must cost an awful lot to put in four .ears at 5edmond> and % felt all over me that it was unpardonable of me to squander 8arilla-s mone. and m. own on such a foll. 8rs 9asper <ell said she hoped % wouldn-t let college spoil me, as it did some people> and % felt in m. bones that the end of m. four 5edmond .ears would see me a most insufferable creature, thinking % knew it all, and looking down on ever.thing and ever.bod. in Avonlea> 8rs Elisha 4right said she understood that 5edmond girls, especiall. those who belonged to :ingsport, were -dreadful dress. and stuck!up,- and she guessed % wouldn-t feel much at home among them> and % saw m.self, a snubbed, dowd., humiliated countr. girl, shuffling through 5edmond-s classic halls in coppertoned boots " Anne ended with a laugh and a sigh commingled 4ith her sensitive nature all disapproval had weight, even the disapproval of those for whose opinions she had scant respect For the time being life was savorless, and ambition had gone out like a snuffed candle ""ou surel. don-t care for what the. said," protested (ilbert ""ou know eAactl. how narrow their outlook on life is, eAcellent creatures though the. are To do an.thing T0E" have never done is anathema maranatha "ou are the first Avonlea girl who has ever gone to college> and .ou know that all pioneers are considered to be afflicted with moonstruck madness " "$h, % know <ut FEEL%N( is so different from :N$4%N( 8. common sense tells me all .ou can sa., but there are times when common sense has no power over me &ommon nonsense takes possession of m. soul 5eall., after 8rs Elisha went awa. % hardl. had the heart to finish packing " ""ou-re 7ust tired, Anne &ome, forget it all and take a walk with me!!a ramble back through the woods be.ond the marsh There should be something there % want to show .ou " "#hould be? 6on-t .ou know if it is there@" "No % onl. know it should be, from something % saw there in spring &ome on 4e-ll pretend we are two children again and we-ll go the wa. of the wind " The. started gail. off Anne, remembering the unpleasantness of the preceding evening, was ver. nice to (ilbert> and (ilbert, who was learning wisdom, took care to be nothing save the schoolbo. comrade again 8rs L.nde and 8arilla watched them from the kitchen window "That-ll be a match some da.," 8rs L.nde said approvingl.
8arilla winced slightl. %n her heart she hoped it would, but it went against her grain to hear the matter spoken of in 8rs L.nde-s gossip. matter!of!fact wa. "The.-re onl. children .et," she said shortl. 8rs L.nde laughed good!naturedl. "Anne is eighteen> % was married when % was that age 4e old folks, 8arilla, are too much given to thinking children never grow up, that-s what Anne is a .oung woman and (ilbert-s a man, and he worships the ground she walks on, as an. one can see 0e-s a fine fellow, and Anne can-t do better % hope she won-t get an. romantic nonsense into her head at 5edmond % don-t approve of them coeducational places and never did, that-s what % don-t believe," concluded 8rs L.nde solemnl., "that the students at such colleges ever do much else than flirt " "The. must stud. a little," said 8arilla, with a smile "1recious little," sniffed 8rs 5achel "0owever, % think Anne will #he never was flirtatious <ut she doesn-t appreciate (ilbert at his full value, that-s what $h, % know girls? &harlie #loane is wild about her, too, but %-d never advise her to marr. a #loane The #loanes are good, honest, respectable people, of course <ut when all-s said and done, the.-re #L$ANE# " 8arilla nodded To an outsider, the statement that #loanes were #loanes might not be ver. illuminating, but she understood Ever. village has such a famil.> good, honest, respectable people the. ma. be, but #L$ANE# the. are and must ever remain, though the. speak with the tongues of men and angels (ilbert and Anne, happil. unconscious that their future was thus being settled b. 8rs 5achel, were sauntering through the shadows of the 0aunted 4ood <e.ond, the harvest hills were basking in an amber sunset radiance, under a pale, aerial sk. of rose and blue The distant spruce groves were burnished bron=e, and their long shadows barred the upland meadows <ut around them a little wind sang among the fir tassels, and in it there was the note of autumn "This wood reall. is haunted now!!b. old memories," said Anne, stooping to gather a spra. of ferns, bleached to waAen whiteness b. frost "%t seems to me that the little girls 6iana and % used to be pla. here still, and sit b. the 6r.ad-s <ubble in the twilights, tr.sting with the ghosts 6o .ou know, % can never go up this path in the dusk without feeling a bit of the old fright and shiver@ There was one especiall. horrif.ing phantom which we created!!the ghost of the murdered child that crept up behind .ou and laid cold fingers on .ours % confess that, to this da., % cannot help fanc.ing its little, furtive footsteps behind me when % come here after nightfall %-m not afraid of the 4hite Lad. or the headless man or the skeletons, but % wish % had never imagined that bab.-s ghost into eAistence 0ow angr. 8arilla and 8rs <arr. were over that affair," concluded Anne, with reminiscent laughter The woods around the head of the marsh were full of purple vistas, threaded with gossamers 1ast a dour plantation of gnarled spruces and a maple!fringed, sun!warm valle. the. found the "something" (ilbert was looking for "Ah, here it is," he said with satisfaction "An apple tree!!and awa. back here?" eAclaimed Anne delightedl. ""es, a veritable apple!bearing apple tree, too, here in the ver. midst of pines and beeches, a mile awa. from an. orchard % was here one da. last spring and found it, all white with blossom #o % resolved %-d come again in the fall and see if it had been apples #ee, it-s loaded The. look good, too!!tawn. as russets but with a dusk. red cheek 8ost wild seedlings are green and uninviting " "% suppose it sprang .ears ago from some chance!sown seed," said Anne dreamil. "And how it has
grown and flourished and held its own here all alone among aliens, the brave determined thing?" "0ere-s a fallen tree with a cushion of moss #it down, Anne!!it will serve for a woodland throne %-ll climb for some apples The. all grow high!!the tree had to reach up to the sunlight " The apples proved to be delicious 3nder the tawn. skin was a white, white flesh, faintl. veined with red> and, besides their own proper apple taste, the. had a certain wild, delightful tang no orchard!grown apple ever possessed "The fatal apple of Eden couldn-t have had a rarer flavor," commented Anne "<ut it-s time we were going home #ee, it was twilight three minutes ago and now it-s moonlight 4hat a pit. we couldn-t have caught the moment of transformation <ut such moments never are caught, % suppose " "Let-s go back around the marsh and home b. wa. of Lover-s Lane 6o .ou feel as disgruntled now as when .ou started out, Anne@" "Not % Those apples have been as manna to a hungr. soul % feel that % shall love 5edmond and have a splendid four .ears there " "And after those four .ears!!what@" "$h, there-s another bend in the road at their end," answered Anne lightl. "%-ve no idea what ma. be around it!!% don-t want to have %t-s nicer not to know " Lover-s Lane was a dear place that night, still and m.steriousl. dim in the pale radiance of the moonlight The. loitered through it in a pleasant chumm. silence, neither caring to talk "%f (ilbert were alwa.s as he has been this evening how nice and simple ever.thing would be," reflected Anne (ilbert was looking at Anne, as she walked along %n her light dress, with her slender delicac., she made him think of a white iris "% wonder if % can ever make her care for me," he thought, with a pang of self!destruct
Chapter III Greeting and Farewell
&harlie #loane, (ilbert <l.the and Anne #hirle. left Avonlea the following 8onda. morning Anne had hoped for a fine da. 6iana was to drive her to the station and the. wanted this, their last drive together for some time, to be a pleasant one <ut when Anne went to bed #unda. night the east wind was moaning around (reen (ables with an ominous prophec. which was fulfilled in the morning Anne awoke to find raindrops pattering against her window and shadowing the pond-s gra. surface with widening rings> hills and sea were hidden in mist, and the whole world seemed dim and drear. Anne dressed in the cheerless gra. dawn, for an earl. start was necessar. to catch the boat train> she struggled against the tears that 4$3L6 well up in her e.es in spite of herself #he was leaving the home that was so dear to her, and something told her that she was leaving it forever, save as a holida. refuge Things would never be the same again> coming back for vacations would not be living there And oh, how dear and beloved ever.thing wasBthat little white porch room, sacred to the dreams of girlhood, the old #now Cueen at the window, the brook in the hollow, the 6r.ad-s <ubble, the 0aunted 4oods, and Lover-s Lane!!all the thousand and one dear spots where memories of the old .ears bided &ould she ever be reall. happ. an.where else@ <reakfast at (reen (ables that morning was a rather doleful meal 6av., for the first time in his life probabl., could not eat, but blubbered shamelessl. over his porridge Nobod. else seemed to have much appetite, save 6ora, who tucked awa. her rations comfortabl. 6ora, like the immortal and most prudent &harlotte, who "went on cutting bread and butter" when her fren=ied lover-s bod. had been carried past on a shutter, was one of those fortunate creatures who are seldom disturbed b. an.thing Even at eight it took a great deal to ruffle 6ora-s placidit. #he was sorr. Anne was going awa., of course, but was that an. reason wh. she should fail to appreciate a poached egg on toast@ Not at all And, seeing that 6av. could not eat his, 6ora ate it for him 1romptl. on time 6iana appeared with horse and bugg., her ros. face glowing above her raincoat The good!b.es had to be said then somehow 8rs L.nde came in from her quarters to give Anne a heart. embrace and warn her to be careful of her health, whatever she did 8arilla, brusque and tearless, pecked Anne-s cheek and said she supposed the.-d hear from her when she got settled A casual observer might have concluded that Anne-s going mattered ver. little to her!!unless said observer had happened to get a good look in her e.es 6ora kissed Anne priml. and squee=ed out two decorous little tears> but 6av., who had been cr.ing on the back porch step ever since the. rose from the table, refused to sa. good!b.e at all 4hen he saw Anne coming towards him he sprang to his feet, bolted up the back stairs, and hid in a clothes closet, out of which he would not come 0is muffled howls were the last sounds Anne heard as she left (reen (ables %t rained heavil. all the wa. to <right 5iver, to which station the. had to go, since the branch line train from &armod. did not connect with the boat train &harlie and (ilbert were on the station platform when the. reached it, and the train was whistling Anne had 7ust time to get her ticket and trunk check, sa. a hurried farewell to 6iana, and hasten on board #he wished she were going back with 6iana to Avonlea> she knew she was going to die of homesickness And oh, if onl. that dismal rain would stop pouring down as if the whole world were weeping over summer vanished and 7o.s departed? Even (ilbert-s presence brought her no comfort, for &harlie #loane was there, too, and #loanishness could be tolerated onl. in fine weather %t was absolutel. insufferable in rain <ut when the boat steamed out of &harlottetown harbor things took a turn for the better The rain ceased and the sun began to burst out goldenl. now and again between the rents in the clouds, burnishing the gra. seas with copper!hued radiance, and lighting up the mists that curtained the %sland-s red shores with gleams of gold foretokening a fine da. after all <esides, &harlie #loane promptl. became so seasick that he had to go below, and Anne and (ilbert were left alone on deck
"% am ver. glad that all the #loanes get seasick as soon as the. go on water," thought Anne mercilessl. "% am sure % couldn-t take m. farewell look at the -ould sod- with &harlie standing there pretending to look sentimentall. at it, too " "4ell, we-re off," remarked (ilbert unsentimentall. ""es, % feel like <.ron-s -&hilde 0arold-!!onl. it isn-t reall. m. -native shore- that %-m watching," said Anne, winking her gra. e.es vigorousl. "Nova #cotia is that, % suppose <ut one-s native shore is the land one loves the best, and that-s good old 1 E % for me % can-t believe % didn-t alwa.s live here Those eleven .ears before % came seem like a bad dream %t-s seven .ears since % crossed on this boatBthe evening 8rs #pencer brought me over from 0opetown % can see m.self, in that dreadful old wince. dress and faded sailor hat, eAploring decks and cabins with enraptured curiosit. %t was a fine evening> and how those red %sland shores did gleam in the sunshine Now %-m crossing the strait again $h, (ilbert, % do hope %-ll like 5edmond and :ingsport, but %-m sure % won-t?" "4here-s all .our philosoph. gone, Anne@" "%t-s all submerged under a great, swamping wave of loneliness and homesickness %-ve longed for three .ears to go to 5edmond!!and now %-m going!!and % wish % weren-t? Never mind? % shall be cheerful and philosophical again after % have 7ust one good cr. % 83#T have that, -as a went-!!and %-ll have to wait until % get into m. boardinghouse bed tonight, wherever it ma. be, before % can have it Then Anne will be herself again % wonder if 6av. has come out of the closet .et " %t was nine that night when their train reached :ingsport, and the. found themselves in the blue! white glare of the crowded station Anne felt horribl. bewildered, but a moment later she was sei=ed b. 1riscilla (rant, who had come to :ingsport on #aturda. "0ere .ou are, beloved? And % suppose .ou-re as tired as % was when % got here #aturda. night " "Tired? 1riscilla, don-t talk of it %-m tired, and green, and provincial, and onl. about ten .ears old For pit.-s sake take .our poor, broken!down chum to some place where she can hear herself think " "%-ll take .ou right up to our boardinghouse %-ve a cab read. outside " "%t-s such a blessing .ou-re here, 1riss. %f .ou weren-t % think % should 7ust sit down on m. suitcase, here and now, and weep bitter tears 4hat a comfort one familiar face is in a howling wilderness of strangers?" "%s that (ilbert <l.the over there, Anne@ 0ow he has grown up this past .ear? 0e was onl. a schoolbo. when % taught in &armod. And of course that-s &harlie #loane 0E hasn-t changed!! couldn-t? 0e looked 7ust like that when he was born, and he-ll look like that when he-s eight. This wa., dear 4e-ll be home in twent. minutes " "0ome?" groaned Anne ""ou mean we-ll be in some horrible boardinghouse, in a still more horrible hall bedroom, looking out on a ding. back .ard " "%t isn-t a horrible boardinghouse, Anne!girl 0ere-s our cab 0op in!!the driver will get .our trunk $h, .es, the boardinghouseBit-s reall. a ver. nice place of its kind, as .ou-ll admit tomorrow morning when a good night-s sleep has turned .our blues ros. pink %t-s a big, old!fashioned, gra. stone house on #t 9ohn #treet, 7ust a nice little constitutional from 5edmond %t used to be the -residence- of great folk, but fashion has deserted #t 9ohn #treet and its houses onl. dream now of better da.s The.-re so big that people living in them have to take boarders 7ust to fill up At least, that is the reason our landladies are ver. anAious to impress on us The.-re delicious, Anne!!our landladies, % mean " "0ow man. are there@"
"Two 8iss 0annah 0arve. and 8iss Ada 0arve. The. were born twins about fift. .ears ago " "% can-t get awa. from twins, it seems," smiled Anne "4herever % go the. confront me " "$h, the.-re not twins now, dear After the. reached the age of thirt. the. never were twins again 8iss 0annah has grown old, not too gracefull., and 8iss Ada has sta.ed thirt., less gracefull. still % don-t know whether 8iss 0annah can smile or not> %-ve never caught her at it so far, but 8iss Ada smiles all the time and that-s worse 0owever, the.-re nice, kind souls, and the. take two boarders ever. .ear because 8iss 0annah-s economical soul cannot bear to -waste room space-!!not because the. need to or have to, as 8iss Ada has told me seven times since #aturda. night As for our rooms, % admit the. are hall bedrooms, and mine does look out on the back .ard "our room is a front one and looks out on $ld #t 9ohn-s grave.ard, which is 7ust across the street " "That sounds gruesome," shivered Anne "% think %-d rather have the back .ard view " "$h, no, .ou wouldn-t 4ait and see $ld #t 9ohn-s is a darling place %t-s been a grave.ard so long that it-s ceased to be one and has become one of the sights of :ingsport % was all through it .esterda. for a pleasure eAertion There-s a big stone wall and a row of enormous trees all around it, and rows of trees all through it, and the queerest old tombstones, with the queerest and quaintest inscriptions "ou-ll go there to stud., Anne, see if .ou don-t $f course, nobod. is ever buried there now <ut a few .ears ago the. put up a beautiful monument to the memor. of Nova #cotian soldiers who fell in the &rimean 4ar %t is 7ust opposite the entrance gates and there-s -scope for imaginationin it, as .ou used to sa. 0ere-s .our trunk at last!!and the bo.s coming to sa. good night 8ust % reall. shake hands with &harlie #loane, Anne@ 0is hands are alwa.s so cold and fish.!feeling 4e must ask them to call occasionall. 8iss 0annah gravel. told me we could have -.oung gentlemen callers- two evenings in the week, if the. went awa. at a reasonable hour> and 8iss Ada asked me, smiling, please to be sure the. didn-t sit on her beautiful cushions % promised to see to it> but goodness knows where else the. &AN sit, unless the. sit on the floor, for there are cushions on E,E5"T0%N( 8iss Ada even has an elaborate <attenburg one on top of the piano " Anne was laughing b. this time 1riscilla-s ga. chatter had the intended effect of cheering her up> homesickness vanished for the time being, and did not even return in full force when she finall. found herself alone in her little bedroom #he went to her window and looked out The street below was dim and quiet Across it the moon was shining above the trees in $ld #t 9ohn-s, 7ust behind the great dark head of the lion on the monument Anne wondered if it could have been onl. that morning that she had left (reen (ables #he had the sense of a long passage of time which one da. of change and travel gives "% suppose that ver. moon is looking down on (reen (ables now," she mused "<ut % won-t think about it!!that wa. homesickness lies %-m not even going to have m. good cr. %-ll put that off to a more convenient season, and 7ust now %-ll go calml. and sensibl. to bed and to sleep "
Chapter IV April's Lady
:ingsport is a quaint old town, hearking back to earl. &olonial da.s, and wrapped in its ancient atmosphere, as some fine old dame in garments fashioned like those of her .outh 0ere and there it sprouts out into modernit., but at heart it is still unspoiled> it is full of curious relics, and haloed b. the romance of man. legends of the past $nce it was a mere frontier station on the fringe of the wilderness, and those were the da.s when %ndians kept life from being monotonous to the settlers Then it grew to be a bone of contention between the <ritish and the French, being occupied now b. the one and now b. the other, emerging from each occupation with some fresh scar of battling nations branded on it %t has in its park a martello tower, autographed all over b. tourists, a dismantled old French fort on the hills be.ond the town, and several antiquated cannon in its public squares %t has other historic spots also, which ma. be hunted out b. the curious, and none is more quaint and delightful than $ld #t 9ohn-s &emeter. at the ver. core of the town, with streets of quiet, old!time houses on two sides, and bus., bustling, modern thoroughfares on the others Ever. citi=en of :ingsport feels a thrill of possessive pride in $ld #t 9ohn-s, for, if he be of an. pretensions at all, he has an ancestor buried there, with a queer, crooked slab at his head, or else sprawling protectivel. over the grave, on which all the main facts of his histor. are recorded For the most part no great art or skill was lavished on those old tombstones The larger number are of roughl. chiselled brown or gra. native stone, and onl. in a few cases is there an. attempt at ornamentation #ome are adorned with skull and cross! bones, and this gri==l. decoration is frequentl. coupled with a cherub-s head 8an. are prostrate and in ruins %nto almost all Time-s tooth has been gnawing, until some inscriptions have been completel. effaced, and others can onl. be deciphered with difficult. The grave.ard is ver. full and ver. bower., for it is surrounded and intersected b. rows of elms and willows, beneath whose shade the sleepers must lie ver. dreamlessl., forever crooned to b. the winds and leaves over them, and quite undisturbed b. the clamor of traffic 7ust be.ond Anne took the first of man. rambles in $ld #t 9ohn-s the neAt afternoon #he and 1riscilla had gone to 5edmond in the forenoon and registered as students, after which there was nothing more to do that da. The girls gladl. made their escape, for it was not eAhilarating to be surrounded b. crowds of strangers, most of whom had a rather alien appearance, as if not quite sure where the. belonged The "freshettes" stood about in detached groups of two or three, looking askance at each other> the "freshies," wiser in their da. and generation, had banded themselves together on the big staircase of the entrance hall, where the. were shouting out glees with all the vigor of .outhful lungs, as a species of defiance to their traditional enemies, the #ophomores, a few of whom were prowling loftil. about, looking properl. disdainful of the "unlicked cubs" on the stairs (ilbert and &harlie were nowhere to be seen "Little did % think the da. would ever come when %-d be glad of the sight of a #loane," said 1riscilla, as the. crossed the campus, "but %-d welcome &harlie-s goggle e.es almost ecstaticall. At least, the.-d be familiar e.es " "$h," sighed Anne "% can-t describe how % felt when % was standing there, waiting m. turn to be registered!!as insignificant as the teeniest drop in a most enormous bucket %t-s bad enough to feel insignificant, but it-s unbearable to have it grained into .our soul that .ou will never, can never, be an.thing but insignificant, and that is how % did feel!!as if % were invisible to the naked e.e and some of those #ophs might step on me % knew % would go down to m. grave unwept, unhonored and unsung " "4ait till neAt .ear," comforted 1riscilla "Then we-ll be able to look as bored and sophisticated as an. #ophomore of them all No doubt it is rather dreadful to feel insignificant> but % think it-s better
than to feel as big and awkward as % did!!as if % were sprawled all over 5edmond That-s how % felt!! % suppose because % was a good two inches taller than an. one else in the crowd % wasn-t afraid a #oph might walk over me> % was afraid the.-d take me for an elephant, or an overgrown sample of a potato!fed %slander " "% suppose the trouble is we can-t forgive big 5edmond for not being little Cueen-s," said Anne, gathering about her the shreds of her old cheerful philosoph. to cover her nakedness of spirit "4hen we left Cueen-s we knew ever.bod. and had a place of our own % suppose we have been unconsciousl. eApecting to take life up at 5edmond 7ust where we left off at Cueen-s, and now we feel as if the ground had slipped from under our feet %-m thankful that neither 8rs L.nde nor 8rs Elisha 4right know, or ever will know, m. state of mind at present The. would eAult in sa.ing -% told .ou so,- and be convinced it was the beginning of the end 4hereas it is 7ust the end of the beginning " "EAactl. That sounds more Anneish %n a little while we-ll be acclimated and acquainted, and all will be well Anne, did .ou notice the girl who stood alone 7ust outside the door of the coedsdressing room all the morning!!the prett. one with the brown e.es and crooked mouth@" ""es, % did % noticed her particularl. because she seemed the onl. creature there who L$$:E6 as lonel. and friendless as % FELT % had "$3, but she had no one " "% think she felt prett. all!b.!herselfish, too #everal times % saw her make a motion as if to cross over to us, but she never did it!!too sh., % suppose % wished she would come %f % hadn-t felt so much like the aforesaid elephant %-d have gone to her <ut % couldn-t lumber across that big hall with all those bo.s howling on the stairs #he was the prettiest freshette % saw toda., but probabl. favor is deceitful and even beaut. is vain on .our first da. at 5edmond," concluded 1riscilla with a laugh "%-m going across to $ld #t 9ohn-s after lunch," said Anne "% don-t know that a grave.ard is a ver. good place to go to get cheered up, but it seems the onl. get!at!able place where there are trees, and trees % must have %-ll sit on one of those old slabs and shut m. e.es and imagine %-m in the Avonlea woods " Anne did not do that, however, for she found enough of interest in $ld #t 9ohn-s to keep her e.es wide open The. went in b. the entrance gates, past the simple, massive, stone arch surmounted b. the great lion of England "-And on %nkerman .et the wild bramble is gor., And those bleak heights henceforth shall be famous in stor.,-" quoted Anne, looking at it with a thrill The. found themselves in a dim, cool, green place where winds were fond of purring 3p and down the long grass. aisles the. wandered, reading the quaint, voluminous epitaphs, carved in an age that had more leisure than our own "-0ere lieth the bod. of Albert &rawford, Esq ,-" read Anne from a worn, gra. slab, "-for man. .ears :eeper of 0is 8a7est.-s $rdnance at :ingsport 0e served in the arm. till the peace of ;E+*, when he retired from bad health 0e was a brave officer, the best of husbands, the best of fathers, the best of friends 0e died $ctober )'th, ;E'), aged F/ .ears - There-s an epitaph for .ou, 1riss. There is certainl. some -scope for imagination- in it 0ow full such a life must have been of adventure? And as for his personal qualities, %-m sure human eulog. couldn-t go further % wonder if the. told him he was all those best things while he was alive " "0ere-s another," said 1riscilla "Listen!! -To the memor. of AleAander 5oss, who died on the ))nd of #eptember, ;F/G, aged /* .ears This is raised as a tribute of affection b. one whom he served so faithfull. for )E .ears that he was regarded as a friend, deserving the fullest confidence and attachment -"
"A ver. good epitaph," commented Anne thoughtfull. "% wouldn-t wish a better 4e are all servants of some sort, and if the fact that we are faithful can be truthfull. inscribed on our tombstones nothing more need be added 0ere-s a sorrowful little gra. stone, 1riss.!!-to the memor. of a favorite child - And here is another -erected to the memor. of one who is buried elsewhere - % wonder where that unknown grave is 5eall., 1ris, the grave.ards of toda. will never be as interesting as this "ou were right!!% shall come here often % love it alread. % see we-re not alone here!!there-s a girl down at the end of this avenue " ""es, and % believe it-s the ver. girl we saw at 5edmond this morning %-ve been watching her for five minutes #he has started to come up the avenue eAactl. half a do=en times, and half a do=en times has she turned and gone back Either she-s dreadfull. sh. or she has got something on her conscience Let-s go and meet her %t-s easier to get acquainted in a grave.ard than at 5edmond, % believe " The. walked down the long grass. arcade towards the stranger, who was sitting on a gra. slab under an enormous willow #he was certainl. ver. prett., with a vivid, irregular, bewitching t.pe of prettiness There was a gloss as of brown nuts on her satin!smooth hair and a soft, ripe glow on her round cheeks 0er e.es were big and brown and velvet., under oddl.!pointed black brows, and her crooked mouth was rose!red #he wore a smart brown suit, with two ver. modish little shoes peeping from beneath it> and her hat of dull pink straw, wreathed with golden!brown poppies, had the indefinable, unmistakable air which pertains to the "creation" of an artist in milliner. 1riscilla had a sudden stinging consciousness that her own hat had been trimmed b. her village store milliner, and Anne wondered uncomfortabl. if the blouse she had made herself, and which 8rs L.nde had fitted, looked ,E5" countrified and home!made besides the stranger-s smart attire For a moment both girls felt like turning back <ut the. had alread. stopped and turned towards the gra. slab %t was too late to retreat, for the brown!e.ed girl had evidentl. concluded that the. were coming to speak to her %nstantl. she sprang up and came forward with outstretched hand and a ga., friendl. smile in which there seemed not a shadow of either sh.ness or burdened conscience "$h, % want to know who .ou two girls are," she eAclaimed eagerl. "%-ve been 6"%N( to know % saw .ou at 5edmond this morning #a., wasn-t it A4F3L there@ For the time % wished % had sta.ed home and got married " Anne and 1riscilla both broke into unconstrained laughter at this uneApected conclusion The brown!e.ed girl laughed, too "% reall. did % &$3L6 have, .ou know &ome, let-s all sit down on this gravestone and get acquainted %t won-t be hard % know we-re going to adore each other!!% knew it as soon as % saw .ou at 5edmond this morning % wanted so much to go right over and hug .ou both " "4h. didn-t .ou@" asked 1riscilla "<ecause % simpl. couldn-t make up m. mind to do it % never can make up m. mind about an.thing m.self!!%-m alwa.s afflicted with indecision 9ust as soon as % decide to do something % feel in m. bones that another course would be the correct one %t-s a dreadful misfortune, but % was born that wa., and there is no use in blaming me for it, as some people do #o % couldn-t make up m. mind to go and speak to .ou, much as % wanted to " "4e thought .ou were too sh.," said Anne "No, no, dear #h.ness isn-t among the man. failings!!or virtuesBof 1hilippa (ordon!!1hil for short 6o call me 1hil right off Now, what are .our handles@" "#he-s 1riscilla (rant," said Anne, pointing
"And #0E-# Anne #hirle.," said 1riscilla, pointing in turn "And we-re from the %sland," said both together "% hail from <olingbroke, Nova #cotia," said 1hilippa "<olingbroke?" eAclaimed Anne "4h., that is where % was born " "6o .ou reall. mean it@ 4h., that makes .ou a <luenose after all " "No, it doesn-t," retorted Anne "4asn-t it 6an $-&onnell who said that if a man was born in a stable it didn-t make him a horse@ %-m %sland to the core " "4ell, %-m glad .ou were born in <olingbroke an.wa. %t makes us kind of neighbors, doesn-t it@ And % like that, because when % tell .ou secrets it won-t be as if % were telling them to a stranger % have to tell them % can-t keep secrets!!it-s no use to tr. That-s m. worst failing!!that, and indecision, as aforesaid 4ould .ou believe it@!!it took me half an hour to decide which hat to wear when % was coming here!!0E5E, to a grave.ard? At first % inclined to m. brown one with the feather> but as soon as % put it on % thought this pink one with the flopp. brim would be more becoming 4hen % got %T pinned in place % liked the brown one better At last % put them close together on the bed, shut m. e.es, and 7abbed with a hat pin The pin speared the pink one, so % put it on %t is becoming, isn-t it@ Tell me, what do .ou think of m. looks@" At this naive demand, made in a perfectl. serious tone, 1riscilla laughed again <ut Anne said, impulsivel. squee=ing 1hilippa-s hand, "4e thought this morning that .ou were the prettiest girl we saw at 5edmond " 1hilippa-s crooked mouth flashed into a bewitching, crooked smile over ver. white little teeth "% thought that m.self," was her neAt astounding statement, "but % wanted some one else-s opinion to bolster mine up % can-t decide even on m. own appearance 9ust as soon as %-ve decided that %-m prett. % begin to feel miserabl. that %-m not <esides, have a horrible old great!aunt who is alwa.s sa.ing to me, with a mournful sigh, -"ou were such a prett. bab. %t-s strange how children change when the. grow up - % adore aunts, but % detest great!aunts 1lease tell me quite often that % am prett., if .ou don-t mind % feel so much more comfortable when % can believe %-m prett. And %-ll be 7ust as obliging to .ou if .ou want me to!!% &AN be, with a clear conscience " "Thanks," laughed Anne, "but 1riscilla and % are so firml. convinced of our own good looks that we don-t need an. assurance about them, so .ou needn-t trouble " "$h, .ou-re laughing at me % know .ou think %-m abominabl. vain, but %-m not There reall. isn-t one spark of vanit. in me And %-m never a bit grudging about pa.ing compliments to other girls when the. deserve them %-m so glad % know .ou folks % came up on #aturda. and %-ve nearl. died of homesickness ever since %t-s a horrible feeling, isn-t it@ %n <olingbroke %-m an important personage, and in :ingsport %-m 7ust nobod.? There were times when % could feel m. soul turning a delicate blue 4here do .ou hang out@" "Thirt.!eight #t 9ohn-s #treet " "<etter and better 4h., %-m 7ust around the corner on 4allace #treet % don-t like m. boardinghouse, though %t-s bleak and lonesome, and m. room looks out on such an unhol. back .ard %t-s the ugliest place in the world As for cats!!well, surel. ALL the :ingsport cats can-t congregate there at night, but half of them must % adore cats on hearth rugs, snoo=ing before nice, friendl. fires, but cats in back .ards at midnight are totall. different animals The first night % was here % cried all night, and so did the cats "ou should have seen m. nose in the morning 0ow % wished % had never left home?"
"% don-t know how .ou managed to make up .our mind to come to 5edmond at all, if .ou are reall. such an undecided person," said amused 1riscilla "<less .our heart, hone., % didn-t %t was father who wanted me to come here 0is heart was set on it!!wh., % don-t know %t seems perfectl. ridiculous to think of me stud.ing for a < A degree, doesn-t it@ Not but what % can do it, all right % have heaps of brains " "$h?" said 1riscilla vaguel. ""es <ut it-s such hard work to use them And < A -s are such learned, dignified, wise, solemn creatures!!the. must be No, D%D didn-t want to come to 5edmond % did it 7ust to oblige father 0e %# such a duck <esides, % knew if % sta.ed home %-d have to get married 8other wanted that!! wanted it decidedl. 8other has plent. of decision <ut % reall. hated the thought of being married for a few .ears .et % want to have heaps of fun before % settle down And, ridiculous as the idea of m. being a < A is, the idea of m. being an old married woman is still more absurd, isn-t it@ %-m onl. eighteen No, % concluded % would rather come to 5edmond than be married <esides, how could % ever have made up m. mind which man to marr.@" "4ere there so man.@" laughed Anne "0eaps The bo.s like me awfull.!!the. reall. do <ut there were onl. two that mattered The rest were all too .oung and too poor % must marr. a rich man, .ou know " "4h. must .ou@" "0one., .ou couldn-t imagine 8E being a poor man-s wife, could .ou@ % can-t do a single useful thing, and % am ,E5" eAtravagant $h, no, m. husband must have heaps of mone. #o that narrowed them down to two <ut % couldn-t decide between two an. easier than between two hundred % knew perfectl. well that whichever one % chose %-d regret all m. life that % hadn-t married the other " "6idn-t .ou!!love!!either of them@" asked Anne, a little hesitatingl. %t was not eas. for her to speak to a stranger of the great m.ster. and transformation of life "(oodness, no D%D couldn-t love an.bod. %t isn-t in me <esides % wouldn-t want to <eing in love makes .ou a perfect slave, D%D think And it would give a man such power to hurt .ou %-d be afraid No, no, Alec and Alon=o are two dear bo.s, and % like them both so much that % reall. don-t know which % like the better That is the trouble Alec is the best looking, of course, and % simpl. couldn-t marr. a man who wasn-t handsome 0e is good!tempered too, and has lovel., curl., black hair 0e-s rather too perfect!!% don-t believe %-d like a perfect husband!!somebod. % could never find fault with " "Then wh. not marr. Alon=o@" asked 1riscilla gravel. "Think of marr.ing a name like Alon=o?" said 1hil dolefull. "% don-t believe % could endure it <ut he has a classic nose, and it 4$3L6 be a comfort to have a nose in the famil. that could be depended on % can-t depend on mine #o far, it takes after the (ordon pattern, but %-m so afraid it will develop <.rne tendencies as % grow older % eAamine it ever. da. anAiousl. to make sure it-s still (ordon 8other was a <.rne and has the <.rne nose in the <.rnest degree 4ait till .ou see it % adore nice noses "our nose is awfull. nice, Anne #hirle. Alon=o-s nose nearl. turned the balance in his favor <ut AL$NH$? No, % couldn-t decide %f % could have done as % did with the hats!!stood them both up together, shut m. e.es, and 7abbed with a hatpin!!it would have been quite eas. " "4hat did Alec and Alon=o feel like when .ou came awa.@" queried 1riscilla "$h, the. still have hope % told them the.-d have to wait till % could make up m. mind The.-re
quite willing to wait The. both worship me, .ou know 8eanwhile, % intend to have a good time % eApect % shall have heaps of beauA at 5edmond % can-t be happ. unless % have, .ou know <ut don-t .ou think the freshmen are fearfull. homel.@ % saw onl. one reall. handsome fellow among them 0e went awa. before .ou came % heard his chum call him (ilbert 0is chum had e.es that stuck out T0AT FA5 <ut .ou-re not going .et, girls@ 6on-t go .et " "% think we must," said Anne, rather coldl. "%t-s getting late, and %-ve some work to do " "<ut .ou-ll both come to see me, won-t .ou@" asked 1hilippa, getting up and putting an arm around each "And let me come to see .ou % want to be chumm. with .ou %-ve taken such a fanc. to .ou both And % haven-t quite disgusted .ou with m. frivolit., have %@" "Not quite," laughed Anne, responding to 1hil-s squee=e, with a return of cordialit. "<ecause %-m not half so sill. as % seem on the surface, .ou know "ou 7ust accept 1hilippa (ordon, as the Lord made her, with all her faults, and % believe .ou-ll come to like her %sn-t this grave.ard a sweet place@ %-d love to be buried here 0ere-s a grave % didn-t see before!!this one in the iron railing!!oh, girls, look, see!!the stone sa.s it-s the grave of a midd. who was killed in the fight between the #hannon and the &hesapeake 9ust fanc.?" Anne paused b. the railing and looked at the worn stone, her pulses thrilling with sudden eAcitement The old grave.ard, with its over!arching trees and long aisles of shadows, faded from her sight %nstead, she saw the :ingsport 0arbor of nearl. a centur. agone $ut of the mist came slowl. a great frigate, brilliant with "the meteor flag of England " <ehind her was another, with a still, heroic form, wrapped in his own starr. flag, l.ing on the quarter deck!!the gallant Lawrence Time-s finger had turned back his pages, and that was the #hannon sailing triumphant up the ba. with the &hesapeake as her pri=e "&ome back, Anne #hirle.!!come back," laughed 1hilippa, pulling her arm ""ou-re a hundred .ears awa. from us &ome back " Anne came back with a sigh> her e.es were shining softl. "%-ve alwa.s loved that old stor.," she said, "and although the English won that victor., % think it was because of the brave, defeated commander % love it This grave seems to bring it so near and make it so real This poor little midd. was onl. eighteen 0e -died of desperate wounds received in gallant action-!!so reads his epitaph %t is such as a soldier might wish for " <efore she turned awa., Anne unpinned the little cluster of purple pansies she wore and dropped it softl. on the grave of the bo. who had perished in the great sea!duel "4ell, what do .ou think of our new friend@" asked 1riscilla, when 1hil had left them "% like her There is something ver. lovable about her, in spite of all her nonsense % believe, as she sa.s herself, that she isn-t half as sill. as she sounds #he-s a dear, kissable bab.!!and % don-t know that she-ll ever reall. grow up " "% like her, too," said 1riscilla, decidedl. "#he talks as much about bo.s as 5ub. (illis does <ut it alwa.s enrages or sickens me to hear 5ub., whereas % 7ust wanted to laugh good!naturedl. at 1hil Now, what is the wh. of that@" "There is a difference," said Anne meditativel. "% think it-s because 5ub. is reall. so &$N#&%$3# of bo.s #he pla.s at love and love!making <esides, .ou feel, when she is boasting of her beauA that she is doing it to rub it well into .ou that .ou haven-t half so man. Now, when 1hil talks of her beauA it sounds as if she was 7ust speaking of chums #he reall. looks upon bo.s as good comrades, and she is pleased when she has do=ens of them tagging round, simpl. because she likes to be popular and to be thought popular Even AleA and Alon=o!!%-ll never be able to think of those two
names separatel. after this!!are to her 7ust two pla.fellows who want her to pla. with them all their lives %-m glad we met her, and %-m glad we went to $ld #t 9ohn-s % believe %-ve put forth a tin. soul!root into :ingsport soil this afternoon % hope so % hate to feel transplanted "
Chapter V Letters from Home
For the neAt three weeks Anne and 1riscilla continued to feel as strangers in a strange land Then, suddenl., ever.thing seemed to fall into focus!!5edmond, professors, classes, students, studies, social doings Life became homogeneous again, instead of being made up of detached fragments The Freshmen, instead of being a collection of unrelated individuals, found themselves a class, with a class spirit, a class .ell, class interests, class antipathies and class ambitions The. won the da. in the annual "Arts 5ush" against the #ophomores, and thereb. gained the respect of all the classes, and an enormous, confidence!giving opinion of themselves For three .ears the #ophomores had won in the "rush"> that the victor. of this .ear perched upon the Freshmen-s banner was attributed to the strategic generalship of (ilbert <l.the, who marshalled the campaign and originated certain new tactics, which demorali=ed the #ophs and swept the Freshmen to triumph As a reward of merit he was elected president of the Freshman &lass, a position of honor and responsibilit.!!from a Fresh point of view, at least!!coveted b. man. 0e was also invited to 7oin the "Lambs"!!5edmondese for Lamba Theta!!a compliment rarel. paid to a Freshman As a preparator. initiation ordeal he had to parade the principal business streets of :ingsport for a whole da. wearing a sunbonnet and a voluminous kitchen apron of gaudil. flowered calico This he did cheerfull., doffing his sunbonnet with courtl. grace when he met ladies of his acquaintance &harlie #loane, who had not been asked to 7oin the Lambs, told Anne he did not see how <l.the could do it, and 0E, for his part, could never humiliate himself so "Fanc. &harlie #loane in a -caliker- apron and a -sunbunnit,-" giggled 1riscilla "0e-d look eAactl. like his old (randmother #loane (ilbert, now, looked as much like a man in them as in his own proper habiliments " Anne and 1riscilla found themselves in the thick of the social life of 5edmond That this came about so speedil. was due in great measure to 1hilippa (ordon 1hilippa was the daughter of a rich and well!known man, and belonged to an old and eAclusive "<luenose" famil. This, combined with her beaut. and charm!!a charm acknowledged b. all who met her!!promptl. opened the gates of all cliques, clubs and classes in 5edmond to her> and where she went Anne and 1riscilla went, too 1hil "adored" Anne and 1riscilla, especiall. Anne #he was a lo.al little soul, cr.stal!free from an. form of snobbishness "Love me, love m. friends" seemed to be her unconscious motto 4ithout effort, she took them with her into her ever widening circle of acquaintanceship, and the two Avonlea girls found their social pathwa. at 5edmond made ver. eas. and pleasant for them, to the env. and wonderment of the other freshettes, who, lacking 1hilippa-s sponsorship, were doomed to remain rather on the fringe of things during their first college .ear To Anne and 1riscilla, with their more serious views of life, 1hil remained the amusing, lovable bab. she had seemed on their first meeting "et, as she said herself, she had "heaps" of brains 4hen or where she found time to stud. was a m.ster., for she seemed alwa.s in demand for some kind of "fun," and her home evenings were crowded with callers #he had all the "beauA" that heart could desire, for nine!tenths of the Freshmen and a big fraction of all the other classes were rivals for her smiles #he was naivel. delighted over this, and gleefull. recounted each new conquest to Anne and 1riscilla, with comments that might have made the unluck. lover-s ears burn fiercel. "Alec and Alon=o don-t seem to have an. serious rival .et," remarked Anne, teasingl. "Not one," agreed 1hilippa "% write them both ever. week and tell them all about m. .oung men here %-m sure it must amuse them <ut, of course, the one % like best % can-t get (ilbert <l.the won-t take an. notice of me, eAcept to look at me as if % were a nice little kitten he-d like to pat Too well % know the reason % owe .ou a grudge, Cueen Anne % reall. ought to hate .ou and instead % love .ou madl., and %-m miserable if % don-t see .ou ever. da. "ou-re different from an. girl % ever knew
before 4hen .ou look at me in a certain wa. % feel what an insignificant, frivolous little beast % am, and % long to be better and wiser and stronger And then % make good resolutions> but the first nice! looking mannie who comes m. wa. knocks them all out of m. head %sn-t college life magnificent@ %t-s so funn. to think % hated it that first da. <ut if % hadn-t % might never got reall. acquainted with .ou Anne, please tell me over again that .ou like me a little bit % .earn to hear it " "% like .ou a big bit!!and % think .ou-re a dear, sweet, adorable, velvet., clawless, little!!kitten," laughed Anne, "but % don-t see when .ou ever get time to learn .our lessons " 1hil must have found time for she held her own in ever. class of her .ear Even the grump. old professor of 8athematics, who detested coeds, and had bitterl. opposed their admission to 5edmond, couldn-t floor her #he led the freshettes ever.where, eAcept in English, where Anne #hirle. left her far behind Anne herself found the studies of her Freshman .ear ver. eas., thanks in great part to the stead. work she and (ilbert had put in during those two past .ears in Avonlea This left her more time for a social life which she thoroughl. en7o.ed <ut never for a moment did she forget Avonlea and the friends there To her, the happiest moments in each week were those in which letters came from home %t was not until she had got her first letters that she began to think she could ever like :ingsport or feel at home there <efore the. came, Avonlea had seemed thousands of miles awa.> those letters brought it near and linked the old life to the new so closel. that the. began to seem one and the same, instead of two hopelessl. segregated eAistences The first batch contained siA letters, from 9ane Andrews, 5ub. (illis, 6iana <arr., 8arilla, 8rs L.nde and 6av. 9ane-s was a copperplate production, with ever. "t" nicel. crossed and ever. "i" precisel. dotted, and not an interesting sentence in it #he never mentioned the school, concerning which Anne was avid to hear> she never answered one of the questions Anne had asked in her letter <ut she told Anne how man. .ards of lace she had recentl. crocheted, and the kind of weather the. were having in Avonlea, and how she intended to have her new dress made, and the wa. she felt when her head ached 5ub. (illis wrote a gushing epistle deploring Anne-s absence, assuring her she was horribl. missed in ever.thing, asking what the 5edmond "fellows" were like, and filling the rest with accounts of her own harrowing eAperiences with her numerous admirers %t was a sill., harmless letter, and Anne would have laughed over it had it not been for the postscript "(ilbert seems to be en7o.ing 5edmond, 7udging from his letters," wrote 5ub. "% don-t think &harlie is so stuck on it " #o (ilbert was writing to 5ub.? ,er. well 0e had a perfect right to, of course $nl.!!?? Anne did not know that 5ub. had written the first letter and that (ilbert had answered it from mere courtes. #he tossed 5ub.-s letter aside contemptuousl. <ut it took all 6iana-s bree=., news., delightful epistle to banish the sting of 5ub.-s postscript 6iana-s letter contained a little too much Fred, but was otherwise crowded and crossed with items of interest, and Anne almost felt herself back in Avonlea while reading it 8arilla-s was a rather prim and colorless epistle, severel. innocent of gossip or emotion "et somehow it conve.ed to Anne a whiff of the wholesome, simple life at (reen (ables, with its savor of ancient peace, and the steadfast abiding love that was there for her 8rs L.nde-s letter was full of church news 0aving broken up housekeeping, 8rs L.nde had more time than ever to devote to church affairs and had flung herself into them heart and soul #he was at present much worked up over the poor "supplies" the. were having in the vacant Avonlea pulpit "% don-t believe an. but fools enter the ministr. nowada.s," she wrote bitterl. "#uch candidates as the. have sent us, and such stuff as the. preach? 0alf of it ain-t true, and, what-s worse, it ain-t sound doctrine The one we have now is the worst of the lot 0e mostl. takes a teAt and preaches about something else And he sa.s he doesn-t believe all the heathen will be eternall. lost The idea? %f the. won-t all the mone. we-ve been giving to Foreign 8issions will be clean wasted, that-s what? Last #unda. night he announced that neAt #unda. he-d preach on the aAe!head that swam % think he-d better confine himself to the <ible and leave sensational sub7ects alone Things have come to a prett. pass if a minister can-t find enough in 0ol. 4rit to preach about, that-s what 4hat church do .ou attend, Anne@ % hope .ou go regularl. 1eople are apt to get so careless about church!going
awa. from home, and % understand college students are great sinners in this respect %-m told man. of them actuall. stud. their lessons on #unda. % hope .ou-ll never sink that low, Anne 5emember how .ou were brought up And be ver. careful what friends .ou make "ou never know what sort of creatures are in them colleges $utwardl. the. ma. be as whited sepulchers and inwardl. as ravening wolves, that-s what "ou-d better not have an.thing to sa. to an. .oung man who isn-t from the %sland "% forgot to tell .ou what happened the da. the minister called here %t was the funniest thing % ever saw % said to 8arilla, -%f Anne had been here wouldn-t she have had a laugh@- Even 8arilla laughed "ou know he-s a ver. short, fat little man with bow legs 4ell, that old pig of 8r 0arrison-s!!the big, tall one!!had wandered over here that da. again and broke into the .ard, and it got into the back porch, unbeknowns to us, and it was there when the minister appeared in the doorwa. %t made one wild bolt to get out, but there was nowhere to bolt to eAcept between them bow legs #o there it went, and, being as it was so big and the minister so little, it took him clean off his feet and carried him awa. 0is hat went one wa. and his cane another, 7ust as 8arilla and % got to the door %-ll never forget the look of him And that poor pig was near scared to death %-ll never be able to read that account in the <ible of the swine that rushed madl. down the steep place into the sea without seeing 8r 0arrison-s pig careering down the hill with that minister % guess the pig thought he had the $ld <o. on his back instead of inside of him % was thankful the twins weren-t about %t wouldn-t have been the right thing for them to have seen a minister in such an undignified predicament 9ust before the. got to the brook the minister 7umped off or fell off The pig rushed through the brook like mad and up through the woods 8arilla and % run down and helped the minister get up and brush his coat 0e wasn-t hurt, but he was mad 0e seemed to hold 8arilla and me responsible for it all, though we told him the pig didn-t belong to us, and had been pestering us all summer <esides, what did he come to the back door for@ "ou-d never have caught 8r Allan doing that %t-ll be a long time before we get a man like 8r Allan <ut it-s an ill wind that blows no good 4e-ve never seen hoof or hair of that pig since, and it-s m. belief we never will "Things is prett. quiet in Avonlea % don-t find (reen (ables as lonesome as % eApected % think %-ll start another cotton warp quilt this winter 8rs #ilas #loane has a handsome new apple!leaf pattern "4hen % feel that % must have some eAcitement % read the murder trials in that <oston paper m. niece sends me % never used to do it, but the.-re real interesting The #tates must be an awful place % hope .ou-ll never go there, Anne <ut the wa. girls roam over the earth now is something terrible %t alwa.s makes me think of #atan in the <ook of 9ob, going to and fro and walking up and down % don-t believe the Lord ever intended it, that-s what "6av. has been prett. good since .ou went awa. $ne da. he was bad and 8arilla punished him b. making him wear 6ora-s apron all da., and then he went and cut all 6ora-s aprons up % spanked him for that and then he went and chased m. rooster to death "The 8ac1hersons have moved down to m. place #he-s a great housekeeper and ver. particular #he-s rooted all m. 9une lilies up because she sa.s the. make a garden look so untid. Thomas set them lilies out when we were married 0er husband seems a nice sort of a man, but she can-t get over being an old maid, that-s what "6on-t stud. too hard, and be sure and put .our winter underclothes on as soon as the weather gets cool 8arilla worries a lot about .ou, but % tell her .ou-ve got a lot more sense than % ever thought .ou would have at one time, and that .ou-ll be all right " 6av.-s letter plunged into a grievance at the start "6ear anne, please write and tell marilla not to tie me to the rale of the bridge when % go fishing the bo.s make fun of me when she does %ts awful lonesome here without .ou but grate fun in school 9ane andrews is crosser than .ou % scared mrs l.nde with a 7ack. lantern last nite #he was offel
mad and she was mad cause % chased her old rooster round the .ard till he fell down ded % didn-t mean to make him fall down ded 4hat made him die, anne, % want to know mrs l.nde threw him into the pig pen she mite of sold him to mr blair mr blair is giving IG sense apeace for good ded roosters now % herd mrs l.nde asking the minister to pra. for her 4hat did she do that was so bad, anne, % want to know %-ve got a kite with a magnificent tail, anne 8ilt. bolter told me a grate stor. in school .esterda. it is troo old 9oe 8ose. and Leon were pla.ing cards one nite last week in the woods The cards were on a stump and a big black man bigger than the trees come along and grabbed the cards and the stump and disapered with a no.s like thunder %ll bet the. were skared 8ilt. sa.s the black man was the old harr. was he, anne, % want to know 8r kimball over at spenservale is ver. sick and will have to go to the hospitable please eAcuse me while % ask marilla if thats spelled rite 8arilla sa.s its the silem he has to go to not the other place 0e thinks he has a snake inside of him whats it like to have a snake inside of .ou, anne % want to know mrs lawrence bell is sick to mrs l.nde sa.s that all that is the matter with her is that she thinks too much about her insides " "% wonder," said Anne, as she folded up her letters, "what 8rs L.nde would think of 1hilippa "
Chapter VI In the Par
"4hat are .ou going to do with .ourselves toda., girls@" asked 1hilippa, popping into Anne-s room one #aturda. afternoon "4e are going for a walk in the park," answered Anne "% ought to sta. in and finish m. blouse <ut % couldn-t sew on a da. like this There-s something in the air that gets into m. blood and makes a sort of glor. in m. soul 8. fingers would twitch and %-d sew a crooked seam #o it-s ho for the park and the pines " "6oes -we- include an. one but .ourself and 1riscilla@" ""es, it includes (ilbert and &harlie, and we-ll be ver. glad if it will include .ou, also " "<ut," said 1hilippa dolefull., "if % go %-ll have to be gooseberr., and that will be a new eAperience for 1hilippa (ordon " "4ell, new eAperiences are broadening &ome along, and .ou-ll be able to s.mpathi=e with all poor souls who have to pla. gooseberr. often <ut where are all the victims@" "$h, % was tired of them all and simpl. couldn-t be bothered with an. of them toda. <esides, %-ve been feeling a little blue!!7ust a pale, elusive a=ure %t isn-t serious enough for an.thing darker % wrote Alec and Alon=o last week % put the letters into envelopes and addressed them, but % didn-t seal them up That evening something funn. happened That is, Alec would think it funn., but Alon=o wouldn-t be likel. to % was in a hurr., so % snatched Alec-s letter!!as % thought!!out of the envelope and scribbled down a postscript Then % mailed both letters % got Alon=o-s repl. this morning (irls, % had put that postscript to his letter and he was furious $f course he-ll get over it!! and % don-t care if he doesn-t!!but it spoiled m. da. #o % thought %-d come to .ou darlings to get cheered up After the football season opens % won-t have an. spare #aturda. afternoons % adore football %-ve got the most gorgeous cap and sweater striped in 5edmond colors to wear to the games To be sure, a little wa. off %-ll look like a walking barber-s pole 6o .ou know that that (ilbert of .ours has been elected &aptain of the Freshman football team@" ""es, he told us so last evening," said 1riscilla, seeing that outraged Anne would not answer "0e and &harlie were down 4e knew the. were coming, so we painstakingl. put out of sight or out of reach all 8iss Ada-s cushions That ver. elaborate one with the raised embroider. % dropped on the floor in the corner behind the chair it was on % thought it would be safe there <ut would .ou believe it@ &harlie #loane made for that chair, noticed the cushion behind it, solemnl. fished it up, and sat on it the whole evening #uch a wreck of a cushion as it was? 1oor 8iss Ada asked me toda., still smiling, but oh, so reproachfull., wh. % had allowed it to be sat upon % told her % hadn-t!! that it was a matter of predestination coupled with inveterate #loanishness and % wasn-t a match for both combined " "8iss Ada-s cushions are reall. getting on m. nerves," said Anne "#he finished two new ones last week, stuffed and embroidered within an inch of their lives There being absolutel. no other cushionless place to put them she stood them up against the wall on the stair landing The. topple over half the time and if we come up or down the stairs in the dark we fall over them Last #unda., when 6r 6avis pra.ed for all those eAposed to the perils of the sea, % added in thought -and for all those who live in houses where cushions are loved not wisel. but too well?- There? we-re read., and % see the bo.s coming through $ld #t 9ohn-s 6o .ou cast in .our lot with us, 1hil@" "%-ll go, if % can walk with 1riscilla and &harlie That will be a bearable degree of gooseberr. That (ilbert of .ours is a darling, Anne, but wh. does he go around so much with (oggle!e.es@"
Anne stiffened #he had no great liking for &harlie #loane> but he was of Avonlea, so no outsider had an. business to laugh at him "&harlie and (ilbert have alwa.s been friends," she said coldl. "&harlie is a nice bo. 0e-s not to blame for his e.es " "6on-t tell me that? 0e is? 0e must have done something dreadful in a previous eAistence to be punished with such e.es 1ris and % are going to have such sport with him this afternoon 4e-ll make fun of him to his face and he-ll never know it " 6oubtless, "the abandoned 1-s," as Anne called them, did carr. out their amiable intentions <ut #loane was blissfull. ignorant> he thought he was quite a fine fellow to be walking with two such coeds, especiall. 1hilippa (ordon, the class beaut. and belle %t must surel. impress Anne #he would see that some people appreciated him at his real value (ilbert and Anne loitered a little behind the others, en7o.ing the calm, still beaut. of the autumn afternoon under the pines of the park, on the road that climbed and twisted round the harbor shore "The silence here is like a pra.er, isn-t it@" said Anne, her face upturned to the shining sk. "0ow % love the pines? The. seem to strike their roots deep into the romance of all the ages %t is so comforting to creep awa. now and then for a good talk with them % alwa.s feel so happ. out here " "-And so in mountain solitudes o-ertaken As b. some spell divine, Their cares drop from them like the needles shaken From out the gust. pine,-" quoted (ilbert "The. make our little ambitions seem rather pett., don-t the., Anne@" "% think, if ever an. great sorrow came to me, % would come to the pines for comfort," said Anne dreamil. "% hope no great sorrow ever will come to .ou, Anne," said (ilbert, who could not connect the idea of sorrow with the vivid, 7o.ous creature beside him, unwitting that those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths, and that the natures which en7o. most keenl. are those which also suffer most sharpl. "<ut there must!!sometime," mused Anne "Life seems like a cup of glor. held to m. lips 7ust now <ut there must be some bitterness in itBthere is in ever. cup % shall taste mine some da. 4ell, % hope % shall be strong and brave to meet it And % hope it won-t be through m. own fault that it will come 6o .ou remember what 6r 6avis said last #unda. evening!!that the sorrows (od sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through foll. or wickedness, were b. far the hardest to bear@ <ut we mustn-t talk of sorrow on an afternoon like this %t-s meant for the sheer 7o. of living, isn-t it@" "%f % had m. wa. %-d shut ever.thing out of .our life but happiness and pleasure, Anne," said (ilbert in the tone that meant "danger ahead " "Then .ou would be ver. unwise," re7oined Anne hastil. "%-m sure no life can be properl. developed and rounded out without some trial and sorrow!!though % suppose it is onl. when we are prett. comfortable that we admit it &ome!!the others have got to the pavilion and are beckoning to us " The. all sat down in the little pavilion to watch an autumn sunset of deep red fire and pallid gold
To their left la. :ingsport, its roofs and spires dim in their shroud of violet smoke To their right la. the harbor, taking on tints of rose and copper as it stretched out into the sunset <efore them the water shimmered, satin smooth and silver gra., and be.ond, clean shaven 4illiam-s %sland loomed out of the mist, guarding the town like a sturd. bulldog %ts lighthouse beacon flared through the mist like a baleful star, and was answered b. another in the far hori=on "6id .ou ever see such a strong!looking place@" asked 1hilippa "% don-t want 4illiam-s %sland especiall., but %-m sure % couldn-t get it if % did Look at that sentr. on the summit of the fort, right beside the flag 6oesn-t he look as if he had stepped out of a romance@" "#peaking of romance," said 1riscilla, "we-ve been looking for heather!!but, of course, we couldn-t find an. %t-s too late in the season, % suppose " "0eather?" eAclaimed Anne "0eather doesn-t grow in America, does it@" "There are 7ust two patches of it in the whole continent," said 1hil, "one right here in the park, and one somewhere else in Nova #cotia, % forget where The famous 0ighland 5egiment, the <lack 4atch, camped here one .ear, and, when the men shook out the straw of their beds in the spring, some seeds of heather took root " "$h, how delightful?" said enchanted Anne "Let-s go home around b. #pofford Avenue," suggested (ilbert "4e can see all -the handsome houses where the wealth. nobles dwell - #pofford Avenue is the finest residential street in :ingsport Nobod. can build on it unless he-s a millionaire " "$h, do," said 1hil "There-s a perfectl. killing little place % want to show .ou, Anne %T wasn-t built b. a millionaire %t-s the first place after .ou leave the park, and must have grown while #pofford Avenue was still a countr. road %t 6%6 grow!!it wasn-t built? % don-t care for the houses on the Avenue The.-re too brand new and plateglass. <ut this little spot is a dream!!and its name!!but wait till .ou see it " The. saw it as the. walked up the pine!fringed hill from the park 9ust on the crest, where #pofford Avenue petered out into a plain road, was a little white frame house with groups of pines on either side of it, stretching their arms protectingl. over its low roof %t was covered with red and gold vines, through which its green!shuttered windows peeped <efore it was a tin. garden, surrounded b. a low stone wall $ctober though it was, the garden was still ver. sweet with dear, old! fashioned, unworldl. flowers and shrubs!!sweet ma., southern!wood, lemon verbena, al.ssum, petunias, marigolds and chr.santhemums A tin. brick wall, in herring!bone pattern, led from the gate to the front porch The whole place might have been transplanted from some remote countr. village> .et there was something about it that made its nearest neighbor, the big lawn!encircled palace of a tobacco king, look eAceedingl. crude and show. and ill!bred b. contrast As 1hil said, it was the difference between being born and being made "%t-s the dearest place % ever saw," said Anne delightedl. "%t gives me one of m. old, delightful funn. aches %t-s dearer and quainter than even 8iss Lavendar-s stone house " "%t-s the name % want .ou to notice especiall.," said 1hil "LookBin white letters, around the archwa. over the gate -1att.-s 1lace - %sn-t that killing@ Especiall. on this Avenue of 1inehursts and Elmwolds and &edarcrofts@ -1att.-s 1lace,- if .ou please? % adore it " "0ave .ou an. idea who 1att. is@" asked 1riscilla "1att. #pofford is the name of the old lad. who owns it, %-ve discovered #he lives there with her niece, and the.-ve lived there for hundreds of .ears, more or less!!ma.be a little less, Anne EAaggeration is merel. a flight of poetic fanc. % understand that wealth. folk have tried to bu. the lot time and again!!it-s reall. worth a small fortune now, .ou know!!but -1att.- won-t sell upon an.
consideration And there-s an apple orchard behind the house in place of a back .ard!!.ou-ll see it when we get a little past!!a real apple orchard on #pofford Avenue?" "%-m going to dream about -1att.-s 1lace- tonight," said Anne "4h., % feel as if % belonged to it % wonder if, b. an. chance, we-ll ever see the inside of it " "%t isn-t likel.," said 1riscilla Anne smiled m.steriousl. "No, it isn-t likel. <ut % believe it will happen % have a queer, creep., crawl. feeling!!.ou can call it a presentiment, if .ou like!!that -1att.-s 1lace- and % are going to be better acquainted .et "
Chapter VII Home Again
Those first three weeks at 5edmond had seemed long> but the rest of the term flew b. on wings of wind <efore the. reali=ed it the 5edmond students found themselves in the grind of &hristmas eAaminations, emerging therefrom more or less triumphantl. The honor of leading in the Freshman classes fluctuated between Anne, (ilbert and 1hilippa> 1riscilla did ver. well> &harlie #loane scraped through respectabl., and comported himself as complacentl. as if he had led in ever.thing "% can-t reall. believe that this time tomorrow %-ll be in (reen (ables," said Anne on the night before departure "<ut % shall be And .ou, 1hil, will be in <olingbroke with Alec and Alon=o " "%-m longing to see them," admitted 1hil, between the chocolate she was nibbling "The. reall. are such dear bo.s, .ou know There-s to be no end of dances and drives and general 7amborees % shall never forgive .ou, Cueen Anne, for not coming home with me for the holida.s " "-Never- means three da.s with .ou, 1hil %t was dear of .ou to ask me!!and %-d love to go to <olingbroke some da. <ut % can-t go this .ear!!% 83#T go home "ou don-t know how m. heart longs for it " ""ou won-t have much of a time," said 1hil scornfull. "There-ll be one or two quilting parties, % suppose> and all the old gossips will talk .ou over to .our face and behind .our back "ou-ll die of lonesomeness, child " "%n Avonlea@" said Anne, highl. amused "Now, if .ou-d come with me .ou-d have a perfectl. gorgeous time <olingbroke would go wild over .ou, Cueen Anne!!.our hair and .our st.le and, oh, ever.thing? "ou-re so 6%FFE5ENT "ou-d be such a successBand % would bask in reflected glor.!!-not the rose but near the rose - 6o come, after all, Anne " ""our picture of social triumphs is quite fascinating, 1hil, but %-ll paint one to offset it %-m going home to an old countr. farmhouse, once green, rather faded now, set among leafless apple orchards There is a brook below and a 6ecember fir wood be.ond, where %-ve heard harps swept b. the fingers of rain and wind There is a pond nearb. that will be gra. and brooding now There will be two oldish ladies in the house, one tall and thin, one short and fat> and there will be two twins, one a perfect model, the other what 8rs L.nde calls a -hol. terror - There will be a little room upstairs over the porch, where old dreams hang thick, and a big, fat, glorious feather bed which will almost seem the height of luAur. after a boardinghouse mattress 0ow do .ou like m. picture, 1hil@" "%t seems a ver. dull one," said 1hil, with a grimace "$h, but %-ve left out the transforming thing," said Anne softl. "There-ll be love there, 1hil!! faithful, tender love, such as %-ll never find an.where else in the world!!love that-s waiting for me That makes m. picture a masterpiece, doesn-t it, even if the colors are not ver. brilliant@" 1hil silentl. got up, tossed her boA of chocolates awa., went up to Anne, and put her arms about her "Anne, % wish % was like .ou," she said soberl. 6iana met Anne at the &armod. station the neAt night, and the. drove home together under silent, star!sown depths of sk. (reen (ables had a ver. festal appearance as the. drove up the lane There was a light in ever. window, the glow breaking out through the darkness like flame!red blossoms swung against the dark background of the 0aunted 4ood And in the .ard was a brave bonfire with two ga. little figures dancing around it, one of which gave an unearthl. .ell as the bugg. turned in
under the poplars "6av. means that for an %ndian war!whoop," said 6iana "8r 0arrison-s hired bo. taught it to him, and he-s been practicing it up to welcome .ou with 8rs L.nde sa.s it has worn her nerves to a fra==le 0e creeps up behind her, .ou know, and then lets go 0e was determined to have a bonfire for .ou, too 0e-s been piling up branches for a fortnight and pestering 8arilla to be let pour some kerosene oil over it before setting it on fire % guess she did, b. the smell, though 8rs L.nde said up to the last that 6av. would blow himself and ever.bod. else up if he was let " Anne was out of the bugg. b. this time, and 6av. was rapturousl. hugging her knees, while even 6ora was clinging to her hand "%sn-t that a bull. bonfire, Anne@ 9ust let me show .ou how to poke it!!see the sparks@ % did it for .ou, Anne, -cause % was so glad .ou were coming home " The kitchen door opened and 8arilla-s spare form darkened against the inner light #he preferred to meet Anne in the shadows, for she was horribl. afraid that she was going to cr. with 7o.!!she, stern, repressed 8arilla, who thought all displa. of deep emotion unseeml. 8rs L.nde was behind her, sons., kindl., matronl., as of .ore The love that Anne had told 1hil was waiting for her surrounded her and enfolded her with its blessing and its sweetness Nothing, after all, could compare with old ties, old friends, and old (reen (ables? 0ow starr. Anne-s e.es were as the. sat down to the loaded supper table, how pink her cheeks, how silver!clear her laughter? And 6iana was going to sta. all night, too 0ow like the dear old times it was? And the rose!bud tea!set graced the table? 4ith 8arilla the force of nature could no further go "% suppose .ou and 6iana will now proceed to talk all night," said 8arilla sarcasticall., as the girls went upstairs 8arilla was alwa.s sarcastic after an. self!betra.al ""es," agreed Anne gail., "but %-m going to put 6av. to bed first 0e insists on that " ""ou bet," said 6av., as the. went along the hall "% want somebod. to sa. m. pra.ers to again %t-s no fun sa.ing them alone " ""ou don-t sa. them alone, 6av. (od is alwa.s with .ou to hear .ou " "4ell, % can-t see 0im," ob7ected 6av. "% want to pra. to somebod. % can see, but % 4$N-T sa. them to 8rs L.nde or 8arilla, there now?" Nevertheless, when 6av. was garbed in his gra. flannel night., he did not seem in a hurr. to begin 0e stood before Anne, shuffling one bare foot over the other, and looked undecided "&ome, dear, kneel down," said Anne 6av. came and buried his head in Anne-s lap, but he did not kneel down "Anne," he said in a muffled voice "% don-t feel like pra.ing after all % haven-t felt like it for a week now %!!% 6%6N-T pra. last night nor the night before " "4h. not, 6av.@" asked Anne gentl. ""ou!!.ou won-t be mad if % tell .ou@" implored 6av. Anne lifted the little gra.!flannelled bod. on her knee and cuddled his head on her arm "6o % ever get -mad- when .ou tell me things, 6av.@" "No!o!o, .ou never do <ut .ou get sorr., and that-s worse "ou-ll be awful sorr. when % tell .ou this, Anne!!and .ou-ll be -shamed of me, % s-pose " "0ave .ou done something naught., 6av., and is that wh. .ou can-t sa. .our pra.ers@"
"No, % haven-t done an.thing naught.!!.et <ut % want to do it " "4hat is it, 6av.@" "%!!% want to sa. a bad word, Anne," blurted out 6av., with a desperate effort "% heard 8r 0arrison-s hired bo. sa. it one da. last week, and ever since %-ve been wanting to sa. it ALL the time!!even when %-m sa.ing m. pra.ers " "#a. it then, 6av. " 6av. lifted his flushed face in ama=ement "<ut, Anne, it-s an A4F3L bad word " "#A" %T?" 6av. gave her another incredulous look, then in a low voice he said the dreadful word The neAt minute his face was burrowing against her "$h, Anne, %-ll never sa. it again!!never %-ll never 4ANT to sa. it again % knew it was bad, but % didn-t s-pose it was so!!so!!% didn-t s-pose it was like T0AT " "No, % don-t think .ou-ll ever want to sa. it again, 6av.!!or think it, either And % wouldn-t go about much with 8r 0arrison-s hired bo. if % were .ou " "0e can make bull. war!whoops," said 6av. a little regretfull. "<ut .ou don-t want .our mind filled with bad words, do .ou, 6av.Bwords that will poison it and drive out all that is good and manl.@" "No," said 6av., owl!e.ed with introspection "Then don-t go with those people who use them And now do .ou feel as if .ou could sa. .our pra.ers, 6av.@" "$h, .es," said 6av., eagerl. wriggling down on his knees, "% can sa. them now all right % ain-t scared now to sa. -if % should die before % wake,- like % was when % was wanting to sa. that word " 1robabl. Anne and 6iana did empt. out their souls to each other that night, but no record of their confidences has been preserved The. both looked as fresh and bright!e.ed at breakfast as onl. .outh can look after unlawful hours of revelr. and confession There had been no snow up to this time, but as 6iana crossed the old log bridge on her homeward wa. the white flakes were beginning to flutter down over the fields and woods, russet and gra. in their dreamless sleep #oon the far! awa. slopes and hills were dim and wraith!like through their gau=. scarfing, as if pale autumn had flung a mist. bridal veil over her hair and was waiting for her wintr. bridegroom #o the. had a white &hristmas after all, and a ver. pleasant da. it was %n the forenoon letters and gifts came from 8iss Lavendar and 1aul> Anne opened them in the cheerful (reen (ables kitchen, which was filled with what 6av., sniffing in ecstas., called "prett. smells " "8iss Lavendar and 8r %rving are settled in their new home now," reported Anne "% am sure 8iss Lavendar is perfectl. happ.!!% know it b. the general tone of her letter!!but there-s a note from &harlotta the Fourth #he doesn-t like <oston at all, and she is fearfull. homesick 8iss Lavendar wants me to go through to Echo Lodge some da. while %-m home and light a fire to air it, and see that the cushions aren-t getting mold. % think %-ll get 6iana to go over with me neAt week, and we can spend the evening with Theodora 6iA % want to see Theodora <. the wa., is Ludovic #peed still going to see her@" "The. sa. so," said 8arilla, "and he-s likel. to continue it Folks have given up eApecting that that courtship will ever arrive an.where "
"%-d hurr. him up a bit, if % was Theodora, that-s what," said 8rs L.nde And there is not the slightest doubt but that she would There was also a characteristic scrawl from 1hilippa, full of Alec and Alon=o, what the. said and what the. did, and how the. looked when the. saw her "<ut % can-t make up m. mind .et which to marr.," wrote 1hil "% do wish .ou had come with me to decide for me #ome one will have to 4hen % saw Alec m. heart gave a great thump and % thought, -0e might be the right one - And then, when Alon=o came, thump went m. heart again #o that-s no guide, though it should be, according to all the novels %-ve ever read Now, Anne, "$35 heart wouldn-t thump for an.bod. but the genuine 1rince &harming, would it@ There must be something radicall. wrong with mine <ut %-m having a perfectl. gorgeous time 0ow % wish .ou were here? %t-s snowing toda., and %-m rapturous % was so afraid we-d have a green &hristmas and % loathe them "ou know, when &hristmas is a dirt. gra.e.!browne. affair, looking as if it had been left over a hundred .ears ago and had been in soak ever since, it is called a (5EEN &hristmas? 6on-t ask me wh. As Lord 6undrear. sa.s, -there are thome thingth no fellow can underthtand "Anne, did .ou ever get on a street car and then discover that .ou hadn-t an. mone. with .ou to pa. .our fare@ % did, the other da. %t-s quite awful % had a nickel with me when % got on the car % thought it was in the left pocket of m. coat 4hen % got settled down comfortabl. % felt for it %t wasn-t there % had a cold chill % felt in the other pocket Not there % had another chill Then % felt in a little inside pocket All in vain % had two chills at once "% took off m. gloves, laid them on the seat, and went over all m. pockets again %t was not there % stood up and shook m.self, and then looked on the floor The car was full of people, who were going home from the opera, and the. all stared at me, but % was past caring for a little thing like that "<ut % could not find m. fare % concluded % must have put it in m. mouth and swallowed it inadvertentl. "% didn-t know what to do 4ould the conductor, % wondered, stop the car and put me off in ignomin. and shame@ 4as it possible that % could convince him that % was merel. the victim of m. own absentmindedness, and not an unprincipled creature tr.ing to obtain a ride upon false pretenses@ 0ow % wished that Alec or Alon=o were there <ut the. weren-t because % wanted them %f % 0A6N-T wanted them the. would have been there b. the do=en And % couldn-t decide what to sa. to the conductor when he came around As soon as % got one sentence of eAplanation mapped out in m. mind % felt nobod. could believe it and % must compose another %t seemed there was nothing to do but trust in 1rovidence, and for all the comfort that gave me % might as well have been the old lad. who, when told b. the captain during a storm that she must put her trust in the Almight. eAclaimed, -$h, &aptain, is it as bad as that@"9ust at the conventional moment, when all hope had fled, and the conductor was holding out his boA to the passenger neAt to me, % suddenl. remembered where % had put that wretched coin of the realm % hadn-t swallowed it after all % meekl. fished it out of the indeA finger of m. glove and poked it in the boA % smiled at ever.bod. and felt that it was a beautiful world " The visit to Echo Lodge was not the least pleasant of man. pleasant holida. outings Anne and 6iana went back to it b. the old wa. of the beech woods, carr.ing a lunch basket with them Echo Lodge, which had been closed ever since 8iss Lavendar-s wedding, was briefl. thrown open to wind and sunshine once more, and firelight glimmered again in the little rooms The perfume of 8iss Lavendar-s rose bowl still filled the air %t was hardl. possible to believe that 8iss Lavendar would not come tripping in presentl., with her brown e.es a!star with welcome, and that &harlotta the Fourth, blue of bow and wide of smile, would not pop through the door 1aul, too, seemed hovering around, with his fair. fancies "%t reall. makes me feel a little bit like a ghost revisiting the old time glimpses of the moon,"
laughed Anne "Let-s go out and see if the echoes are at home <ring the old horn %t is still behind the kitchen door " The echoes were at home, over the white river, as silver!clear and multitudinous as ever> and when the. had ceased to answer the girls locked up Echo Lodge again and went awa. in the perfect half hour that follows the rose and saffron of a winter sunset
Chapter VIII Anne's First Proposal
The old .ear did not slip awa. in a green twilight, with a pink.!.ellow sunset %nstead, it went out with a wild, white bluster and blow %t was one of the nights when the storm!wind hurtles over the fro=en meadows and black hollows, and moans around the eaves like a lost creature, and drives the snow sharpl. against the shaking panes "9ust the sort of night people like to cuddle down between their blankets and count their mercies," said Anne to 9ane Andrews, who had come up to spend the afternoon and sta. all night <ut when the. were cuddled between their blankets, in Anne-s little porch room, it was not her mercies of which 9ane was thinking "Anne," she said ver. solemnl., "% want to tell .ou something 8a. %" Anne was feeling rather sleep. after the part. 5ub. (illis had given the night before #he would much rather have gone to sleep than listen to 9ane-s confidences, which she was sure would bore her #he had no prophetic inkling of what was coming 1robabl. 9ane was engaged, too> rumor averred that 5ub. (illis was engaged to the #pencervale schoolteacher, about whom all the girls were said to be quite wild "%-ll soon be the onl. fanc.!free maiden of our old quartet," thought Anne, drowsil. Aloud she said, "$f course " "Anne," said 9ane, still more solemnl., "what do .ou think of m. brother <ill.@" Anne gasped over this uneApected question, and floundered helplessl. in her thoughts (oodness, what 6%6 she think of <ill. Andrews@ #he had never thought AN"T0%N( about him!!round! faced, stupid, perpetuall. smiling, good!natured <ill. Andrews 6id AN"<$6" ever think about <ill. Andrews@ "%!!% don-t understand, 9ane," she stammered "4hat do .ou mean!!eAactl.@" "6o .ou like <ill.@" asked 9ane bluntl. "4h.!!wh.!!.es, % like him, of course," gasped Anne, wondering if she were telling the literal truth &ertainl. she did not 6%#like <ill. <ut could the indifferent tolerance with which she regarded him, when he happened to be in her range of vision, be considered positive enough for liking@ 40AT was 9ane tr.ing to elucidate@ "4ould .ou like him for a husband@" asked 9ane calml. "A husband?" Anne had been sitting up in bed, the better to wrestle with the problem of her eAact opinion of <ill. Andrews Now she fell flatl. back on her pillows, the ver. breath gone out of her "4hose husband@" ""ours, of course," answered 9ane "<ill. wants to marr. .ou 0e-s alwa.s been cra=. about .ou!! and now father has given him the upper farm in his own name and there-s nothing to prevent him from getting married <ut he-s so sh. he couldn-t ask .ou himself if .ou-d have him, so he got me to do it %-d rather not have, but he gave me no peace till % said % would, if % got a good chance 4hat do .ou think about it, Anne@" 4as it a dream@ 4as it one of those nightmare things in which .ou find .ourself engaged or married to some one .ou hate or don-t know, without the slightest idea how it ever came about@ No, she, Anne #hirle., was l.ing there, wide awake, in her own bed, and 9ane Andrews was beside her, calml. proposing for her brother <ill. Anne did not know whether she wanted to writhe or laugh>
but she could do neither, for 9ane-s feelings must not be hurt "%!!% couldn-t marr. <ill, .ou know, 9ane," she managed to gasp "4h., such an idea never occurred to me!!never?" "% don-t suppose it did," agreed 9ane "<ill. has alwa.s been far too sh. to think of courting <ut .ou might think it over, Anne <ill. is a good fellow % must sa. that, if he is m. brother 0e has no bad habits and he-s a great worker, and .ou can depend on him -A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - 0e told me to tell .ou he-d be quite willing to wait till .ou got through college, if .ou insisted, though he-d 5AT0E5 get married this spring before the planting begins 0e-d alwa.s be ver. good to .ou, %-m sure, and .ou know, Anne, %-d love to have .ou for a sister " "% can-t marr. <ill.," said Anne decidedl. #he had recovered her wits, and was even feeling a little angr. %t was all so ridiculous "There is no use thinking of it, 9ane % don-t care an.thing for him in that wa., and .ou must tell him so " "4ell, % didn-t suppose .ou would," said 9ane with a resigned sigh, feeling that she had done her best "% told <ill. % didn-t believe it was a bit of use to ask .ou, but he insisted 4ell, .ou-ve made .our decision, Anne, and % hope .ou won-t regret it " 9ane spoke rather coldl. #he had been perfectl. sure that the enamored <ill. had no chance at all of inducing Anne to marr. him Nevertheless, she felt a little resentment that Anne #hirle., who was, after all, merel. an adopted orphan, without kith or kin, should refuse her brother!!one of the Avonlea Andrews 4ell, pride sometimes goes before a fall, 9ane reflected ominousl. Anne permitted herself to smile in the darkness over the idea that she might ever regret not marr.ing <ill. Andrews "% hope <ill. won-t feel ver. badl. over it," she said nicel. 9ane made a movement as if she were tossing her head on her pillow "$h, he won-t break his heart <ill. has too much good sense for that 0e likes Nettie <lewett prett. well, too, and mother would rather he married her than an. one #he-s such a good manager and saver % think, when <ill. is once sure .ou won-t have him, he-ll take Nettie 1lease don-t mention this to an. one, will .ou, Anne@" "&ertainl. not," said Anne, who had no desire whatever to publish abroad the fact that <ill. Andrews wanted to marr. her, preferring her, when all was said and done, to Nettie <lewett Nettie <lewett? "And now % suppose we-d better go to sleep," suggested 9ane To sleep went 9ane easil. and speedil.> but, though ver. unlike 8ac<eth in most respects, she had certainl. contrived to murder sleep for Anne That proposed!to damsel la. on a wakeful pillow until the wee sma-s, but her meditations were far from being romantic %t was not, however, until the neAt morning that she had an opportunit. to indulge in a good laugh over the whole affair 4hen 9ane had gone home!!still with a hint of frost in voice and manner because Anne had declined so ungratefull. and decidedl. the honor of an alliance with the 0ouse of AndrewsBAnne retreated to the porch room, shut the door, and had her laugh out at last "%f % could onl. share the 7oke with some one?" she thought "<ut % can-t 6iana is the onl. one %-d want to tell, and, even if % hadn-t sworn secrec. to 9ane, % can-t tell 6iana things now #he tells ever.thing to Fred!!% know she does 4ell, %-ve had m. first proposal % supposed it would come some da.!!but % certainl. never thought it would be b. proA. %t-s awfull. funn.!!and .et there-s a sting in it, too, somehow " Anne knew quite well wherein the sting consisted, though she did not put it into words #he had had
her secret dreams of the first time some one should ask her the great question And it had, in those dreams, alwa.s been ver. romantic and beautifulJ and the "some one" was to be ver. handsome and dark!e.ed and distinguished!looking and eloquent, whether he were 1rince &harming to be enraptured with ".es," or one to whom a regretful, beautifull. worded, but hopeless refusal must be given %f the latter, the refusal was to be eApressed so delicatel. that it would be neAt best thing to acceptance, and he would go awa., after kissing her hand, assuring her of his unalterable, life!long devotion And it would alwa.s be a beautiful memor., to be proud of and a little sad about, also And now, this thrilling eAperience had turned out to be merel. grotesque <ill. Andrews had got his sister to propose for him because his father had given him the upper farm> and if Anne wouldn-t "have him" Nettie <lewett would There was romance for .ou, with a vengeance? Anne laughed!! and then sighed The bloom had been brushed from one little maiden dream 4ould the painful process go on until ever.thing became prosaic and hum!drum@
Chapter I! An "nwel#ome Lo$er and a %el#ome Friend
The second term at 5edmond sped as quickl. as had the first!!"actuall. whi==ed awa.," 1hilippa said Anne en7o.ed it thoroughl. in all its phases!!the stimulating class rivalr., the making and deepening of new and helpful friendships, the ga. little social stunts, the doings of the various societies of which she was a member, the widening of hori=ons and interests #he studied hard, for she had made up her mind to win the Thorburn #cholarship in English This being won, meant that she could come back to 5edmond the neAt .ear without trenching on 8arilla-s small savings!! something Anne was determined she would not do (ilbert, too, was in full chase after a scholarship, but found plent. of time for frequent calls at Thirt.!eight, #t 9ohn-s 0e was Anne-s escort at nearl. all the college affairs, and she knew that their names were coupled in 5edmond gossip Anne raged over this but was helpless> she could not cast an old friend like (ilbert aside, especiall. when he had grown suddenl. wise and war., as behooved him in the dangerous proAimit. of more than one 5edmond .outh who would gladl. have taken his place b. the side of the slender, red!haired coed, whose gra. e.es were as alluring as stars of evening Anne was never attended b. the crowd of willing victims who hovered around 1hilippa-s conquering march through her Freshman .ear> but there was a lank., brain. Freshie, a 7oll., little, round #ophomore, and a tall, learned 9unior who all liked to call at Thirt.!eight, #t 9ohn-s, and talk over -ologies and -isms, as well as lighter sub7ects, with Anne, in the becushioned parlor of that domicile (ilbert did not love an. of them, and he was eAceedingl. careful to give none of them the advantage over him b. an. untimel. displa. of his real feelings Anne!ward To her he had become again the bo.!comrade of Avonlea da.s, and as such could hold his own against an. smitten swain who had so far entered the lists against him As a companion, Anne honestl. acknowledged nobod. could be so satisfactor. as (ilbert> she was ver. glad, so she told herself, that he had evidentl. dropped all nonsensical ideas!!though she spent considerable time secretl. wondering wh. $nl. one disagreeable incident marred that winter &harlie #loane, sitting bolt upright on 8iss Ada-s most dearl. beloved cushion, asked Anne one night if she would promise "to become 8rs &harlie #loane some da. " &oming after <ill. Andrews- proA. effort, this was not quite the shock to Anne-s romantic sensibilities that it would otherwise have been> but it was certainl. another heart! rending disillusion #he was angr., too, for she felt that she had never given &harlie the slightest encouragement to suppose such a thing possible <ut what could .ou eApect of a #loane, as 8rs 5achel L.nde would ask scornfull.@ &harlie-s whole attitude, tone, air, words, fairl. reeked with #loanishness "0e was conferring a great honor!!no doubt whatever about that And when Anne, utterl. insensible to the honor, refused him, as delicatel. and consideratel. as she could!!for even a #loane had feelings which ought not to be undul. lacerated!!#loanishness still further betra.ed itself &harlie certainl. did not take his dismissal as Anne-s imaginar. re7ected suitors did %nstead, he became angr., and showed it> he said two or three quite nast. things> Anne-s temper flashed up mutinousl. and she retorted with a cutting little speech whose keenness pierced even &harlie-s protective #loanishness and reached the quick> he caught up his hat and flung himself out of the house with a ver. red face> Anne rushed upstairs, falling twice over 8iss Ada-s cushions on the wa., and threw herself on her bed, in tears of humiliation and rage 0ad she actuall. stooped to quarrel with a #loane@ 4as it possible an.thing &harlie #loane could sa. had power to make her angr.@ $h, this was degradation, indeed!!worse even than being the rival of Nettie <lewett? "% wish % need never see the horrible creature again," she sobbed vindictivel. into her pillows #he could not avoid seeing him again, but the outraged &harlie took care that it should not be at ver. close quarters 8iss Ada-s cushions were henceforth safe from his depredations, and when he met Anne on the street, or in 5edmond-s halls, his bow was ic. in the eAtreme 5elations between
these two old schoolmates continued to be thus strained for nearl. a .ear? Then &harlie transferred his blighted affections to a round, ros., snub!nosed, blue!e.ed, little #ophomore who appreciated them as the. deserved, whereupon he forgave Anne and condescended to be civil to her again> in a patroni=ing manner intended to show her 7ust what she had lost $ne da. Anne scurried eAcitedl. into 1riscilla-s room "5ead that," she cried, tossing 1riscilla a letter "%t-s from #tella!!and she-s coming to 5edmond neAt .ear!!and what do .ou think of her idea@ % think it-s a perfectl. splendid one, if we can onl. carr. it out 6o .ou suppose we can, 1ris@" "%-ll be better able to tell .ou when % find out what it is," said 1riscilla, casting aside a (reek leAicon and taking up #tella-s letter #tella 8a.nard had been one of their chums at Cueen-s Academ. and had been teaching school ever since "<ut %-m going to give it up, Anne dear," she wrote, "and go to college neAt .ear As % took the third .ear at Cueen-s % can enter the #ophomore .ear %-m tired of teaching in a back countr. school #ome da. %-m going to write a treatise on -The Trials of a &ountr. #choolmarm - %t will be a harrowing bit of realism %t seems to be the prevailing impression that we live in clover, and have nothing to do but draw our quarter-s salar. 8. treatise shall tell the truth about us 4h., if a week should pass without some one telling me that % am doing eas. work for big pa. % would conclude that % might as well order m. ascension robe -immediatel. and to onct - -4ell, .ou get .our mone. eas.,- some rate!pa.er will tell me, condescendingl. -All .ou have to do is to sit there and hear lessons - % used to argue the matter at first, but %-m wiser now Facts are stubborn things, but as some one has wisel. said, not half so stubborn as fallacies #o % onl. smile loftil. now in eloquent silence 4h., % have nine grades in m. school and % have to teach a little of ever.thing, from investigating the interiors of earthworms to the stud. of the solar s.stem 8. .oungest pupil is four!!his mother sends him to school to -get him out of the wa.-!!and m. oldest twent.!!it -suddenl. struck him- that it would be easier to go to school and get an education than follow the plough an. longer %n the wild effort to cram all sorts of research into siA hours a da. % don-t wonder if the children feel like the little bo. who was taken to see the biograph -% have to look for what-s coming neAt before % know what went last,- he complained % feel like that m.self "And the letters % get, Anne? Tomm.-s mother writes me that Tomm. is not coming on in arithmetic as fast as she would like 0e is onl. in simple reduction .et, and 9ohnn. 9ohnson is in fractions, and 9ohnn. isn-t half as smart as her Tomm., and she can-t understand it And #us.-s father wants to know wh. #us. can-t write a letter without misspelling half the words, and 6ick-s aunt wants me to change his seat, because that bad <rown bo. he is sitting with is teaching him to sa. naught. words "As to the financial part!!but %-ll not begin on that Those whom the gods wish to destro. the. first make countr. schoolmarms? "There, % feel better, after that growl After all, %-ve en7o.ed these past two .ears <ut %-m coming to 5edmond "And now, Anne, %-ve a little plan "ou know how % loathe boarding %-ve boarded for four .ears and %-m so tired of it % don-t feel like enduring three .ears more of it "Now, wh. can-t .ou and 1riscilla and % club together, rent a little house somewhere in :ingsport, and board ourselves@ %t would be cheaper than an. other wa. $f course, we would have to have a housekeeper and % have one read. on the spot "ou-ve heard me speak of Aunt 9amesina@ #he-s the sweetest aunt that ever lived, in spite of her name #he can-t help that? #he was called 9amesina because her father, whose name was 9ames, was drowned at sea a month before she was born % alwa.s call her Aunt 9imsie 4ell, her onl. daughter has recentl. married and gone to the foreign mission field Aunt 9amesina is left alone in a great big house, and she is horribl. lonesome #he
will come to :ingsport and keep house for us if we want her, and % know .ou-ll both love her The more % think of the plan the more % like it 4e could have such good, independent times "Now, if .ou and 1riscilla agree to it, wouldn-t it be a good idea for .ou, who are on the spot, to look around and see if .ou can find a suitable house this spring@ That would be better than leaving it till the fall %f .ou could get a furnished one so much the better, but if not, we can scare up a few sticks of finiture between us and old famil. friends with attics An.how, decide as soon as .ou can and write me, so that Aunt 9amesina will know what plans to make for neAt .ear " "% think it-s a good idea," said 1riscilla "#o do %," agreed Anne delightedl. "$f course, we have a nice boardinghouse here, but, when all-s said and done, a boardinghouse isn-t home #o let-s go house!hunting at once, before eAams come on " "%-m afraid it will be hard enough to get a reall. suitable house," warned 1riscilla "6on-t eApect too much, Anne Nice houses in nice localities will probabl. be awa. be.ond our means 4e-ll likel. have to content ourselves with a shabb. little place on some street whereon live people whom to know is to be unknown, and make life inside compensate for the outside " Accordingl. the. went house!hunting, but to find 7ust what the. wanted proved even harder than 1riscilla had feared 0ouses there were galore, furnished and unfurnished> but one was too big, another too small> this one too eApensive, that one too far from 5edmond EAams were on and over> the last week of the term came and still their "house o-dreams," as Anne called it, remained a castle in the air "4e shall have to give up and wait till the fall, % suppose," said 1riscilla wearil., as the. rambled through the park on one of April-s darling da.s of bree=e and blue, when the harbor was creaming and shimmering beneath the pearl!hued mists floating over it "4e ma. find some shack to shelter us then> and if not, boardinghouses we shall have alwa.s with us " "%-m not going to worr. about it 7ust now, an.wa., and spoil this lovel. afternoon," said Anne, ga=ing around her with delight The fresh chill air was faintl. charged with the aroma of pine balsam, and the sk. above was cr.stal clear and blue!!a great inverted cup of blessing "#pring is singing in m. blood toda., and the lure of April is abroad on the air %-m seeing visions and dreaming dreams, 1ris That-s because the wind is from the west % do love the west wind %t sings of hope and gladness, doesn-t it@ 4hen the east wind blows % alwa.s think of sorrowful rain on the eaves and sad waves on a gra. shore 4hen % get old % shall have rheumatism when the wind is east " "And isn-t it 7oll. when .ou discard furs and winter garments for the first time and sall. forth, like this, in spring attire@" laughed 1riscilla "6on-t .ou feel as if .ou had been made over new@" "Ever.thing is new in the spring," said Anne "#prings themselves are alwa.s so new, too No spring is ever 7ust like an. other spring %t alwa.s has something of its own to be its own peculiar sweetness #ee how green the grass is around that little pond, and how the willow buds are bursting " "And eAams are over and gone!!the time of &onvocation will come soon!!neAt 4ednesda. This da. neAt week we-ll be home " "%-m glad," said Anne dreamil. "There are so man. things % want to do % want to sit on the back porch steps and feel the bree=e blowing down over 8r 0arrison-s fields % want to hunt ferns in the 0aunted 4ood and gather violets in ,iolet ,ale 6o .ou remember the da. of our golden picnic, 1riscilla@ % want to hear the frogs singing and the poplars whispering <ut %-ve learned to love :ingsport, too, and %-m glad %-m coming back neAt fall %f % hadn-t won the Thorburn % don-t believe % could have % &$3L6N-T take an. of 8arilla-s little hoard "
"%f we could onl. find a house?" sighed 1riscilla "Look over there at :ingsport, Anne!!houses, houses ever.where, and not one for us " "#top it, 1ris -The best is .et to be - Like the old 5oman, we-ll find a house or build one $n a da. like this there-s no such word as fail in m. bright leAicon " The. lingered in the park until sunset, living in the ama=ing miracle and glor. and wonder of the springtide> and the. went home as usual, b. wa. of #pofford Avenue, that the. might have the delight of looking at 1att.-s 1lace "% feel as if something m.sterious were going to happen right awa.!!-b. the pricking of m. thumbs,-" said Anne, as the. went up the slope "%t-s a nice stor.!bookish feeling 4h.!!wh.!!wh.? 1riscilla (rant, look over there and tell me if it-s true, or am % seein- things@" 1riscilla looked Anne-s thumbs and e.es had not deceived her $ver the arched gatewa. of 1att.-s 1lace dangled a little, modest sign %t said "To Let, Furnished %nquire 4ithin " "1riscilla," said Anne, in a whisper, "do .ou suppose it-s possible that we could rent 1att.-s 1lace@" "No, % don-t," averred 1riscilla "%t would be too good to be true Fair. tales don-t happen nowada.s % won-t hope, Anne The disappointment would be too awful to bear The.-re sure to want more for it than we can afford 5emember, it-s on #pofford Avenue " "4e must find out an.how," said Anne resolutel. "%t-s too late to call this evening, but we-ll come tomorrow $h, 1ris, if we can get this darling spot? %-ve alwa.s felt that m. fortunes were linked with 1att.-s 1lace, ever since % saw it first "
Chapter ! Patty's Pla#e
The neAt evening found them treading resolutel. the herring!bone walk through the tin. garden The April wind was filling the pine trees with its roundela., and the grove was alive with robins!! great, plump, sauc. fellows, strutting along the paths The girls rang rather timidl., and were admitted b. a grim and ancient handmaiden The door opened directl. into a large living!room, where b. a cheer. little fire sat two other ladies, both of whom were also grim and ancient EAcept that one looked to be about sevent. and the other fift., there seemed little difference between them Each had ama=ingl. big, light!blue e.es behind steel!rimmed spectacles> each wore a cap and a gra. shawl> each was knitting without haste and without rest> each rocked placidl. and looked at the girls without speaking> and 7ust behind each sat a large white china dog, with round green spots all over it, a green nose and green ears Those dogs captured Anne-s fanc. on the spot> the. seemed like the twin guardian deities of 1att.-s 1lace For a few minutes nobod. spoke The girls were too nervous to find words, and neither the ancient ladies nor the china dogs seemed conversationall. inclined Anne glanced about the room 4hat a dear place it was? Another door opened out of it directl. into the pine grove and the robins came boldl. up on the ver. step The floor was spotted with round, braided mats, such as 8arilla made at (reen (ables, but which were considered out of date ever.where else, even in Avonlea And .et here the. were on #pofford Avenue? A big, polished grandfather-s clock ticked loudl. and solemnl. in a corner There were delightful little cupboards over the mantelpiece, behind whose glass doors gleamed quaint bits of china The walls were hung with old prints and silhouettes %n one corner the stairs went up, and at the first low turn was a long window with an inviting seat %t was all 7ust as Anne had known it must be <. this time the silence had grown too dreadful, and 1riscilla nudged Anne to intimate that she must speak "4e!!we!!saw b. .our sign that this house is to let," said Anne faintl., addressing the older lad., who was evidentl. 8iss 1att. #pofford "$h, .es," said 8iss 1att. "% intended to take that sign down toda. " "Then!!then we are too late," said Anne sorrowfull. ""ou-ve let it to some one else@" "No, but we have decided not to let it at all " "$h, %-m so sorr.," eAclaimed Anne impulsivel. "% love this place so % did hope we could have got it " Then did 8iss 1att. la. down her knitting, take off her specs, rub them, put them on again, and for the first time look at Anne as at a human being The other lad. followed her eAample so perfectl. that she might as well have been a reflection in a mirror ""ou L$,E it," said 8iss 1att. with emphasis "6oes that mean that .ou reall. L$,E it@ $r that .ou merel. like the looks of it@ The girls nowada.s indulge in such eAaggerated statements that one never can tell what the. 6$ mean %t wasn-t so in m. .oung da.s T0EN a girl did not sa. she L$,E6 turnips, in 7ust the same tone as she might have said she loved her mother or her #avior " Anne-s conscience bore her up "% reall. do love it," she said gentl. "%-ve loved it ever since % saw it last fall 8. two college chums and % want to keep house neAt .ear instead of boarding, so we are looking for a little place to rent> and when % saw that this house was to let % was so happ. "
"%f .ou love it, .ou can have it," said 8iss 1att. "8aria and % decided toda. that we would not let it after all, because we did not like an. of the people who have wanted it 4e don-t 0A,E to let it 4e can afford to go to Europe even if we don-t let it %t would help us out, but not for gold will % let m. home pass into the possession of such people as have come here and looked at it "$3 are different % believe .ou do love it and will be good to it "ou can have it " "%f!!if we can afford to pa. what .ou ask for it," hesitated Anne 8iss 1att. named the amount required Anne and 1riscilla looked at each other 1riscilla shook her head "%-m afraid we can-t afford quite so much," said Anne, choking back her disappointment ""ou see, we are onl. college girls and we are poor " "4hat were .ou thinking .ou could afford@" demanded 8iss 1att., ceasing not to knit Anne named her amount 8iss 1att. nodded gravel. "That will do As % told .ou, it is not strictl. necessar. that we should let it at all 4e are not rich, but we have enough to go to Europe on % have never been in Europe in m. life, and never eApected or wanted to go <ut m. niece there, 8aria #pofford, has taken a fanc. to go Now, .ou know a .oung person like 8aria can-t go globetrotting alone " "No!!%!!% suppose not," murmured Anne, seeing that 8iss 1att. was quite solemnl. in earnest "$f course not #o % have to go along to look after her % eApect to en7o. it, too> %-m sevent. .ears old, but %-m not tired of living .et % daresa. %-d have gone to Europe before if the idea had occurred to me 4e shall be awa. for two .ears, perhaps three 4e sail in 9une and we shall send .ou the ke., and leave all in order for .ou to take possession when .ou choose 4e shall pack awa. a few things we pri=e especiall., but all the rest will be left " "4ill .ou leave the china dogs@" asked Anne timidl. "4ould .ou like me to@" "$h, indeed, .es The. are delightful " A pleased eApression came into 8iss 1att.-s face "% think a great deal of those dogs," she said proudl. "The. are over a hundred .ears old, and the. have sat on either side of this fireplace ever since m. brother Aaron brought them from London fift. .ears ago #pofford Avenue was called after m. brother Aaron " "A fine man he was," said 8iss 8aria, speaking for the first time "Ah, .ou don-t see the like of him nowada.s " "0e was a good uncle to .ou, 8aria," said 8iss 1att., with evident emotion ""ou do well to remember him " "% shall alwa.s remember him," said 8iss 8aria solemnl. "% can see him, this minute, standing there before that fire, with his hands under his coat!tails, beaming on us " 8iss 8aria took out her handkerchief and wiped her e.es> but 8iss 1att. came resolutel. back from the regions of sentiment to those of business "% shall leave the dogs where the. are, if .ou will promise to be ver. careful of them," she said "Their names are (og and 8agog (og looks to the right and 8agog to the left And there-s 7ust one thing more "ou don-t ob7ect, % hope, to this house being called 1att.-s 1lace@" "No, indeed 4e think that is one of the nicest things about it "
""ou have sense, % see," said 8iss 1att. in a tone of great satisfaction "4ould .ou believe it@ All the people who came here to rent the house wanted to know if the. couldn-t take the name off the gate during their occupation of it % told them roundl. that the name went with the house This has been 1att.-s 1lace ever since m. brother Aaron left it to me in his will, and 1att.-s 1lace it shall remain until % die and 8aria dies After that happens the neAt possessor can call it an. fool name he likes," concluded 8iss 1att., much as she might have said, "After that!!the deluge " "And now, wouldn-t .ou like to go over the house and see it all before we consider the bargain made@" Further eAploration still further delighted the girls <esides the big living!room, there was a kitchen and a small bedroom downstairs 3pstairs were three rooms, one large and two small Anne took an especial fanc. to one of the small ones, looking out into the big pines, and hoped it would be hers %t was papered in pale blue and had a little, old!time. toilet table with sconces for candles There was a diamond!paned window with a seat under the blue muslin frills that would be a satisf.ing spot for stud.ing or dreaming "%t-s all so delicious that % know we are going to wake up and find it a fleeting vision of the night," said 1riscilla as the. went awa. "8iss 1att. and 8iss 8aria are hardl. such stuff as dreams are made of," laughed Anne "&an .ou fanc. them -globe!trotting-!!especiall. in those shawls and caps@" "% suppose the.-ll take them off when the. reall. begin to trot," said 1riscilla, "but % know the.-ll take their knitting with them ever.where The. simpl. couldn-t be parted from it The. will walk about 4estminster Abbe. and knit, % feel sure 8eanwhile, Anne, we shall be living in 1att.-s 1lace!!and on #pofford Avenue % feel like a millionairess even now " "% feel like one of the morning stars that sang for 7o.," said Anne 1hil (ordon crept into Thirt.!eight, #t 9ohn-s, that night and flung herself on Anne-s bed "(irls, dear, %-m tired to death % feel like the man without a countr.!!or was it without a shadow@ % forget which An.wa., %-ve been packing up " "And % suppose .ou are worn out because .ou couldn-t decide which things to pack first, or where to put them," laughed 1riscilla "E!=ackl. And when % had got ever.thing 7ammed in somehow, and m. landlad. and her maid had both sat on it while % locked it, % discovered % had packed a whole lot of things % wanted for &onvocation at the ver. bottom % had to unlock the old thing and poke and dive into it for an hour before % fished out what % wanted % would get hold of something that felt like what % was looking for, and %-d .ank it up, and it would be something else No, Anne, % did N$T swear " "% didn-t sa. .ou did " "4ell, .ou looked it <ut % admit m. thoughts verged on the profane And % have such a cold in the head!!% can do nothing but sniffle, sigh and snee=e %sn-t that alliterative agon. for .ou@ Cueen Anne, do sa. something to cheer me up " "5emember that neAt Thursda. night, .ou-ll be back in the land of Alec and Alon=o," suggested Anne 1hil shook her head dolefull. "8ore alliteration No, % don-t want Alec and Alon=o when % have a cold in the head <ut what has happened .ou two@ Now that % look at .ou closel. .ou seem all lighted up with an internal iridescence 4h., .ou-re actuall. #0%N%N(? 4hat-s up@" "4e are going to live in 1att.-s 1lace neAt winter," said Anne triumphantl. "Live, mark .ou, not
board? 4e-ve rented it, and #tella 8a.nard is coming, and her aunt is going to keep house for us " 1hil bounced up, wiped her nose, and fell on her knees before Anne "(irls!!girls!!let me come, too $h, %-ll be so good %f there-s no room for me %-ll sleep in the little doghouse in the orchard!!%-ve seen it $nl. let me come " "(et up, .ou goose " "% won-t stir off m. marrow bones till .ou tell me % can live with .ou neAt winter " Anne and 1riscilla looked at each other Then Anne said slowl., "1hil dear, we-d love to have .ou <ut we ma. as well speak plainl. %-m poor!!1ris is poor!!#tella 8a.nard is poor!!our housekeeping will have to be ver. simple and our table plain "ou-d have to live as we would Now, .ou are rich and .our boardinghouse fare attests the fact " "$h, what do % care for that@" demanded 1hil tragicall. "<etter a dinner of herbs where .our chums are than a stalled oA in a lonel. boardinghouse 6on-t think %-m ALL stomach, girls %-ll be willing to live on bread and water!!with 7ust a LEETLE 7am!!if .ou-ll let me come " "And then," continued Anne, "there will be a good deal of work to be done #tella-s aunt can-t do it all 4e all eApect to have our chores to do Now, .ou!!" "Toil not, neither do % spin," finished 1hilippa "<ut %-ll learn to do things "ou-ll onl. have to show me once % &AN make m. own bed to begin with And remember that, though % can-t cook, % &AN keep m. temper That-s something And % NE,E5 growl about the weather That-s more $h, please, please? % never wanted an.thing so much in m. life!!and this floor is awfull. hard " "There-s 7ust one more thing," said 1riscilla resolutel. ""ou, 1hil, as all 5edmond knows, entertain callers almost ever. evening Now, at 1att.-s 1lace we can-t do that 4e have decided that we shall be at home to our friends on Frida. evenings onl. %f .ou come with us .ou-ll have to abide b. that rule " "4ell, .ou don-t think %-ll mind that, do .ou@ 4h., %-m glad of it % knew % should have had some such rule m.self, but % hadn-t enough decision to make it or stick to it 4hen % can shuffle off the responsibilit. on .ou it will be a real relief %f .ou won-t let me cast in m. lot with .ou %-ll die of the disappointment and then %-ll come back and haunt .ou %-ll camp on the ver. doorstep of 1att.-s 1lace and .ou won-t be able to go out or come in without falling over m. spook " Again Anne and 1riscilla eAchanged eloquent looks "4ell," said Anne, "of course we can-t promise to take .ou until we-ve consulted with #tella> but % don-t think she-ll ob7ect, and, as far as we are concerned, .ou ma. come and glad welcome " "%f .ou get tired of our simple life .ou can leave us, and no questions asked," added 1riscilla 1hil sprang up, hugged them both 7ubilantl., and went on her wa. re7oicing "% hope things will go right," said 1riscilla soberl. "4e must 8A:E them go right," avowed Anne "% think 1hil will fit into our -app. little -ome ver. well " "$h, 1hil-s a dear to rattle round with and be chums And, of course, the more there are of us the easier it will be on our slim purses <ut how will she be to live with@ "ou have to summer and winter with an. one before .ou know if she-s L%,A<LE or not " "$h, well, we-ll all be put to the test, as far as that goes And we must quit us like sensible folk, living and let live 1hil isn-t selfish, though she-s a little thoughtless, and % believe we will all get on
beautifull. in 1att.-s 1lace "
Chapter !I The &ound of Life
Anne was back in Avonlea with the luster of the Thorburn #cholarship on her brow 1eople told her she hadn-t changed much, in a tone which hinted the. were surprised and a little disappointed she hadn-t Avonlea had not changed, either At least, so it seemed at first <ut as Anne sat in the (reen (ables pew, on the first #unda. after her return, and looked over the congregation, she saw several little changes which, all coming home to her at once, made her reali=e that time did not quite stand still, even in Avonlea A new minister was in the pulpit %n the pews more than one familiar face was missing forever $ld "3ncle Abe," his prophes.ing over and done with, 8rs 1eter #loane, who had sighed, it was to be hoped, for the last time, Timoth. &otton, who, as 8rs 5achel L.nde said "had actuall. managed to die at last after practicing at it for twent. .ears," and old 9osiah #loane, whom nobod. knew in his coffin because he had his whiskers neatl. trimmed, were all sleeping in the little grave.ard behind the church And <ill. Andrews was married to Nettie <lewett? The. "appeared out" that #unda. 4hen <ill., beaming with pride and happiness, showed his be!plumed and be!silked bride into the 0armon Andrews- pew, Anne dropped her lids to hide her dancing e.es #he recalled the storm. winter night of the &hristmas holida.s when 9ane had proposed for <ill. 0e certainl. had not broken his heart over his re7ection Anne wondered if 9ane had also proposed to Nettie for him, or if he had mustered enough spunk to ask the fateful question himself All the Andrews famil. seemed to share in his pride and pleasure, from 8rs 0armon in the pew to 9ane in the choir 9ane had resigned from the Avonlea school and intended to go 4est in the fall "&an-t get a beau in Avonlea, that-s what," said 8rs 5achel L.nde scornfull. "#A"# she thinks she-ll have better health out 4est % never heard her health was poor before " "9ane is a nice girl," Anne had said lo.all. "#he never tried to attract attention, as some did " "$h, she never chased the bo.s, if that-s what .ou mean," said 8rs 5achel "<ut she-d like to be married, 7ust as much as an.bod., that-s what 4hat else would take her out 4est to some forsaken place whose onl. recommendation is that men are plent. and women scarce@ 6on-t .ou tell me?" <ut it was not at 9ane, Anne ga=ed that da. in disma. and surprise %t was at 5ub. (illis, who sat beside her in the choir 4hat had happened to 5ub.@ #he was even handsomer than ever> but her blue e.es were too bright and lustrous, and the color of her cheeks was hecticall. brilliant> besides, she was ver. thin> the hands that held her h.mn!book were almost transparent in their delicac. "%s 5ub. (illis ill@" Anne asked of 8rs L.nde, as the. went home from church "5ub. (illis is d.ing of galloping consumption," said 8rs L.nde bluntl. "Ever.bod. knows it eAcept herself and her FA8%L" The. won-t give in %f .ou ask T0E8, she-s perfectl. well #he hasn-t been able to teach since she had that attack of congestion in the winter, but she sa.s she-s going to teach again in the fall, and she-s after the 4hite #ands school #he-ll be in her grave, poor girl, when 4hite #ands school opens, that-s what " Anne listened in shocked silence 5ub. (illis, her old school!chum, d.ing@ &ould it be possible@ $f late .ears the. had grown apart> but the old tie of school!girl intimac. was there, and made itself felt sharpl. in the tug the news gave at Anne-s heartstrings 5ub., the brilliant, the merr., the coquettish? %t was impossible to associate the thought of her with an.thing like death #he had greeted Anne with ga. cordialit. after church, and urged her to come up the neAt evening "%-ll be awa. Tuesda. and 4ednesda. evenings," she had whispered triumphantl. "There-s a concert at &armod. and a part. at 4hite #ands 0erb #pencer-s going to take me 0e-s m. LATE#T <e sure to come up tomorrow %-m d.ing for a good talk with .ou % want to hear all about .our doings at 5edmond "
Anne knew that 5ub. meant that she wanted to tell Anne all about her own recent flirtations, but she promised to go, and 6iana offered to go with her "%-ve been wanting to go to see 5ub. for a long while," she told Anne, when the. left (reen (ables the neAt evening, "but % reall. couldn-t go alone %t-s so awful to hear 5ub. rattling on as she does, and pretending there is nothing the matter with her, even when she can hardl. speak for coughing #he-s fighting so hard for her life, and .et she hasn-t an. chance at all, the. sa. " The girls walked silentl. down the red, twilit road The robins were singing vespers in the high treetops, filling the golden air with their 7ubilant voices The silver fluting of the frogs came from marshes and ponds, over fields where seeds were beginning to stir with life and thrill to the sunshine and rain that had drifted over them The air was fragrant with the wild, sweet, wholesome smell of .oung raspberr. copses 4hite mists were hovering in the silent hollows and violet stars were shining bluel. on the brooklands "4hat a beautiful sunset," said 6iana "Look, Anne, it-s 7ust like a land in itself, isn-t it@ That long, low back of purple cloud is the shore, and the clear sk. further on is like a golden sea " "%f we could sail to it in the moonshine boat 1aul wrote of in his old composition!!.ou remember@!! how nice it would be," said Anne, rousing from her reverie "6o .ou think we could find all our .esterda.s there, 6iana!!all our old springs and blossoms@ The beds of flowers that 1aul saw there are the roses that have bloomed for us in the past@" "6on-t?" said 6iana ""ou make me feel as if we were old women with ever.thing in life behind us " "% think %-ve almost felt as if we were since % heard about poor 5ub.," said Anne "%f it is true that she is d.ing an. other sad thing might be true, too " ""ou don-t mind calling in at Elisha 4right-s for a moment, do .ou@" asked 6iana "8other asked me to leave this little dish of 7ell. for Aunt Atossa " "4ho is Aunt Atossa@" "$h, haven-t .ou heard@ #he-s 8rs #amson &oates of #pencervaleB8rs Elisha 4right-s aunt #he-s father-s aunt, too 0er husband died last winter and she was left ver. poor and lonel., so the 4rights took her to live with them 8other thought we ought to take her, but father put his foot down Live with Aunt Atossa he would not " "%s she so terrible@" asked Anne absentl. ""ou-ll probabl. see what she-s like before we can get awa.," said 6iana significantl. "Father sa.s she has a face like a hatchet!!it cuts the air <ut her tongue is sharper still " Late as it was Aunt Atossa was cutting potato sets in the 4right kitchen #he wore a faded old wrapper, and her gra. hair was decidedl. untid. Aunt Atossa did not like being "caught in a kilter," so she went out of her wa. to be disagreeable "$h, so .ou-re Anne #hirle.@" she said, when 6iana introduced Anne "%-ve heard of .ou " 0er tone implied that she had heard nothing good "8rs Andrews was telling me .ou were home #he said .ou had improved a good deal " There was no doubt Aunt Atossa thought there was plent. of room for further improvement #he ceased not from cutting sets with much energ. "%s it an. use to ask .ou to sit down@" she inquired sarcasticall. "$f course, there-s nothing ver. entertaining here for .ou The rest are all awa. "
"8other sent .ou this little pot of rhubarb 7ell.," said 6iana pleasantl. "#he made it toda. and thought .ou might like some " "$h, thanks," said Aunt Atossa sourl. "% never fanc. .our mother-s 7ell.!!she alwa.s makes it too sweet 0owever, %-ll tr. to worr. some down 8. appetite-s been dreadful poor this spring %-m far from well," continued Aunt Atossa solemnl., "but still % keep a!doing 1eople who can-t work aren-t wanted here %f it isn-t too much trouble will .ou be condescending enough to set the 7ell. in the pantr.@ %-m in a hurr. to get these spuds done tonight % suppose .ou two LA6%E# never do an.thing like this "ou-d be afraid of spoiling .our hands " "% used to cut potato sets before we rented the farm," smiled Anne "% do it .et," laughed 6iana "% cut sets three da.s last week $f course," she added teasingl., "% did m. hands up in lemon 7uice and kid gloves ever. night after it " Aunt Atossa sniffed "% suppose .ou got that notion out of some of those sill. maga=ines .ou read so man. of % wonder .our mother allows .ou <ut she alwa.s spoiled .ou 4e all thought when (eorge married her she wouldn-t be a suitable wife for him " Aunt Atossa sighed heavil., as if all forebodings upon the occasion of (eorge <arr.-s marriage had been ampl. and darkl. fulfilled "(oing, are .ou@" she inquired, as the girls rose "4ell, % suppose .ou can-t find much amusement talking to an old woman like me %t-s such a pit. the bo.s ain-t home " "4e want to run in and see 5ub. (illis a little while," eAplained 6iana "$h, an.thing does for an eAcuse, of course," said Aunt Atossa, amiabl. "9ust whip in and whip out before .ou have time to sa. how!do decentl. %t-s college airs, % s-pose "ou-d be wiser to keep awa. from 5ub. (illis The doctors sa. consumption-s catching % alwa.s knew 5ub.-d get something, gadding off to <oston last fall for a visit 1eople who ain-t content to sta. home alwa.s catch something " "1eople who don-t go visiting catch things, too #ometimes the. even die," said 6iana solemnl. "Then the. don-t have themselves to blame for it," retorted Aunt Atossa triumphantl. "% hear .ou are to be married in 9une, 6iana " "There is no truth in that report," said 6iana, blushing "4ell, don-t put it off too long," said Aunt Atossa significantl. ""ou-ll fade soon!!.ou-re all compleAion and hair And the 4rights are terrible fickle "ou ought to wear a hat, 8%## #0%5LE" "our nose is freckling scandalous 8., but .ou A5E redheaded? 4ell, % s-pose we-re all as the Lord made us? (ive 8arilla &uthbert m. respects #he-s never been to see me since % come to Avonlea, but % s-pose % oughtn-t to complain The &uthberts alwa.s did think themselves a cut higher than an. one else round here " "$h, isn-t she dreadful@" gasped 6iana, as the. escaped down the lane "#he-s worse than 8iss Eli=a Andrews," said Anne "<ut then think of living all .our life with a name like Atossa? 4ouldn-t it sour almost an. one@ #he should have tried to imagine her name was &ordelia %t might have helped her a great deal %t certainl. helped me in the da.s when % didn-t like ANNE " "9osie 1.e will be 7ust like her when she grows up," said 6iana "9osie-s mother and Aunt Atossa are cousins, .ou know $h, dear, %-m glad that-s over #he-s so malicious!!she seems to put a bad
flavor in ever.thing Father tells such a funn. stor. about her $ne time the. had a minister in #pencervale who was a ver. good, spiritual man but ver. deaf 0e couldn-t hear an. ordinar. conversation at all 4ell, the. used to have a pra.er meeting on #unda. evenings, and all the church members present would get up and pra. in turn, or sa. a few words on some <ible verse <ut one evening Aunt Atossa bounced up #he didn-t either pra. or preach %nstead, she lit into ever.bod. else in the church and gave them a fearful raking down, calling them right out b. name and telling them how the. all had behaved, and casting up all the quarrels and scandals of the past ten .ears Finall. she wound up b. sa.ing that she was disgusted with #pencervale church and she never meant to darken its door again, and she hoped a fearful 7udgment would come upon it Then she sat down out of breath, and the minister, who hadn-t heard a word she said, immediatel. remarked, in a ver. devout voice, -amen? The Lord grant our dear sister-s pra.er?- "ou ought to hear father tell the stor. " "#peaking of stories, 6iana," remarked Anne, in a significant, confidential tone, "do .ou know that latel. % have been wondering if % could write a short stor.!!a stor. that would be good enough to be published@" "4h., of course .ou could," said 6iana, after she had grasped the ama=ing suggestion ""ou used to write perfectl. thrilling stories .ears ago in our old #tor. &lub " "4ell, % hardl. meant one of that kind of stories," smiled Anne "%-ve been thinking about it a little of late, but %-m almost afraid to tr., for, if % should fail, it would be too humiliating " "% heard 1riscilla sa. once that all 8rs 8organ-s first stories were re7ected <ut %-m sure .ours wouldn-t be, Anne, for it-s likel. editors have more sense nowada.s " "8argaret <urton, one of the 9unior girls at 5edmond, wrote a stor. last winter and it was published in the &anadian 4oman % reall. do think % could write one at least as good " "And will .ou have it published in the &anadian 4oman@" "% might tr. one of the bigger maga=ines first %t all depends on what kind of a stor. % write " "4hat is it to be about@" "% don-t know .et % want to get hold of a good plot % believe this is ver. necessar. from an editor-s point of view The onl. thing %-ve settled on is the heroine-s name %t is to be A,E5%L LE#TE5 5ather prett., don-t .ou think@ 6on-t mention this to an. one, 6iana % haven-t told an.bod. but .ou and 8r 0arrison 0E wasn-t ver. encouragingBhe said there was far too much trash written nowada.s as it was, and he-d eApected something better of me, after a .ear at college " "4hat does 8r 0arrison know about it@" demanded 6iana scornfull. The. found the (illis home ga. with lights and callers Leonard :imball, of #pencervale, and 8organ <ell, of &armod., were glaring at each other across the parlor #everal merr. girls had dropped in 5ub. was dressed in white and her e.es and cheeks were ver. brilliant #he laughed and chattered incessantl., and after the other girls had gone she took Anne upstairs to displa. her new summer dresses "%-ve a blue silk to make up .et, but it-s a little heav. for summer wear % think %-ll leave it until the fall %-m going to teach in 4hite #ands, .ou know 0ow do .ou like m. hat@ That one .ou had on in church .esterda. was real dink. <ut % like something brighter for m.self 6id .ou notice those two ridiculous bo.s downstairs@ The.-ve both come determined to sit each other out % don-t care a single bit about either of them, .ou know 0erb #pencer is the one % like #ometimes % reall. do think he-s 85 5%(0T At &hristmas % thought the #pencervale schoolmaster was that <ut % found out something about him that turned me against him 0e nearl. went insane when % turned him down % wish those two bo.s hadn-t come tonight % wanted to have a nice good talk with .ou, Anne,
and tell .ou such heaps of things "ou and % were alwa.s good chums, weren-t we@" 5ub. slipped her arm about Anne-s waist with a shallow little laugh <ut 7ust for a moment their e.es met, and, behind all the luster of 5ub.-s, Anne saw something that made her heart ache "&ome up often, won-t .ou, Anne@" whispered 5ub. "&ome alone!!% want .ou " "Are .ou feeling quite well, 5ub.@" "8e? 4h., %-m perfectl. well % never felt better in m. life $f course, that congestion last winter pulled me down a little <ut 7ust see m. color % don-t look much like an invalid, %-m sure " 5ub.-s voice was almost sharp #he pulled her arm awa. from Anne, as if in resentment, and ran downstairs, where she was ga.er than ever, apparentl. so much absorbed in bantering her two swains that 6iana and Anne felt rather out of it and soon went awa.
Chapter !II 'A$eril's Atonement'
"4hat are .ou dreaming of, Anne@" The two girls were loitering one evening in a fair. hollow of the brook Ferns nodded in it, and little grasses were green, and wild pears hung finel.!scented, white curtains around it Anne roused herself from her reverie with a happ. sigh "% was thinking out m. stor., 6iana " "$h, have .ou reall. begun it@" cried 6iana, all alight with eager interest in a moment ""es, % have onl. a few pages written, but % have it all prett. well thought out %-ve had such a time to get a suitable plot None of the plots that suggested themselves suited a girl named A,E5%L " "&ouldn-t .ou have changed her name@" "No, the thing was impossible % tried to, but % couldn-t do it, an. more than % could change .ours A,E5%L was so real to me that no matter what other name % tried to give her % 7ust thought of her as A,E5%L behind it all <ut finall. % got a plot that matched her Then came the eAcitement of choosing names for all m. characters "ou have no idea how fascinating that is %-ve lain awake for hours thinking over those names The hero-s name is 1E5&E,AL 6AL5"81LE " "0ave .ou named ALL the characters@" asked 6iana wistfull. "%f .ou hadn-t % was going to ask .ou to let me name one!!7ust some unimportant person %-d feel as if % had a share in the stor. then " ""ou ma. name the little hired bo. who lived with the LE#TE5#," conceded Anne "0e is not ver. important, but he is the onl. one left unnamed " "&all him 5A"8$N6 F%TH$#<$5NE," suggested 6iana, who had a store of such names laid awa. in her memor., relics of the old "#tor. &lub," which she and Anne and 9ane Andrews and 5ub. (illis had had in their schoolda.s Anne shook her head doubtfull. "%-m afraid that is too aristocratic a name for a chore bo., 6iana % couldn-t imagine a Fit=osborne feeding pigs and picking up chips, could .ou@" 6iana didn-t see wh., if .ou had an imagination at all, .ou couldn-t stretch it to that eAtent> but probabl. Anne knew best, and the chore bo. was finall. christened 5$<E5T 5A", to be called <$<<" should occasion require "0ow much do .ou suppose .ou-ll get for it@" asked 6iana <ut Anne had not thought about this at all #he was in pursuit of fame, not filth. lucre, and her literar. dreams were as .et untainted b. mercenar. considerations ""ou-ll let me read it, won-t .ou@" pleaded 6iana "4hen it is finished %-ll read it to .ou and 8r 0arrison, and % shall want .ou to critici=e it #E,E5EL" No one else shall see it until it is published " "0ow are .ou going to end it!!happil. or unhappil.@" "%-m not sure %-d like it to end unhappil., because that would be so much more romantic <ut % understand editors have a pre7udice against sad endings % heard 1rofessor 0amilton sa. once that
nobod. but a genius should tr. to write an unhapp. ending And," concluded Anne modestl., "%-m an.thing but a genius " "$h % like happ. endings best "ou-d better let him marr. her," said 6iana, who, especiall. since her engagement to Fred, thought this was how ever. stor. should end "<ut .ou like to cr. over stories@" "$h, .es, in the middle of them <ut % like ever.thing to come right at last " "% must have one pathetic scene in it," said Anne thoughtfull. "% might let 5$<E5T 5A" be in7ured in an accident and have a death scene " "No, .ou mustn-t kill <$<<" off," declared 6iana, laughing "0e belongs to me and % want him to live and flourish :ill somebod. else if .ou have to " For the neAt fortnight Anne writhed or reveled, according to mood, in her literar. pursuits Now she would be 7ubilant over a brilliant idea, now despairing because some contrar. character would N$T behave properl. 6iana could not understand this "8A:E them do as .ou want them to," she said "% can-t," mourned Anne "Averil is such an unmanageable heroine #he 4%LL do and sa. things % never meant her to Then that spoils ever.thing that went before and % have to write it all over again " Finall., however, the stor. was finished, and Anne read it to 6iana in the seclusion of the porch gable #he had achieved her "pathetic scene" without sacrificing 5$<E5T 5A", and she kept a watchful e.e on 6iana as she read it 6iana rose to the occasion and cried properl.> but, when the end came, she looked a little disappointed "4h. did .ou kill 8A35%&E LENN$2@" she asked reproachfull. "0e was the villain," protested Anne "0e had to be punished " "% like him best of them all," said unreasonable 6iana "4ell, he-s dead, and he-ll have to sta. dead," said Anne, rather resentfull. "%f % had let him live he-d have gone on persecuting A,E5%L and 1E5&E,AL " ""es!!unless .ou had reformed him " "That wouldn-t have been romantic, and, besides, it would have made the stor. too long " "4ell, an.wa., it-s a perfectl. elegant stor., Anne, and will make .ou famous, of that %-m sure 0ave .ou got a title for it@" "$h, % decided on the title long ago % call it A,E5%L-# AT$NE8ENT 6oesn-t that sound nice and alliterative@ Now, 6iana, tell me candidl., do .ou see an. faults in m. stor.@" "4ell," hesitated 6iana, "that part where A,E5%L makes the cake doesn-t seem to me quite romantic enough to match the rest %t-s 7ust what an.bod. might do 0eroines shouldn-t do cooking, D%D think " "4h., that is where the humor comes in, and it-s one of the best parts of the whole stor.," said Anne And it ma. be stated that in this she was quite right 6iana prudentl. refrained from an. further criticism, but 8r 0arrison was much harder to please First he told her there was entirel. too much description in the stor.
"&ut out all those flower. passages," he said unfeelingl. Anne had an uncomfortable conviction that 8r 0arrison was right, and she forced herself to eApunge most of her beloved descriptions, though it took three re!writings before the stor. could be pruned down to please the fastidious 8r 0arrison "%-ve left out ALL the descriptions but the sunset," she said at last "% simpl. &$3L6N-T let it go %t was the best of them all " "%t hasn-t an.thing to do with the stor.," said 8r 0arrison, "and .ou shouldn-t have laid the scene among rich cit. people 4hat do .ou know of them@ 4h. didn-t .ou la. it right here in Avonlea!! changing the name, of course, or else 8rs 5achel L.nde would probabl. think she was the heroine " "$h, that would never have done," protested Anne "Avonlea is the dearest place in the world, but it isn-t quite romantic enough for the scene of a stor. " "% daresa. there-s been man. a romance in Avonlea!!and man. a traged., too," said 8r 0arrison dril. "<ut .our folks ain-t like real folks an.where The. talk too much and use too high!flown language There-s one place where that 6AL5"81LE chap talks even on for two pages, and never lets the girl get a word in edgewise %f he-d done that in real life she-d have pitched him " "% don-t believe it," said Anne flatl. %n her secret soul she thought that the beautiful, poetical things said to A,E5%L would win an. girl-s heart completel. <esides, it was gruesome to hear of A,E5%L, the statel., queen!like A,E5%L, "pitching" an. one A,E5%L "declined her suitors " "An.how," resumed the merciless 8r 0arrison, "% don-t see wh. 8A35%&E LENN$2 didn-t get her 0e was twice the man the other is 0e did bad things, but he did them 1erceval hadn-t time for an.thing but mooning " "8ooning " That was even worse than "pitching?" "8A35%&E LENN$2 was the villain," said Anne indignantl. "% don-t see wh. ever. one likes him better than 1E5&E,AL " "1erceval is too good 0e-s aggravating NeAt time .ou write about a hero put a little spice of human nature in him " "A,E5%L couldn-t have married 8A35%&E 0e was bad " "#he-d have reformed him "ou can reform a man> .ou can-t reform a 7ell.!fish, of course "our stor. isn-t bad!!it-s kind of interesting, %-ll admit <ut .ou-re too .oung to write a stor. that would be worth while 4ait ten .ears " Anne made up her mind that the neAt time she wrote a stor. she wouldn-t ask an.bod. to critici=e it %t was too discouraging #he would not read the stor. to (ilbert, although she told him about it "%f it is a success .ou-ll see it when it is published, (ilbert, but if it is a failure nobod. shall ever see it " 8arilla knew nothing about the venture %n imagination Anne saw herself reading a stor. out of a maga=ine to 8arilla, entrapping her into praise of it!!for in imagination all things are possible!!and then triumphantl. announcing herself the author $ne da. Anne took to the 1ost $ffice a long, bulk. envelope, addressed, with the delightful confidence of .outh and ineAperience, to the ver. biggest of the "big" maga=ines 6iana was as eAcited over it as Anne herself "0ow long do .ou suppose it will be before .ou hear from it@" she asked
"%t shouldn-t be longer than a fortnight $h, how happ. and proud % shall be if it is accepted?" "$f course it will be accepted, and the. will likel. ask .ou to send them more "ou ma. be as famous as 8rs 8organ some da., Anne, and then how proud %-ll be of knowing .ou," said 6iana, who possessed, at least, the striking merit of an unselfish admiration of the gifts and graces of her friends A week of delightful dreaming followed, and then came a bitter awakening $ne evening 6iana found Anne in the porch gable, with suspicious!looking e.es $n the table la. a long envelope and a crumpled manuscript "Anne, .our stor. hasn-t come back@" cried 6iana incredulousl. ""es, it has," said Anne shortl. "4ell, that editor must be cra=. 4hat reason did he give@" "No reason at all There is 7ust a printed slip sa.ing that it wasn-t found acceptable " "% never thought much of that maga=ine, an.wa.," said 6iana hotl. "The stories in it are not half as interesting as those in the &anadian 4oman, although it costs so much more % suppose the editor is pre7udiced against an. one who isn-t a "ankee 6on-t be discouraged, Anne 5emember how 8rs 8organ-s stories came back #end .ours to the &anadian 4oman " "% believe % will," said Anne, plucking up heart "And if it is published %-ll send that American editor a marked cop. <ut %-ll cut the sunset out % believe 8r 0arrison was right " $ut came the sunset> but in spite of this heroic mutilation the editor of the &anadian 4oman sent Averil-s Atonement back so promptl. that the indignant 6iana declared that it couldn-t have been read at all, and vowed she was going to stop her subscription immediatel. Anne took this second re7ection with the calmness of despair #he locked the stor. awa. in the garret trunk where the old #tor. &lub tales reposed> but first she .ielded to 6iana-s entreaties and gave her a cop. "This is the end of m. literar. ambitions," she said bitterl. #he never mentioned the matter to 8r 0arrison, but one evening he asked her bluntl. if her stor. had been accepted "No, the editor wouldn-t take it," she answered briefl. 8r 0arrison looked sidewise at the flushed, delicate profile "4ell, % suppose .ou-ll keep on writing them," he said encouragingl. "No, % shall never tr. to write a stor. again," declared Anne, with the hopeless finalit. of nineteen when a door is shut in its face "% wouldn-t give up altogether," said 8r 0arrison reflectivel. "%-d write a stor. once in a while, but % wouldn-t pester editors with it %-d write of people and places like % knew, and %-d make m. characters talk ever.da. English> and %-d let the sun rise and set in the usual quiet wa. without much fuss over the fact %f % had to have villains at all, %-d give them a chance, Anne!!%-d give them a chance There are some terrible bad men in the world, % suppose, but .ou-d have to go a long piece to find them!!though 8rs L.nde believes we-re all bad <ut most of us have got a little decenc. somewhere in us :eep on writing, Anne " "No %t was ver. foolish of me to attempt it 4hen %-m through 5edmond %-ll stick to teaching % can teach % can-t write stories " "%t-ll be time for .ou to be getting a husband when .ou-re through 5edmond," said 8r 0arrison "%
don-t believe in putting marr.ing off too long!!like % did " Anne got up and marched home There were times when 8r 0arrison was reall. intolerable "1itching," "mooning," and "getting a husband " $w??
Chapter !III The %ay of Transgressors
6av. and 6ora were read. for #unda. #chool The. were going alone, which did not often happen, for 8rs L.nde alwa.s attended #unda. #chool <ut 8rs L.nde had twisted her ankle and was lame, so she was sta.ing home this morning The twins were also to represent the famil. at church, for Anne had gone awa. the evening before to spend #unda. with friends in &armod., and 8arilla had one of her headaches 6av. came downstairs slowl. 6ora was waiting in the hall for him, having been made read. b. 8rs L.nde 6av. had attended to his own preparations 0e had a cent in his pocket for the #unda. #chool collection, and a five!cent piece for the church collection> he carried his <ible in one hand and his #unda. #chool quarterl. in the other> he knew his lesson and his (olden TeAt and his catechism question perfectl. 0ad he not studied them!!perforce!!in 8rs L.nde-s kitchen, all last #unda. afternoon@ 6av., therefore, should have been in a placid frame of mind As a matter of fact, despite teAt and catechism, he was inwardl. as a ravening wolf 8rs L.nde limped out of her kitchen as he 7oined 6ora "Are .ou clean@" she demanded severel. ""es!!all of me that shows," 6av. answered with a defiant scowl 8rs 5achel sighed #he had her suspicions about 6av.-s neck and ears <ut she knew that if she attempted to make a personal eAamination 6av. would likel. take to his heels and she could not pursue him toda. "4ell, be sure .ou behave .ourselves," she warned them "6on-t walk in the dust 6on-t stop in the porch to talk to the other children 6on-t squirm or wriggle in .our places 6on-t forget the (olden TeAt 6on-t lose .our collection or forget to put it in 6on-t whisper at pra.er time, and don-t forget to pa. attention to the sermon " 6av. deigned no response 0e marched awa. down the lane, followed b. the meek 6ora <ut his soul seethed within 6av. had suffered, or thought he had suffered, man. things at the hands and tongue of 8rs 5achel L.nde since she had come to (reen (ables, for 8rs L.nde could not live with an.bod., whether the. were nine or ninet., without tr.ing to bring them up properl. And it was onl. the preceding afternoon that she had interfered to influence 8arilla against allowing 6av. to go fishing with the Timoth. &ottons 6av. was still boiling over this As soon as he was out of the lane 6av. stopped and twisted his countenance into such an unearthl. and terrific contortion that 6ora, although she knew his gifts in that respect, was honestl. alarmed lesthe should never in the world be able to get it straightened out again "6arn her," eAploded 6av. "$h, 6av., don-t swear," gasped 6ora in disma. "-6arn- isn-t swearing!!not real swearing And % don-t care if it is," retorted 6av. recklessl. "4ell, if .ou 83#T sa. dreadful words don-t sa. them on #unda.," pleaded 6ora 6av. was as .et far from repentance, but in his secret soul he felt that, perhaps, he had gone a little too far "%-m going to invent a swear word of m. own," he declared "(od will punish .ou if .ou do," said 6ora solemnl.
"Then % think (od is a mean old scamp," retorted 6av. "6oesn-t 0e know a fellow must have some wa. of -spressing his feelings@" "6av.???" said 6ora #he eApected that 6av. would be struck down dead on the spot <ut nothing happened "An.wa., % ain-t going to stand an. more of 8rs L.nde-s bossing,"spluttered 6av. "Anne and 8arilla ma. have the right to boss me, but #0E hasn-t %-m going to do ever. single thing she told me not to do "ou watch me " %n grim, deliberate silence, while 6ora watched him with the fascination of horror, 6av. stepped off the green grass of the roadside, ankle deep into the fine dust which four weeks of rainless weather had made on the road, and marched along in it, shuffling his feet viciousl. until he was enveloped in a ha=. cloud "That-s the beginning," he announced triumphantl. "And %-m going to stop in the porch and talk as long as there-s an.bod. there to talkto %-m going to squirm and wriggle and whisper, and %-m going to sa. % don-t know the (olden TeAt And %-m going to throw awa. both of m. collections 5%(0T N$4 " And 6av. hurled cent and nickel over 8r <arr.-s fence with fierce delight "#atan made .ou do that," said 6ora reproachfull. "0e didn-t," cried 6av. indignantl. "% 7ust thought it out for m.self And %-ve thought of something else %-m not going to #unda. #chool or church at all %-m going up to pla. with the &ottons The. told me .esterda. the. weren-t going to #unda. #chool toda., -cause their mother was awa. and there was nobod. to make them &ome along, 6ora, we-ll have a great time " "% don-t want to go," protested 6ora ""ou-ve got to," said 6av. "%f .ou don-t come %-ll tell 8arilla that Frank <ell kissed .ou in school last 8onda. " "% couldn-t help it % didn-t know he was going to," cried 6ora, blushing scarlet "4ell, .ou didn-t slap him or seem a bit cross," retorted 6av. "%-ll tell her T0AT, too, if .ou don-t come 4e-ll take the short cut up this field " "%-m afraid of those cows," protested poor 6ora, seeing a prospect of escape "The ver. idea of .our being scared of those cows," scoffed 6av. "4h., the.-re both .ounger than .ou " "The.-re bigger," said 6ora "The. won-t hurt .ou &ome along, now This is great 4hen % grow up % ain-t going to bother going to church at all % believe % can get to heaven b. m.self " ""ou-ll go to the other place if .ou break the #abbath da.," said unhapp. 6ora, following him sorel. against her will <ut 6av. was not scared!!.et 0ell was ver. far off, and the delights of a fishing eApedition with the &ottons were ver. near 0e wished 6ora had more spunk #he kept looking back as if she were going to cr. ever. minute, and that spoiled a fellow-s fun 0ang girls, an.wa. 6av. did not sa. "darn" this time, even in thought 0e was not sorr.B.et!!that he had said it once, but it might be as well not to tempt the 3nknown 1owers too far on one da. The small &ottons were pla.ing in their back .ard, and hailed 6av.-s appearance with whoops of
delight 1ete, Tomm., Adolphus, and 8irabel &otton were all alone Their mother and older sisters were awa. 6ora was thankful 8irabel was there, at least #he had been afraid she would be alone in a crowd of bo.s 8irabel was almost as bad as a bo.!!she was so nois. and sunburned and reckless <ut at least she wore dresses "4e-ve come to go fishing," announced 6av. "4hoop," .elled the &ottons The. rushed awa. to dig worms at once, 8irabel leading the van with a tin can 6ora could have sat down and cried $h, if onl. that hateful Frank <ell had never kissed her? Then she could have defied 6av., and gone to her beloved #unda. #chool The. dared not, of course, go fishing on the pond, where the. would be seen b. people going to church The. had to resort to the brook in the woods behind the &otton house <ut it was full of trout, and the. had a glorious time that morning!!at least the &ottons certainl. had, and 6av. seemed to have it Not being entirel. bereft of prudence, he had discarded boots and stockings and borrowed Tomm. &otton-s overalls Thus accoutered, bog and marsh and undergrowth had no terrors for him 6ora was frankl. and manifestl. miserable #he followed the others in their peregrinations from pool to pool, clasping her <ible and quarterl. tightl. and thinking with bitterness of soul of her beloved class where she should be sitting that ver. moment, before a teacher she adored %nstead, here she was roaming the woods with those half!wild &ottons, tr.ing to keep her boots clean and her prett. white dress free from rents and stains 8irabel had offered the loan of an apron but 6ora had scornfull. refused The trout bit as the. alwa.s do on #unda.s %n an hour the transgressors had all the fish the. wanted, so the. returned to the house, much to 6ora-s relief #he sat priml. on a hencoop in the .ard while the others pla.ed an uproarious game of tag> and then the. all climbed to the top of the pig!house roof and cut their initials on the saddleboard The flat!roofed henhouse and a pile of straw beneath gave 6av. another inspiration The. spent a splendid half hour climbing on the roof and diving off into the straw with whoops and .ells <ut even unlawful pleasures must come to an end 4hen the rumble of wheels over the pond bridge told that people were going home from church 6av. knew the. must go 0e discarded Tomm.-s overalls, resumed his own rightful attire, and turned awa. from his string of trout with a sigh No use to think of taking them home "4ell, hadn-t we a splendid time@" he demanded defiantl., as the. went down the hill field "% hadn-t," said 6ora flatl. "And % don-t believe .ou had!!reall.!!either," she added, with a flash of insight that was not to be eApected of her "% had so," cried 6av., but in the voice of one who doth protest too much "No wonder .ou hadn-t!! 7ust sitting there like a!!like a mule " "% ain-t going to, -sociate with the &ottons," said 6ora loftil. "The &ottons are all right," retorted 6av. "And the. have far better times than we have The. do 7ust as the. please and sa. 7ust what the. like before ever.bod. D%D-m going to do that, too, after this " "There are lots of things .ou wouldn-t dare sa. before ever.bod.," averred 6ora "No, there isn-t " "There is, too 4ould .ou," demanded 6ora gravel., "would .ou sa. -tomcat- before the minister@" This was a staggerer 6av. was not prepared for such a concrete eAample of the freedom of speech <ut one did not have to be consistent with 6ora
"$f course not," he admitted sulkil. "-Tomcat- isn-t a hol. word % wouldn-t mention such an animal before a minister at all " "<ut if .ou had to@" persisted 6ora "%-d call it a Thomas puss.," said 6av. "D%D think -gentleman cat- would be more polite," reflected 6ora ""$3 thinking?" retorted 6av. with withering scorn 6av. was not feeling comfortable, though he would have died before he admitted it to 6ora Now that the eAhilaration of truant delights had died awa., his conscience was beginning to give him salutar. twinges After all, perhaps it would have been better to have gone to #unda. #chool and church 8rs L.nde might be boss.> but there was alwa.s a boA of cookies in her kitchen cupboard and she was not sting. At this inconvenient moment 6av. remembered that when he had torn his new school pants the week before, 8rs L.nde had mended them beautifull. and never said a word to 8arilla about them <ut 6av.-s cup of iniquit. was not .et full 0e was to discover that one sin demands another to cover it The. had dinner with 8rs L.nde that da., and the first thing she asked 6av. was, "4ere all .our class in #unda. #chool toda.@" ""es-m," said 6av. with a gulp "All were there!!-cept one " "6id .ou sa. .our (olden TeAt and catechism@" ""es-m " "6id .ou put .our collection in@" ""es-m " "4as 8rs 8alcolm 8ac1herson in church@" "% don-t know " This, at least, was the truth, thought wretched 6av. "4as the Ladies- Aid announced for neAt week@" ""es-m"!!quakingl. "4as pra.er!meeting@" "%!!% don-t know " ""$3 should know "ou should listen more attentivel. to the announcements 4hat was 8r 0arve.-s teAt@" 6av. took a frantic gulp of water and swallowed it and the last protest of conscience together 0e glibl. recited an old (olden TeAt learned several weeks ago Fortunatel. 8rs L.nde now stopped questioning him> but 6av. did not en7o. his dinner 0e could onl. eat one helping of pudding "4hat-s the matter with .ou@" demanded 7ustl. astonished 8rs L.nde "Are .ou sick@" "No," muttered 6av. ""ou look pale "ou-d better keep out of the sun this afternoon," admonished 8rs L.nde
"6o .ou know how man. lies .ou told 8rs L.nde@" asked 6ora reproachfull., as soon as the. were alone after dinner 6av., goaded to desperation, turned fiercel. "% don-t know and % don-t care," he said ""ou 7ust shut up, 6ora :eith " Then poor 6av. betook himself to a secluded retreat behind the woodpile to think over the wa. of transgressors (reen (ables was wrapped in darkness and silence when Anne reached home #he lost no time going to bed, for she was ver. tired and sleep. There had been several Avonlea 7ollifications the preceding week, involving rather late hours Anne-s head was hardl. on her pillow before she was half asleep> but 7ust then her door was softl. opened and a pleading voice said, "Anne " Anne sat up drowsil. "6av., is that .ou@ 4hat is the matter@" A white!clad figure flung itself across the floor and on to the bed "Anne," sobbed 6av., getting his arms about her neck "%-m awful glad .ou-re home % couldn-t go to sleep till %-d told somebod. " "Told somebod. what@" "0ow mis-rubul % am " "4h. are .ou miserable, dear@" "-&ause % was so bad toda., Anne $h, % was awful bad!!badder-n %-ve ever been .et " "4hat did .ou do@" "$h, %-m afraid to tell .ou "ou-ll never like me again, Anne % couldn-t sa. m. pra.ers tonight % couldn-t tell (od what %-d done % was -shamed to have 0im know " "<ut 0e knew an.wa., 6av. " "That-s what 6ora said <ut % thought p-raps 0e mightn-t have noticed 7ust at the time An.wa., %-d rather tell .ou first " "40AT is it .ou did@" $ut it all came in a rush "% run awa. from #unda. #chool!!and went fishing with the &ottonsBand % told ever so man. whoppers to 8rs L.nde!!oh? -most half a do=en!!and!!and!!%!!% said a swear word, Anne!!a prett. near swear word, an.how!!and % called (od names " There was silence 6av. didn-t know what to make of it 4as Anne so shocked that she never would speak to him again@ "Anne, what are .ou going to do to me@" he whispered "Nothing, dear "ou-ve been punished alread., % think " "No, % haven-t Nothing-s been done to me " ""ou-ve been ver. unhapp. ever since .ou did wrong, haven-t .ou@" ""ou bet?" said 6av. emphaticall.
"That was .our conscience punishing .ou, 6av. " "4hat-s m. conscience@ % want to know " "%t-s something in .ou, 6av., that alwa.s tells .ou when .ou are doing wrong and makes .ou unhapp. if .ou persist in doing it 0aven-t .ou noticed that@" ""es, but % didn-t know what it was % wish % didn-t have it %-d have lots more fun 4here is m. conscience, Anne@ % want to know %s it in m. stomach@" "No, it-s in .our soul," answered Anne, thankful for the darkness, since gravit. must be preserved in serious matters "% s-pose % can-t get clear of it then," said 6av. with a sigh "Are .ou going to tell 8arilla and 8rs L.nde on me, Anne@" "No, dear, %-m not going to tell an. one "ou are sorr. .ou were naught., aren-t .ou@" ""ou bet?" "And .ou-ll never be bad like that again " "No, but!!" added 6av. cautiousl., "% might be bad some other wa. " ""ou won-t sa. naught. words, or run awa. on #unda.s, or tell falsehoods to cover up .our sins@" "No %t doesn-t pa.," said 6av. "4ell, 6av., 7ust tell (od .ou are sorr. and ask 0im to forgive .ou " "0ave "$3 forgiven me, Anne@" ""es, dear " "Then," said 6av. 7o.ousl., "% don-t care much whether (od does or not " "6av.?" "$h!!%-ll ask 0im!!%-ll ask 0im," said 6av. quickl., scrambling off the bed, convinced b. Anne-s tone that he must have said something dreadful "% don-t mind asking 0im, Anne !!1lease, (od, %-m awful sorr. % behaved bad toda. and %-ll tr. to be good on #unda.s alwa.s and please forgive me !! There now, Anne " "4ell, now, run off to bed like a good bo. " "All right #a., % don-t feel mis-rubul an. more % feel fine (ood night " "(ood night " Anne slipped down on her pillows with a sigh of relief $hBhow sleep.!!she was? %n another second!! "Anne?" 6av. was back again b. her bed Anne dragged her e.es open "4hat is it now, dear@" she asked, tr.ing to keep a note of impatience out of her voice "Anne, have .ou ever noticed how 8r 0arrison spits@ 6o .ou s-pose, if % practice hard, % can learn to spit 7ust like him@" Anne sat up "6av. :eith," she said, "go straight to .our bed and don-t let me catch .ou out of it again tonight?
(o, now?" 6av. went, and stood not upon the order of his going
Chapter !IV The Summons
Anne was sitting with 5ub. (illis in the (illis- garden after the da. had crept lingeringl. through it and was gone %t had been a warm, smok. summer afternoon The world was in a splendor of out! flowering The idle valle.s were full of ha=es The woodwa.s were pranked with shadows and the fields with the purple of the asters Anne had given up a moonlight drive to the 4hite #ands beach that she might spend the evening with 5ub. #he had so spent man. evenings that summer, although she often wondered what good it did an. one, and sometimes went home deciding that she could not go again 5ub. grew paler as the summer waned> the 4hite #ands school was given up!!"her father thought it better that she shouldn-t teach till New "ear-s"!!and the fanc. work she loved oftener and oftener fell from hands grown too wear. for it <ut she was alwa.s ga., alwa.s hopeful, alwa.s chattering and whispering of her beauA, and their rivalries and despairs %t was this that made Anne-s visits hard for her 4hat had once been sill. or amusing was gruesome, now> it was death peering through a wilful mask of life "et 5ub. seemed to cling to her, and never let her go until she had promised to come again soon 8rs L.nde grumbled about Anne-s frequent visits, and declared she would catch consumption> even 8arilla was dubious "Ever. time .ou go to see 5ub. .ou come home looking tired out," she said "%t-s so ver. sad and dreadful," said Anne in a low tone "5ub. doesn-t seem to reali=e her condition in the least And .et % somehow feel she needs help!!craves it!!and % want to give it to her and can-t All the time %-m with her % feel as if % were watching her struggle with an invisible foe!!tr.ing to push it back with such feeble resistance as she has That is wh. % come home tired " <ut tonight Anne did not feel this so keenl. 5ub. was strangel. quiet #he said not a word about parties and drives and dresses and "fellows " #he la. in the hammock, with her untouched work beside her, and a white shawl wrapped about her thin shoulders 0er long .ellow braids of hair!! how Anne had envied those beautiful braids in old schoolda.s?!!la. on either side of her #he had taken the pins out!!the. made her head ache, she said The hectic flush was gone for the time, leaving her pale and childlike The moon rose in the silver. sk., empearling the clouds around her <elow, the pond shimmered in its ha=. radiance 9ust be.ond the (illis homestead was the church, with the old grave.ard beside it The moonlight shone on the white stones, bringing them out in clear!cut relief against the dark trees behind "0ow strange the grave.ard looks b. moonlight?" said 5ub. suddenl. "0ow ghostl.?" she shuddered "Anne, it won-t be long now before %-ll be l.ing over there "ou and 6iana and all the rest will be going about, full of life!!and %-ll be there!!in the old grave.ardBdead?" The surprise of it bewildered Anne For a few moments she could not speak ""ou know it-s so, don-t .ou@" said 5ub. insistentl. ""es, % know," answered Anne in a low tone "6ear 5ub., % know " "Ever.bod. knows it," said 5ub. bitterl. "% know it!!%-ve known it all summer, though % wouldn-t give in And, oh, Anne"!!she reached out and caught Anne-s hand pleadingl., impulsivel.!!"% don-t want to die %-m AF5A%6 to die " "4h. should .ou be afraid, 5ub.@" asked Anne quietl.
"<ecause!!because!!oh, %-m not afraid but that %-ll go to heaven, Anne %-m a church member <ut!! it-ll be all so different % thinkBand think!!and % get so frightened!!and!!and!!homesick 0eaven must be ver. beautiful, of course, the <ible sa.s so!!but, Anne, %T 4$N-T <E 40AT %-,E <EEN 3#E6 T$ " Through Anne-s mind drifted an intrusive recollection of a funn. stor. she had heard 1hilippa (ordon tell!!the stor. of some old man who had said ver. much the same thing about the world to come %t had sounded funn. then!!she remembered how she and 1riscilla had laughed over it <ut it did not seem in the least humorous now, coming from 5ub.-s pale, trembling lips %t was sad, tragic!!and true? 0eaven could not be what 5ub. had been used to There had been nothing in her ga., frivolous life, her shallow ideals and aspirations, to fit her for that great change, or make the life to come seem to her an.thing but alien and unreal and undesirable Anne wondered helplessl. what she could sa. that would help her &ould she sa. an.thing@ "% think, 5ub.," she began hesitatingl.!!for it was difficult for Anne to speak to an. one of the deepest thoughts of her heart, or the new ideas that had vaguel. begun to shape themselves in her mind, concerning the great m.steries of life here and hereafter, superseding her old childish conceptions, and it was hardest of all to speak of them to such as 5ub. (illis!!"% think, perhaps, we have ver. mistaken ideas about heaven!!what it is and what it holds for us % don-t think it can be so ver. different from life here as most people seem to think % believe we-ll 7ust go on living, a good deal as we live here!!and be $35#EL,E# 7ust the same!!onl. it will be easier to be good and to!!follow the highest All the hindrances and perpleAities will be taken awa., and we shall see clearl. 6on-t be afraid, 5ub. " "% can-t help it," said 5ub. pitifull. "Even if what .ou sa. about heaven is true!!and .ou can-t be sure!!it ma. be onl. that imagination of .ours!!it won-t be 93#T the same %t &AN-T be % want to go on living 0E5E %-m so .oung, Anne % haven-t had m. life %-ve fought so hard to live!!and it isn-t an. use!!% have to die!!and leave E,E5"T0%N( % care for " Anne sat in a pain that was almost intolerable #he could not tell comforting falsehoods> and all that 5ub. said was so horribl. true #he 4A# leaving ever.thing she cared for #he had laid up her treasures on earth onl.> she had lived solel. for the little things of lifeBthe things that pass!!forgetting the great things that go onward into eternit., bridging the gulf between the two lives and making of death a mere passing from one dwelling to the other!!from twilight to unclouded da. (od would take care of her there!! Anne believed!!she would learn!!but now it was no wonder her soul clung, in blind helplessness, to the onl. things she knew and loved 5ub. raised herself on her arm and lifted up her bright, beautiful blue e.es to the moonlit skies "% want to live," she said, in a trembling voice "% want to live like other girls %!!% want to be married, Anne!!and!!and!!have little children "ou know % alwa.s loved babies, Anne % couldn-t sa. this to an. one but .ou % know .ou understand And then poor 0erbBhe!!he loves me and % love him, Anne The others meant nothing to me, but 0E does!!and if % could live % would be his wife and be so happ. $h, Anne, it-s hard " 5ub. sank back on her pillows and sobbed convulsivel. Anne pressed her hand in an agon. of s.mpath.!!silent s.mpath., which perhaps helped 5ub. more than broken, imperfect words could have done> for presentl. she grew calmer and her sobs ceased "%-m glad %-ve told .ou this, Anne," she whispered "%t has helped me 7ust to sa. it all out %-ve wanted to all summer!!ever. time .ou came % wanted to talk it over with .ou!!but % &$3L6N-T %t seemed as if it would make death so #35E if % #A%6 % was going to die, or if an. one else said it or hinted it % wouldn-t sa. it, or even think it %n the da.time, when people were around me and ever.thing was cheerful, it wasn-t so hard to keep from thinking of it <ut in the night, when % couldn-t sleep!!it was so dreadful, Anne % couldn-t get awa. from it then 6eath 7ust came and stared me in the face, until % got so frightened % could have screamed "<ut .ou won-t be frightened an. more, 5ub., will .ou@ "ou-ll be brave, and believe that all is
going to be well with .ou " "%-ll tr. %-ll think over what .ou have said, and tr. to believe it And .ou-ll come up as often as .ou can, won-t .ou, Anne@" ""es, dear " "%t!!it won-t be ver. long now, Anne % feel sure of that And %-d rather have .ou than an. one else % alwa.s liked .ou best of all the girls % went to school with "ou were never 7ealous, or mean, like some of them were 1oor Em 4hite was up to see me .esterda. "ou remember Em and % were such chums for three .ears when we went to school@ And then we quarrelled the time of the school concert 4e-ve never spoken to each other since 4asn-t it sill.@ An.thing like that seems sill. N$4 <ut Em and % made up the old quarrel .esterda. #he said she-d have spoken .ears ago, onl. she thought % wouldn-t And % never spoke to her because % was sure she wouldn-t speak to me %sn-t it strange how people misunderstand each other, Anne@" "8ost of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding, % think," said Anne "% must go now, 5ub. %t-s getting late!!and .ou shouldn-t be out in the damp " ""ou-ll come up soon again " ""es, ver. soon And if there-s an.thing % can do to help .ou %-ll be so glad " "% know "ou 0A,E helped me alread. Nothing seems quite so dreadful now (ood night, Anne " "(ood night, dear " Anne walked home ver. slowl. in the moonlight The evening had changed something for her Life held a different meaning, a deeper purpose $n the surface it would go on 7ust the same> but the deeps had been stirred %t must not be with her as with poor butterfl. 5ub. 4hen she came to the end of one life it must not be to face the neAt with the shrinking terror of something wholl. different!!something for which accustomed thought and ideal and aspiration had unfitted her The little things of life, sweet and eAcellent in their place, must not be the things lived for> the highest must be sought and followed> the life of heaven must be begun here on earth That good night in the garden was for all time Anne never saw 5ub. in life again The neAt night the A , % # gave a farewell part. to 9ane Andrews before her departure for the 4est And, while light feet danced and bright e.es laughed and merr. tongues chattered, there came a summons to a soul in Avonlea that might not be disregarded or evaded The neAt morning the word went from house to house that 5ub. (illis was dead #he had died in her sleep, painlessl. and calml., and on her face was a smile!!as if, after all, death had come as a kindl. friend to lead her over the threshold, instead of the grisl. phantom she had dreaded 8rs 5achel L.nde said emphaticall. after the funeral that 5ub. (illis was the handsomest corpse she ever laid e.es on 0er loveliness, as she la., white!clad, among the delicate flowers that Anne had placed about her, was remembered and talked of for .ears in Avonlea 5ub. had alwa.s been beautiful> but her beaut. had been of the earth, earth.> it had had a certain insolent qualit. in it, as if it flaunted itself in the beholder-s e.e> spirit had never shone through it, intellect had never refined it <ut death had touched it and consecrated it, bringing out delicate modelings and purit. of outline never seen before!!doing what life and love and great sorrow and deep womanhood 7o.s might have done for 5ub. Anne, looking down through a mist of tears, at her old pla.fellow, thought she saw the face (od had meant 5ub. to have, and remembered it so alwa.s 8rs (illis called Anne aside into a vacant room before the funeral procession left the house, and gave her a small packet "% want .ou to have this," she sobbed "5ub. would have liked .ou to have it %t-s the embroidered
centerpiece she was working at %t isn-t quite finished!!the needle is sticking in it 7ust where her poor little fingers put it the last time she laid it down, the afternoon before she died " "There-s alwa.s a piece of unfinished work left," said 8rs L.nde, with tears in her e.es "<ut % suppose there-s alwa.s some one to finish it " "0ow difficult it is to reali=e that one we have alwa.s known can reall. be dead," said Anne, as she and 6iana walked home "5ub. is the first of our schoolmates to go $ne b. one, sooner or later, all the rest of us must follow " ""es, % suppose so," said 6iana uncomfortabl. #he did not want to talk of that #he would have preferred to have discussed the details of the funeral!!the splendid white velvet casket 8r (illis had insisted on having for 5ub.!!"the (illises must alwa.s make a splurge, even at funerals," quoth 8rs 5achel L.nde!!0erb #pencer-s sad face, the uncontrolled, h.steric grief of one of 5ub.-s sisters!!but Anne would not talk of these things #he seemed wrapped in a reverie in which 6iana felt lonesomel. that she had neither lot nor part "5ub. (illis was a great girl to laugh," said 6av. suddenl. "4ill she laugh as much in heaven as she did in Avonlea, Anne@ % want to know " ""es, % think she will," said Anne "$h, Anne," protested 6iana, with a rather shocked smile "4ell, wh. not, 6iana@" asked Anne seriousl. "6o .ou think we-ll never laugh in heaven@" "$h!!%!!% don-t know" floundered 6iana "%t doesn-t seem 7ust right, somehow "ou know it-s rather dreadful to laugh in church " "<ut heaven won-t be like church!!all the time," said Anne "% hope it ain-t," said 6av. emphaticall. "%f it is % don-t want to go &hurch is awful dull An.wa., % don-t mean to go for ever so long % mean to live to be a hundred .ears old, like 8r Thomas <lewett of 4hite #ands 0e sa.s he-s lived so long -cause he alwa.s smoked tobacco and it killed all the germs &an % smoke tobacco prett. soon, Anne@" "No, 6av., % hope .ou-ll never use tobacco," said Anne absentl. "4hat-ll .ou feel like if the germs kill me then@" demanded 6av.
Chapter !V A (ream Turned "pside (own
"9ust one more week and we go back to 5edmond," said Anne #he was happ. at the thought of returning to work, classes and 5edmond friends 1leasing visions were also being woven around 1att.-s 1lace There was a warm pleasant sense of home in the thought of it, even though she had never lived there <ut the summer had been a ver. happ. one, too!!a time of glad living with summer suns and skies, a time of keen delight in wholesome things> a time of renewing and deepening of old friendships> a time in which she had learned to live more nobl., to work more patientl., to pla. more heartil. "All life lessons are not learned at college," she thought "Life teaches them ever.where " <ut alas, the final week of that pleasant vacation was spoiled for Anne, b. one of those impish happenings which are like a dream turned upside down "<een writing an. more stories latel.@" inquired 8r 0arrison geniall. one evening when Anne was taking tea with him and 8rs 0arrison "No," answered Anne, rather crispl. "4ell, no offense meant 8rs 0iram #loane told me the other da. that a big envelope addressed to the 5ollings 5eliable <aking 1owder &ompan. of 8ontreal had been dropped into the post office boA a month ago, and she suspicioned that somebod. was tr.ing for the pri=e the.-d offered for the best stor. that introduced the name of their baking powder #he said it wasn-t addressed in .our writing, but % thought ma.be it was .ou " "%ndeed, no? % saw the pri=e offer, but %-d never dream of competing for it % think it would be perfectl. disgraceful to write a stor. to advertise a baking powder %t would be almost as bad as 9udson 1arker-s patent medicine fence " #o spake Anne loftil., little dreaming of the valle. of humiliation awaiting her That ver. evening 6iana popped into the porch gable, bright!e.ed and ros. cheeked, carr.ing a letter "$h, Anne, here-s a letter for .ou % was at the office, so % thought %-d bring it along 6o open it quick %f it is what % believe it is % shall 7ust be wild with delight " Anne, pu==led, opened the letter and glanced over the t.pewritten contents
8iss Anne #hirle., (reen (ables, Avonlea, 1 E %sland "6EA5 8A6A8J 4e have much pleasure in informing .ou that .our charming stor. -Averil-s Atonement- has won the pri=e of twent.!five dollars offered in our recent competition 4e enclose the check herewith 4e are arranging for the publication of the stor. in several prominent &anadian newspapers, and we also intend to have it printed in pamphlet form for distribution among our patrons Thanking .ou for the interest .ou have shown in our enterprise, we remain, ""ours ver. trul., "T0E 5$LL%N(# 5EL%A<LE "<A:%N( 1$46E5 &o "
"% don-t understand," said Anne, blankl. 6iana clapped her hands "$h, % :NE4 it would win the pri=e!!% was sure of it D%D sent .our stor. into the competition, Anne " "6iana!!<arr.?" ""es, % did," said 6iana gleefull., perching herself on the bed "4hen % saw the offer % thought of .our stor. in a minute, and at first % thought %-d ask .ou to send it in <ut then % was afraid .ou wouldn-t!!.ou had so little faith left in it #o % 7ust decided %-d send the cop. .ou gave me, and sa. nothing about it Then, if it didn-t win the pri=e, .ou-d never know and .ou wouldn-t feel badl. over it, because the stories that failed were not to be returned, and if it did .ou-d have such a delightful surprise " 6iana was not the most discerning of mortals, but 7ust at this moment it struck her that Anne was not looking eAactl. over7o.ed The surprise was there, be.ond doubt!!but where was the delight@ "4h., Anne, .ou don-t seem a bit pleased?" she eAclaimed Anne instantl. manufactured a smile and put it on "$f course % couldn-t be an.thing but pleased over .our unselfish wish to give me pleasure," she said slowl. "<ut .ou know!!%-m so ama=edB% can-t reali=e it!!and % don-t understand There wasn-t a word in m. stor. about!!about!!" Anne choked a little over the word!!"baking powder " "$h, D%D put that in," said 6iana, reassured "%t was as eas. as wink!!and of course m. eAperience in our old #tor. &lub helped me "ou know the scene where Averil makes the cake@ 4ell, % 7ust stated that she used the 5ollings 5eliable in it, and that was wh. it turned out so well> and then, in the last paragraph, where 1E5&E,AL clasps A,E5%L in his arms and sa.s, -#weetheart, the beautiful coming .ears will bring us the fulfilment of our home of dreams,- % added, -in which we will never use an. baking powder eAcept 5ollings 5eliable -" "$h," gasped poor Anne, as if some one had dashed cold water on her "And .ou-ve won the twent.!five dollars," continued 6iana 7ubilantl. "4h., % heard 1riscilla sa. once that the &anadian 4oman onl. pa.s five dollars for a stor.?" Anne held out the hateful pink slip in shaking fingers "% can-t take it!!it-s .ours b. right, 6iana "ou sent the stor. in and made the alterations %!!% would certainl. never have sent it #o .ou must take the check " "%-d like to see m.self," said 6iana scornfull. "4h., what % did wasn-t an. trouble The honor of being a friend of the pri=ewinner is enough for me 4ell, % must go % should have gone straight home from the post office for we have compan. <ut % simpl. had to come and hear the news %-m so glad for .our sake, Anne " Anne suddenl. bent forward, put her arms about 6iana, and kissed her cheek "% think .ou are the sweetest and truest friend in the world, 6iana," she said, with a little tremble in her voice, "and % assure .ou % appreciate the motive of what .ou-ve done " 6iana, pleased and embarrassed, got herself awa., and poor Anne, after flinging the innocent check into her bureau drawer as if it were blood!mone., cast herself on her bed and wept tears of shame and outraged sensibilit. $h, she could never live this down!!never?
(ilbert arrived at dusk, brimming over with congratulations, for he had called at $rchard #lope and heard the news <ut his congratulations died on his lips at sight of Anne-s face "4h., Anne, what is the matter@ % eApected to find .ou radiant over winning 5ollings 5eliable pri=e (ood for .ou?" "$h, (ilbert, not .ou," implored Anne, in an ET!T3 <53TE tone "% thought "$3 would understand &an-t .ou see how awful it is@" "% must confess % can-t 40AT is wrong@" "Ever.thing," moaned Anne "% feel as if % were disgraced forever 4hat do .ou think a mother would feel like if she found her child tattooed over with a baking powder advertisement@ % feel 7ust the same % loved m. poor little stor., and % wrote it out of the best that was in me And it is #A&5%LE(E to have it degraded to the level of a baking powder advertisement 6on-t .ou remember what 1rofessor 0amilton used to tell us in the literature class at Cueen-s@ 0e said we were never to write a word for a low or unworth. motive, but alwa.s to cling to the ver. highest ideals 4hat will he think when he hears %-ve written a stor. to advertise 5ollings 5eliable@ And, oh, when it gets out at 5edmond? Think how %-ll be teased and laughed at?" "That .ou won-t," said (ilbert, wondering uneasil. if it were that confounded 9unior-s opinion in particular over which Anne was worried "The 5eds will think 7ust as % thought!!that .ou, being like nine out of ten of us, not overburdened with worldl. wealth, had taken this wa. of earning an honest penn. to help .ourself through the .ear % don-t see that there-s an.thing low or unworth. about that, or an.thing ridiculous either $ne would rather write masterpieces of literature no doubt Bbut meanwhile board and tuition fees have to be paid " This commonsense, matter!of!fact view of the case cheered Anne a little At least it removed her dread of being laughed at, though the deeper hurt of an outraged ideal remained
Chapter !VI Ad)usted &elationships
"%t-s the homiest spot % ever saw!!it-s homier than home," avowed 1hilippa (ordon, looking about her with delighted e.es The. were all assembled at twilight in the big living!room at 1att.-s 1lace!! Anne and 1riscilla, 1hil and #tella, Aunt 9amesina, 5ust., 9oseph, the #arah!&at, and (og and 8agog The firelight shadows were dancing over the walls> the cats were purring> and a huge bowl of hothouse chr.santhemums, sent to 1hil b. one of the victims, shone through the golden gloom like cream. moons %t was three weeks since the. had considered themselves settled, and alread. all believed the eAperiment would be a success The first fortnight after their return had been a pleasantl. eAciting one> the. had been bus. setting up their household goods, organi=ing their little establishment, and ad7usting different opinions Anne was not over!sorr. to leave Avonlea when the time came to return to college The last few da.s of her vacation had not been pleasant 0er pri=e stor. had been published in the %sland papers> and 8r 4illiam <lair had, upon the counter of his store, a huge pile of pink, green and .ellow pamphlets, containing it, one of which he gave to ever. customer 0e sent a complimentar. bundle to Anne, who promptl. dropped them all in the kitchen stove 0er humiliation was the consequence of her own ideals onl., for Avonlea folks thought it quite splendid that she should have won the pri=e 0er man. friends regarded her with honest admiration> her few foes with scornful env. 9osie 1.e said she believed Anne #hirle. had 7ust copied the stor.> she was sure she remembered reading it in a paper .ears before The #loanes, who had found out or guessed that &harlie had been "turned down," said the. didn-t think it was much to be proud of> almost an. one could have done it, if she tried Aunt Atossa told Anne she was ver. sorr. to hear she had taken to writing novels> nobod. born and bred in Avonlea would do it> that was what came of adopting orphans from goodness knew where, with goodness knew what kind of parents Even 8rs 5achel L.nde was darkl. dubious about the propriet. of writing fiction, though she was almost reconciled to it b. that twent.!five dollar check "%t is perfectl. ama=ing, the price the. pa. for such lies, that-s what," she said, half!proudl., half! severel. All things considered, it was a relief when going!awa. time came And it was ver. 7oll. to be back at 5edmond, a wise, eAperienced #oph with hosts of friends to greet on the merr. opening da. 1ris and #tella and (ilbert were there, &harlie #loane, looking more important than ever a #ophomore looked before, 1hil, with the Alec!and!Alon=o question still unsettled, and 8ood. #purgeon 8ac1herson 8ood. #purgeon had been teaching school ever since leaving Cueen-s, but his mother had concluded it was high time he gave it up and turned his attention to learning how to be a minister 1oor 8ood. #purgeon fell on hard luck at the ver. beginning of his college career 0alf a do=en ruthless #ophs, who were among his fellow!boarders, swooped down upon him one night and shaved half of his head %n this guise the luckless 8ood. #purgeon had to go about until his hair grew again 0e told Anne bitterl. that there were times when he had his doubts as to whether he was reall. called to be a minister Aunt 9amesina did not come until the girls had 1att.-s 1lace read. for her 8iss 1att. had sent the ke. to Anne, with a letter in which she said (og and 8agog were packed in a boA under the spare! room bed, but might be taken out when wanted> in a postscript she added that she hoped the girls would be careful about putting up pictures The living room had been newl. papered five .ears before and she and 8iss 8aria did not want an. more holes made in that new paper than was absolutel. necessar. For the rest she trusted ever.thing to Anne 0ow those girls en7o.ed putting their nest in order? As 1hil said, it was almost as good as getting
married "ou had the fun of homemaking without the bother of a husband All brought something with them to adorn or make comfortable the little house 1ris and 1hil and #tella had knick!knacks and pictures galore, which latter the. proceeded to hang according to taste, in reckless disregard of 8iss 1att.-s new paper "4e-ll putt. the holes up when we leave, dear!!she-ll never know," the. said to protesting Anne 6iana had given Anne a pine needle cushion and 8iss Ada had given both her and 1riscilla a fearfull. and wonderfull. embroidered one 8arilla had sent a big boA of preserves, and darkl. hinted at a hamper for Thanksgiving, and 8rs L.nde gave Anne a patchwork quilt and loaned her five more ""ou take them," she said authoritativel. "The. might as well be in use as packed awa. in that trunk in the garret for moths to gnaw " No moths would ever have ventured near those quilts, for the. reeked of mothballs to such an eAtent that the. had to be hung in the orchard of 1att.-s 1lace a full fortnight before the. could be endured indoors ,eril., aristocratic #pofford Avenue had rarel. beheld such a displa. The gruff old millionaire who lived "neAt door" came over and wanted to bu. the gorgeous red and .ellow "tulip!pattern" one which 8rs 5achel had given Anne 0e said his mother used to make quilts like that, and b. 9ove, he wanted one to remind him of her Anne would not sell it, much to his disappointment, but she wrote all about it to 8rs L.nde That highl.!gratified lad. sent word back that she had one 7ust like it to spare, so the tobacco king got his quilt after all, and insisted on having it spread on his bed, to the disgust of his fashionable wife 8rs L.nde-s quilts served a ver. useful purpose that winter 1att.-s 1lace for all its man. virtues, had its faults also %t was reall. a rather cold house> and when the frost. nights came the girls were ver. glad to snuggle down under 8rs L.nde-s quilts, and hoped that the loan of them might be accounted unto her for righteousness Anne had the blue room she had coveted at sight 1riscilla and #tella had the large one 1hil was blissfull. content with the little one over the kitchen> and Aunt 9amesina was to have the downstairs one off the living!room 5ust. at first slept on the doorstep Anne, walking home from 5edmond a few da.s after her return, became aware that the people that she met surve.ed her with a covert, indulgent smile Anne wondered uneasil. what was the matter with her 4as her hat crooked@ 4as her belt loose@ &raning her head to investigate, Anne, for the first time, saw 5ust. Trotting along behind her, close to her heels, was quite the most forlorn specimen of the cat tribe she had ever beheld The animal was well past kitten!hood, lank, thin, disreputable looking 1ieces of both ears were lacking, one e.e was temporaril. out of repair, and one 7owl ludicrousl. swollen As for color, if a once black cat had been well and thoroughl. singed the result would have resembled the hue of this waif-s thin, draggled, unsightl. fur Anne "shooed," but the cat would not "shoo " As long as she stood he sat back on his haunches and ga=ed at her reproachfull. out of his one good e.e> when she resumed her walk he followed Anne resigned herself to his compan. until she reached the gate of 1att.-s 1lace, which she coldl. shut in his face, fondl. supposing she had seen the last of him <ut when, fifteen minutes later, 1hil opened the door, there sat the rust.!brown cat on the step 8ore, he promptl. darted in and sprang upon Anne-s lap with a half!pleading, half!triumphant "miaow " "Anne," said #tella severel., "do .ou own that animal@" "No, % do N$T," protested disgusted Anne "The creature followed me home from somewhere % couldn-t get rid of him 3gh, get down % like decent cats reasonabl. well> but % don-t like beasties of .our compleAion " 1uss., however, refused to get down 0e cooll. curled up in Anne-s lap and began to purr
"0e has evidentl. adopted .ou," laughed 1riscilla "% won-t <E adopted," said Anne stubbornl. "The poor creature is starving," said 1hil pit.ingl. "4h., his bones are almost coming through his skin " "4ell, %-ll give him a square meal and then he must return to whence he came," said Anne resolutel. The cat was fed and put out %n the morning he was still on the doorstep $n the doorstep he continued to sit, bolting in whenever the door was opened No coolness of welcome had the least effect on him> of nobod. save Anne did he take the least notice $ut of compassion the girls fed him> but when a week had passed the. decided that something must be done The cat-s appearance had improved 0is e.e and cheek had resumed their normal appearance> he was not quite so thin> and he had been seen washing his face "<ut for all that we can-t keep him," said #tella "Aunt 9imsie is coming neAt week and she will bring the #arah!cat with her 4e can-t keep two cats> and if we did this 5ust. &oat would fight all the time with the #arah!cat 0e-s a fighter b. nature 0e had a pitched battle last evening with the tobacco!king-s cat and routed him, horse, foot and artiller. " "4e must get rid of him," agreed Anne, looking darkl. at the sub7ect of their discussion, who was purring on the hearth rug with an air of lamb!like meekness "<ut the question is!!how@ 0ow can four unprotected females get rid of a cat who won-t be got rid of@" "4e must chloroform him," said 1hil briskl. "That is the most humane wa. " "4ho of us knows an.thing about chloroforming a cat@" demanded Anne gloomil. "% do, hone. %t-s one of m. few!!sadl. few!!useful accomplishments %-ve disposed of several at home "ou take the cat in the morning and give him a good breakfast Then .ou take an old burlap bag!!there-s one in the back porch!!put the cat on it and turn over him a wooden boA Then take a two!ounce bottle of chloroform, uncork it, and slip it under the edge of the boA 1ut a heav. weight on top of the boA and leave it till evening The cat will be dead, curled up peacefull. as if he were asleep No pain!!no struggle " "%t sounds eas.," said Anne dubiousl. "%t %# eas. 9ust leave it to me %-ll see to it," said 1hil reassuringl. Accordingl. the chloroform was procured, and the neAt morning 5ust. was lured to his doom 0e ate his breakfast, licked his chops, and climbed into Anne-s lap Anne-s heart misgave her This poor creature loved her!!trusted her 0ow could she be a part. to this destruction@ "0ere, take him," she said hastil. to 1hil "% feel like a murderess " "0e won-t suffer, .ou know," comforted 1hil, but Anne had fled The fatal deed was done in the back porch Nobod. went near it that da. <ut at dusk 1hil declared that 5ust. must be buried "1ris and #tella must dig his grave in the orchard," declared 1hil, "and Anne must come with me to lift the boA off That-s the part % alwa.s hate " The two conspirators tip!toed reluctantl. to the back porch 1hil gingerl. lifted the stone she had put on the boA #uddenl., faint but distinct, sounded an unmistakable mew under the boA "0e!!he isn-t dead," gasped Anne, sitting blankl. down on the kitchen doorstep
"0e must be," said 1hil incredulousl. Another tin. mew proved that he wasn-t The two girls stared at each other "4hat will we do@" questioned Anne "4h. in the world don-t .ou come@" demanded #tella, appearing in the doorwa. "4e-ve got the grave read. -4hat silent still and silent all@-" she quoted teasingl. "-$h, no, the voices of the dead #ound like the distant torrent-s fall,-" promptl. counter!quoted Anne, pointing solemnl. to the boA A burst of laughter broke the tension "4e must leave him here till morning," said 1hil, replacing the stone "0e hasn-t mewed for five minutes 1erhaps the mews we heard were his d.ing groan $r perhaps we merel. imagined them, under the strain of our guilt. consciences " <ut, when the boA was lifted in the morning, 5ust. bounded at one ga. leap to Anne-s shoulder where he began to lick her face affectionatel. Never was there a cat more decidedl. alive "0ere-s a knot hole in the boA," groaned 1hil "% never saw it That-s wh. he didn-t die Now, we-ve got to do it all over again " "No, we haven-t," declared Anne suddenl. "5ust. isn-t going to be killed again 0e-s m. cat!!and .ou-ve 7ust got to make the best of it " "$h, well, if .ou-ll settle with Aunt 9imsie and the #arah!cat," said #tella, with the air of one washing her hands of the whole affair From that time 5ust. was one of the famil. 0e slept o-nights on the scrubbing cushion in the back porch and lived on the fat of the land <. the time Aunt 9amesina came he was plump and gloss. and tolerabl. respectable <ut, like :ipling-s cat, he "walked b. himself " 0is paw was against ever. cat, and ever. cat-s paw against him $ne b. one he vanquished the aristocratic felines of #pofford Avenue As for human beings, he loved Anne and Anne alone Nobod. else even dared stroke him An angr. spit and something that sounded much like ver. improper language greeted an. one who did "The airs that cat puts on are perfectl. intolerable," declared #tella "0im was a nice old pussens, him was," vowed Anne, cuddling her pet defiantl. "4ell, % don-t know how he and the #arah!cat will ever make out to live together," said #tella pesimisticall. "&at!fights in the orchard o-nights are bad enough <ut cat!fights here in the livingroom are unthinkable " %n due time Aunt 9amesina arrived Anne and 1riscilla and 1hil had awaited her advent rather dubiousl.> but when Aunt 9amesina was enthroned in the rocking chair before the open fire the. figurativel. bowed down and worshipped her Aunt 9amesina was a tin. old woman with a little, softl.!triangular face, and large, soft blue e.es that were alight with unquenchable .outh, and as full of hopes as a girl-s #he had pink cheeks and snow!white hair which she wore in quaint little puffs over her ears "%t-s a ver. old!fashioned wa.," she said, knitting industriousl. at something as daint. and pink as a sunset cloud "<ut D%D am old!fashioned 8. clothes are, and it stands to reason m. opinions are, too % don-t sa. the.-re an. the better of that, mind .ou %n fact, % daresa. the.-re a good deal the worse <ut the.-ve worn nice and eas. New shoes are smarter than old ones, but the old ones are more comfortable %-m old enough to indulge m.self in the matter of shoes and opinions % mean to take it real eas. here % know .ou eApect me to look after .ou and keep .ou proper, but %-m not
going to do it "ou-re old enough to know how to behave if .ou-re ever going to be #o, as far as % am concerned," concluded Aunt 9amesina, with a twinkle in her .oung e.es, ".ou can all go to destruction in .our own wa. " "$h, will somebod. separate those cats@" pleaded #tella, shudderingl. Aunt 9amesina had brought with her not onl. the #arah!cat but 9oseph 9oseph, she eAplained, had belonged to a dear friend of hers who had gone to live in ,ancouver "#he couldn-t take 9oseph with her so she begged me to take him % reall. couldn-t refuse 0e-s a beautiful cat!!that is, his disposition is beautiful #he called him 9oseph because his coat is of man. colors " %t certainl. was 9oseph, as the disgusted #tella said, looked like a walking rag!bag %t was impossible to sa. what his ground color was 0is legs were white with black spots on them 0is back was gra. with a huge patch of .ellow on one side and a black patch on the other 0is tail was .ellow with a gra. tip $ne ear was black and one .ellow A black patch over one e.e gave him a fearfull. rakish look %n realit. he was meek and inoffensive, of a sociable disposition %n one respect, if in no other, 9oseph was like a lil. of the field 0e toiled not neither did he spin or catch mice "et #olomon in all his glor. slept not on softer cushions, or feasted more full. on fat things 9oseph and the #arah!cat arrived b. eApress in separate boAes After the. had been released and fed, 9oseph selected the cushion and corner which appealed to him, and the #arah!cat gravel. sat herself down before the fire and proceeded to wash her face #he was a large, sleek, gra.!and!white cat, with an enormous dignit. which was not at all impaired b. an. consciousness of her plebian origin #he had been given to Aunt 9amesina b. her washerwoman "0er name was #arah, so m. husband alwa.s called puss the #arah!cat," eAplained Aunt 9amesina "#he is eight .ears old, and a remarkable mouser 6on-t worr., #tella The #arah!cat NE,E5 fights and 9oseph rarel. " "The.-ll have to fight here in self!defense," said #tella At this 7uncture 5ust. arrived on the scene 0e bounded 7o.ousl. half wa. across the room before he saw the intruders Then he stopped short> his tail eApanded until it was as big as three tails The fur on his back rose up in a defiant arch> 5ust. lowered his head, uttered a fearful shriek of hatred and defiance, and launched himself at the #arah!cat The statel. animal had stopped washing her face and was looking at him curiousl. #he met his onslaught with one contemptuous sweep of her capable paw 5ust. went rolling helplessl. over on the rug> he picked himself up da=edl. 4hat sort of a cat was this who had boAed his ears@ 0e looked dubiousl. at the #arah!cat 4ould he or would he not@ The #arah!cat deliberatel. turned her back on him and resumed her toilet operations 5ust. decided that he would not 0e never did From that time on the #arah!cat ruled the roost 5ust. never again interfered with her <ut 9oseph rashl. sat up and .awned 5ust., burning to avenge his disgrace, swooped down upon him 9oseph, pacific b. nature, could fight upon occasion and fight well The result was a series of drawn battles Ever. da. 5ust. and 9oseph fought at sight Anne took 5ust.-s part and detested 9oseph #tella was in despair <ut Aunt 9amesina onl. laughed "Let them fight it out," she said tolerantl. "The.-ll make friends after a bit 9oseph needs some eAercise!!he was getting too fat And 5ust. has to learn he isn-t the onl. cat in the world " Eventuall. 9oseph and 5ust. accepted the situation and from sworn enemies became sworn friends The. slept on the same cushion with their paws about each other, and gravel. washed each other-s faces
"4e-ve all got used to each other," said 1hil "And %-ve learned how to wash dishes and sweep a floor " "<ut .ou needn-t tr. to make us believe .ou can chloroform a cat," laughed Anne "%t was all the fault of the knothole," protested 1hil "%t was a good thing the knothole was there," said Aunt 9amesina rather severel. ":ittens 0A,E to be drowned, % admit, or the world would be overrun <ut no decent, grown!up cat should be done to death!!unless he sucks eggs " ""ou wouldn-t have thought 5ust. ver. decent if .ou-d seen him when he came here," said #tella "0e positivel. looked like the $ld Nick " "% don-t believe $ld Nick can be so ver., ugl." said Aunt 9amesina reflectivel. "0e wouldn-t do so much harm if he was D%D alwa.s think of him as a rather handsome gentleman "
Chapter !VII A Letter from (a$y
"%t-s beginning to snow, girls," said 1hil, coming in one November evening, "and there are the loveliest little stars and crosses all over the garden walk % never noticed before what eAquisite things snowflakes reall. are $ne has time to notice things like that in the simple life <less .ou all for permitting me to live it %t-s reall. delightful to feel worried because butter has gone up five cents a pound " "0as it@" demanded #tella, who kept the household accounts "%t has!!and here-s .our butter %-m getting quite eApert at marketing %t-s better fun than flirting," concluded 1hil gravel. "Ever.thing is going up scandalousl.," sighed #tella "Never mind Thank goodness air and salvation are still free," said Aunt 9amesina "And so is laughter," added Anne "There-s no taA on it .et and that is well, because .ou-re all going to laugh presentl. %-m going to read .ou 6av.-s letter 0is spelling has improved immensel. this past .ear, though he is not strong on apostrophes, and he certainl. possesses the gift of writing an interesting letter Listen and laugh, before we settle down to the evening-s stud.!grind " "6ear Anne," ran 6av.-s letter, "% take m. pen to tell .ou that we are all prett. well and hope this will find .ou the same %t-s snowing some toda. and 8arilla sa.s the old woman in the sk. is shaking her feather beds %s the old woman in the sk. (od-s wife, Anne@ % want to know "8rs L.nde has been real sick but she is better now #he fell down the cellar stairs last week 4hen she fell she grabbed hold of the shelf with all the milk pails and stewpans on it, and it gave wa. and went down with her and made a splendid crash 8arilla thought it was an earthquake at first "$ne of the stewpans was all dinged up and 8rs L.nde straned her ribs The doctor came and gave her medicine to rub on her ribs but she didn-t under stand him and took it all inside instead The doctor said it was a wonder it dident kill her but it dident and it cured her ribs and 8rs L.nde sa.s doctors dont know much an.how <ut we couldent fiA up the stewpan 8arilla had to throw it out Thanksgiving was last week There was no school and we had a great dinner % et mince pie and rost turke. and frut cake and donuts and cheese and 7am and choklut cake 8arilla said %-d die but % dident 6ora had earake after it, onl. it wasent in her ears it was in her stummick % dident have earake an.where "$ur new teacher is a man 0e does things for 7okes Last week he made all us third!class bo.s write a composishun on what kind of a wife we-d like to have and the girls on what kind of a husband 0e laughed fit to kill when he read them This was mine % thought .oud like to see it "-The kind of a wife %-d like to 0ave "-#he must have good manners and get m. meals on time and do what % tell her and alwa.s be ver. polite to me #he must be fifteen .ers old #he must be good to the poor and keep her house tid. and be good tempered and go to church regularl. #he must be ver. handsome and have curl. hair %f % get a wife that is 7ust what % like %ll be an awful good husband to her % think a woman ought to be awful good to her husband #ome poor women haven-t an. husbands "-T0E EN6 -"
"% was at 8rs %saac 4rights funeral at 4hite #ands last week The husband of the corpse felt real sorr. 8rs L.nde sa.s 8rs 4rights grandfather stole a sheep but 8arilla sa.s we mustent speak ill of the dead 4h. mustent we, Anne@ % want to know %t-s prett. safe, ain-t it@ "8rs L.nde was awful mad the other da. because % asked her if she was alive in Noah-s time % dident mean to hurt her feelings % 7ust wanted to know 4as she, Anne@ "8r 0arrison wanted to get rid of his dog #o he hunged him once but he come to life and scooted for the barn while 8r 0arrison was digging the grave, so he hunged him again and he sta.ed dead that time 8r 0arrison has a new man working for him 0e-s awful okward 8r 0arrison sa.s he is left handed in both his feet 8r <arr.-s hired man is la=. 8rs <arr. sa.s that but 8r <arr. sa.s he aint la=. eAactl. onl. he thinks it easier to pra. for things than to work for them "8rs 0armon Andrews pri=e pig that she talked so much of died in a fit 8rs L.nde sa.s it was a 7udgment on her for pride <ut % think it was hard on the pig 8ilt. <oulter has been sick The doctor gave him medicine and it tasted horrid % offered to take it for him for a quarter but the <oulters are so mean 8ilt. sa.s he-d rather take it himself and save his mone. % asked 8rs <oulter how a person would go about catching a man and she got awful mad and said she dident know, shed never chased men "The A , % # is going to paint the hall again The.-re tired of having it blue "The new minister was here to tea last night 0e took three pieces of pie %f % did that 8rs L.nde would call me pigg. And he et fast and took big bites and 8arilla is alwa.s telling me not to do that 4h. can ministers do what bo.s can-t@ % want to know "% haven-t an. more news 0ere are siA kisses AAAAAA 6ora sends one 0eres hers A ""our loving friend 6A,%6 :E%T0"
"1 # Anne, who was the devils father@ % want to know "
Chapter !VIII *iss +osepine &emem,ers the Anne-girl
4hen &hristmas holida.s came the girls of 1att.-s 1lace scattered to their respective homes, but Aunt 9amesina elected to sta. where she was "% couldn-t go to an. of the places %-ve been invited and take those three cats," she said "And %-m not going to leave the poor creatures here alone for nearl. three weeks %f we had an. decent neighbors who would feed them % might, but there-s nothing eAcept millionaires on this street #o %-ll sta. here and keep 1att.-s 1lace warm for .ou " Anne went home with the usual 7o.ous anticipations!!which were not wholl. fulfilled #he found Avonlea in the grip of such an earl., cold, and storm. winter as even the "oldest inhabitant" could not recall (reen (ables was literall. hemmed in b. huge drifts Almost ever. da. of that ill!starred vacation it stormed fiercel.> and even on fine da.s it drifted unceasingl. No sooner were the roads broken than the. filled in again %t was almost impossible to stir out The A , % # tried, on three evenings, to have a part. in honor of the college students, and on each evening the storm was so wild that nobod. could go, so the. gave up the attempt in despair Anne, despite her love of and lo.alt. to (reen (ables, could not help thinking longingl. of 1att.-s 1lace, its cos. open fire, Aunt 9amesina-s mirthful e.es, the three cats, the merr. chatter of the girls, the pleasantness of Frida. evenings when college friends dropped in to talk of grave and ga. Anne was lonel.> 6iana, during the whole of the holida.s, was imprisoned at home with a bad attack of bronchitis #he could not come to (reen (ables and it was rarel. Anne could get to $rchard #lope, for the old wa. through the 0aunted 4ood was impassable with drifts, and the long wa. over the fro=en Lake of #hining 4aters was almost as bad 5ub. (illis was sleeping in the white!heaped grave.ard> 9ane Andrews was teaching a school on western prairies (ilbert, to be sure, was still faithful, and waded up to (reen (ables ever. possible evening <ut (ilbert-s visits were not what the. once were Anne almost dreaded them %t was ver. disconcerting to look up in the midst of a sudden silence and find (ilbert-s ha=el e.es fiAed upon her with a quite unmistakable eApression in their grave depths> and it was still more disconcerting to find herself blushing hotl. and uncomfortabl. under his ga=e, 7ust as if!!7ust as if!!well, it was ver. embarrassing Anne wished herself back at 1att.-s 1lace, where there was alwa.s somebod. else about to take the edge off a delicate situation At (reen (ables 8arilla went promptl. to 8rs L.nde-s domain when (ilbert came and insisted on taking the twins with her The significance of this was unmistakable and Anne was in a helpless fur. over it 6av., however, was perfectl. happ. 0e reveled in getting out in the morning and shoveling out the paths to the well and henhouse 0e gloried in the &hristmas!tide delicacies which 8arilla and 8rs L.nde vied with each other in preparing for Anne, and he was reading an enthralling tale, in a school librar. book, of a wonderful hero who seemed blessed with a miraculous facult. for getting into scrapes from which he was usuall. delivered b. an earthquake or a volcanic eAplosion, which blew him high and dr. out of his troubles, landed him in a fortune, and closed the stor. with proper E&LAT "% tell .ou it-s a bull. stor., Anne," he said ecstaticall. "%-d ever so much rather read it than the <ible " "4ould .ou@" smiled Anne 6av. peered curiousl. at her ""ou don-t seem a bit shocked, Anne 8rs L.nde was awful shocked when % said it to her " "No, %-m not shocked, 6av. % think it-s quite natural that a nine!.ear!old bo. would sooner read an
adventure stor. than the <ible <ut when .ou are older % hope and think that .ou will reali=e what a wonderful book the <ible is " "$h, % think some parts of it are fine," conceded 6av. "That stor. about 9oseph now!!it-s bull. <ut if %-d been 9oseph D%D wouldn-t have forgive the brothers No, siree, Anne %-d have cut all their heads off 8rs L.nde was awful mad when % said that and shut the <ible up and said she-d never read me an. more of it if % talked like that #o % don-t talk now when she reads it #unda. afternoons> % 7ust think things and sa. them to 8ilt. <oulter neAt da. in school % told 8ilt. the stor. about Elisha and the bears and it scared him so he-s never made fun of 8r 0arrison-s bald head once Are there an. bears on 1 E %sland, Anne@ % want to know " "Not nowada.s," said Anne, absentl., as the wind blew a scud of snow against the window "$h, dear, will it ever stop storming " "(od knows," said 6av. airil., preparing to resume his reading Anne 4A# shocked this time "6av.?" she eAclaimed reproachfull. "8rs L.nde sa.s that," protested 6av. "$ne night last week 8arilla said -4ill Ludovic #peed and Theodora 6iA E,E5 get married@" and 8rs L.nde said, "-(od knows-!!7ust like that " "4ell, it wasn-t right for her to sa. it," said Anne, promptl. deciding upon which horn of this dilemma to empale herself "%t isn-t right for an.bod. to take that name in vain or speak it lightl., 6av. 6on-t ever do it again " "Not if % sa. it slow and solemn, like the minister@" queried 6av. gravel. "No, not even then " "4ell, % won-t Ludovic #peed and Theodora 6iA live in 8iddle (rafton and 8rs 5achel sa.s he has been courting her for a hundred .ears 4on-t the. soon be too old to get married, Anne@ % hope (ilbert won-t court "$3 that long 4hen are .ou going to be married, Anne@ 8rs L.nde sa.s it-s a sure thing " "8rs L.nde is a!!" began Anne hotl.> then stopped "Awful old gossip," completed 6av. calml. "That-s what ever. one calls her <ut is it a sure thing, Anne@ % want to know " ""ou-re a ver. sill. little bo., 6av.," said Anne, stalking haughtil. out of the room The kitchen was deserted and she sat down b. the window in the fast falling wintr. twilight The sun had set and the wind had died down A pale chill. moon looked out behind a bank of purple clouds in the west The sk. faded out, but the strip of .ellow along the western hori=on grew brighter and fiercer, as if all the stra. gleams of light were concentrating in one spot> the distant hills, rimmed with priest!like firs, stood out in dark distinctness against it Anne looked across the still, white fields, cold and lifeless in the harsh light of that grim sunset, and sighed #he was ver. lonel.> and she was sad at heart> for she was wondering if she would be able to return to 5edmond neAt .ear %t did not seem likel. The onl. scholarship possible in the #ophomore .ear was a ver. small affair #he would not take 8arilla-s mone.> and there seemed little prospect of being able to earn enough in the summer vacation "% suppose %-ll 7ust have to drop out neAt .ear," she thought drearil., "and teach a district school again until % earn enough to finish m. course And b. that time all m. old class will have graduated and 1att.-s 1lace will be out of the question <ut there? %-m not going to be a coward %-m thankful % can earn m. wa. through if necessar. " "0ere-s 8r 0arrison wading up the lane," announced 6av., running out "% hope he-s brought the mail %t-s three da.s since we got it % want to see what them pesk. (rits are doing %-m a
&onservative, Anne And % tell .ou, .ou have to keep .our e.e on them (rits " 8r 0arrison had brought the mail, and merr. letters from #tella and 1riscilla and 1hil soon dissipated Anne-s blues Aunt 9amesina, too, had written, sa.ing that she was keeping the hearth! fire alight, and that the cats were all well, and the house plants doing fine "The weather has been real cold," she wrote, "so % let the cats sleep in the house!!5ust. and 9oseph on the sofa in the living!room, and the #arah!cat on the foot of m. bed %t-s real compan. to hear her purring when % wake up in the night and think of m. poor daughter in the foreign field %f it was an.where but in %ndia % wouldn-t worr., but the. sa. the snakes out there are terrible %t takes all the #arah!cats-s purring to drive awa. the thought of those snakes % have enough faith for ever.thing but the snakes % can-t think wh. 1rovidence ever made them #ometimes % don-t think 0e did %-m inclined to believe the $ld 0arr. had a hand in making T0E8 " Anne had left a thin, t.pewritten communication till the last, thinking it unimportant 4hen she had read it she sat ver. still, with tears in her e.es "4hat is the matter, Anne@" asked 8arilla "8iss 9osephine <arr. is dead," said Anne, in a low tone "#o she has gone at last," said 8arilla "4ell, she has been sick for over a .ear, and the <arr.s have been eApecting to hear of her death an. time %t is well she is at rest for she has suffered dreadfull., Anne #he was alwa.s kind to .ou " "#he has been kind to the last, 8arilla This letter is from her law.er #he has left me a thousand dollars in her will " "(racious, ain-t that an awful lot of mone.," eAclaimed 6av. "#he-s the woman .ou and 6iana lit on when .ou 7umped into the spare room bed, ain-t she@ 6iana told me that stor. %s that wh. she left .ou so much@" "0ush, 6av.," said Anne gentl. #he slipped awa. to the porch gable with a full heart, leaving 8arilla and 8rs L.nde to talk over the news to their hearts- content "6o .ou s-pose Anne will ever get married now@" speculated 6av. anAiousl. "4hen 6orcas #loane got married last summer she said if she-d had enough mone. to live on she-d never have been bothered with a man, but even a widower with eight children was better-n living with a sister! in!law " "6av. :eith, do hold .our tongue," said 8rs 5achel severel. "The wa. .ou talk is scandalous for a small bo., that-s what "
Chapter !I! An Interlude
"To think that this is m. twentieth birthda., and that %-ve left m. teens behind me forever," said Anne, who was curled up on the hearth!rug with 5ust. in her lap, to Aunt 9amesina who was reading in her pet chair The. were alone in the living room #tella and 1riscilla had gone to a committee meeting and 1hil was upstairs adorning herself for a part. "% suppose .ou feel kind of, sorr." said Aunt 9amesina "The teens are such a nice part of life %-m glad %-ve never gone out of them m.self " Anne laughed ""ou never will, Aunt. "ou-ll be eighteen when .ou should be a hundred "es, %-m sorr., and a little dissatisfied as well 8iss #tac. told me long ago that b. the time % was twent. m. character would be formed, for good or evil % don-t feel that it-s what it should be %t-s full of flaws " "#o-s ever.bod.-s," said Aunt 9amesina cheerfull. "8ine-s cracked in a hundred places "our 8iss #tac. likel. meant that when .ou are twent. .our character would have got its permanent bent in one direction or -tother, and would go on developing in that line 6on-t worr. over it, Anne 6o .our dut. b. (od and .our neighbor and .ourself, and have a good time That-s m. philosoph. and it-s alwa.s worked prett. well 4here-s 1hil off to tonight@" "#he-s going to a dance, and she-s got the sweetest dress for itBcream. .ellow silk and cobwebb. lace %t 7ust suits those brown tints of hers " "There-s magic in the words -silk- and -lace,- isn-t there@" said Aunt 9amesina "The ver. sound of them makes me feel like skipping off to a dance And "ELL$4 silk %t makes one think of a dress of sunshine % alwa.s wanted a .ellow silk dress, but first m. mother and then m. husband wouldn-t hear of it The ver. first thing %-m going to do when % get to heaven is to get a .ellow silk dress " Amid Anne-s peal of laughter 1hil came downstairs, trailing clouds of glor., and surve.ed herself in the long oval mirror on the wall "A flattering looking glass is a promoter of amiabilit.," she said "The one in m. room does certainl. make me green 6o % look prett. nice, Anne@" "6o .ou reall. know how prett. .ou are, 1hil@" asked Anne, in honest admiration "$f course % do 4hat are looking glasses and men for@ That wasn-t what % meant Are all m. ends tucked in@ %s m. skirt straight@ And would this rose look better lower down@ %-m afraid it-s too high!!it will make me look lop!sided <ut % hate things tickling m. ears " "Ever.thing is 7ust right, and that southwest dimple of .ours is lovel. " "Anne, there-s one thing in particular % like about .ou!!.ou-re so ungrudging There isn-t a particle of env. in .ou " "4h. should she be envious@" demanded Aunt 9amesina "#he-s not quite as goodlooking as .ou, ma.be, but she-s got a far handsomer nose " "% know it," conceded 1hil "8. nose alwa.s has been a great comfort to me," confessed Anne "And % love the wa. .our hair grows on .our forehead, Anne And that one wee curl, alwa.s looking as if it were going to drop, but never dropping, is delicious <ut as for noses, mine is a
dreadful worr. to me % know b. the time %-m fort. it will be <.rne. 4hat do .ou think %-ll look like when %-m fort., Anne@" "Like an old, matronl., married woman," teased Anne "% won-t," said 1hil, sitting down comfortabl. to wait for her escort "9oseph, .ou calico beastie, don-t .ou dare 7ump on m. lap % won-t go to a dance all over cat hairs No, Anne, % 4$N-T look matronl. <ut no doubt %-ll be married " "To Alec or Alon=o@" asked Anne "To one of them, % suppose," sighed 1hil, "if % can ever decide which " "%t shouldn-t be hard to decide," scolded Aunt 9amesina "% was born a see!saw Aunt., and nothing can ever prevent me from teetering " ""ou ought to be more levelheaded, 1hilippa " "%t-s best to be levelheaded, of course," agreed 1hilippa, "but .ou miss lots of fun As for Alec and Alon=o, if .ou knew them .ou-d understand wh. it-s difficult to choose between them The.-re equall. nice " "Then take somebod. who is nicer" suggested Aunt 9amesina "There-s that #enior who is so devoted to .ou!!4ill Leslie 0e has such nice, large, mild e.es " "The.-re a little bit too large and too mild!!like a cow-s," said 1hil cruell. "4hat do .ou sa. about (eorge 1arker@" "There-s nothing to sa. about him eAcept that he alwa.s looks as if he had 7ust been starched and ironed " "8arr 0olworth. then "ou can-t find a fault with him " "No, he would do if he wasn-t poor % must marr. a rich man, Aunt 9amesina That!!and good looks!!is an indispensable qualification %-d marr. (ilbert <l.the if he were rich " "$h, would .ou@" said Anne, rather viciousl. "4e don-t like that idea a little bit, although we don-t want (ilbert ourselves, oh, no," mocked 1hil "<ut don-t let-s talk of disagreeable sub7ects %-ll have to marr. sometime, % suppose, but % shall put off the evil da. as long as % can " ""ou mustn-t marr. an.bod. .ou don-t love, 1hil, when all-s said and done," said Aunt 9amesina "-$h, hearts that loved in the good old wa. 0ave been out o- the fashion this man. a da. -" trilled 1hil mockingl. "There-s the carriage % fl.!!<i!bi, .ou two old!fashioned darlings " 4hen 1hil had gone Aunt 9amesina looked solemnl. at Anne "That girl is prett. and sweet and goodhearted, but do .ou think she is quite right in her mind, b. spells, Anne@" "$h, % don-t think there-s an.thing the matter with 1hil-s mind," said Anne, hiding a smile "%t-s 7ust her wa. of talking " Aunt 9amesina shook her head
"4ell, % hope so, Anne % do hope so, because % love her <ut D%D can-t understand her!!she beats me #he isn-t like an. of the girls % ever knew, or an. of the girls % was m.self " "0ow man. girls were .ou, Aunt 9imsie@" "About half a do=en, m. dear "
Chapter !! Gil,ert Spea s
"This has been a dull, pros. da.," .awned 1hil, stretching herself idl. on the sofa, having previousl. dispossessed two eAceedingl. indignant cats Anne looked up from 1ickwick 1apers Now that spring eAaminations were over she was treating herself to 6ickens "%t has been a pros. da. for us," she said thoughtfull., "but to some people it has been a wonderful da. #ome one has been rapturousl. happ. in it 1erhaps a great deed has been done somewhere toda.!!or a great poem written!!or a great man born And some heart has been broken, 1hil " "4h. did .ou spoil .our prett. thought b. tagging that last sentence on, hone.@" grumbled 1hil "% don-t like to think of broken heartsBor an.thing unpleasant " "6o .ou think .ou-ll be able to shirk unpleasant things all .our life, 1hil@" "6ear me, no Am % not up against them now@ "ou don-t call Alec and Alon=o pleasant things, do .ou, when the. simpl. plague m. life out@" ""ou never take an.thing seriousl., 1hil " "4h. should %@ There are enough folks who do The world needs people like me, Anne, 7ust to amuse it %t would be a terrible place if E,E5"<$6" were intellectual and serious and in deep, deadl. earnest 8" mission is, as 9osiah Allen sa.s, -to charm and allure - &onfess now 0asn-t life at 1att.-s 1lace been reall. much brighter and pleasanter this past winter because %-ve been here to leaven .ou@" ""es, it has," owned Anne "And .ou all love me!!even Aunt 9amesina, who thinks %-m stark mad #o wh. should % tr. to be different@ $h, dear, %-m so sleep. % was awake until one last night, reading a harrowing ghost stor. % read it in bed, and after % had finished it do .ou suppose % could get out of bed to put the light out@ No? And if #tella had not fortunatel. come in late that lamp would have burned good and bright till morning 4hen % heard #tella % called her in, eAplained m. predicament, and got her to put out the light %f % had got out m.self to do it % knew something would grab me b. the feet when % was getting in again <. the wa., Anne, has Aunt 9amesina decided what to do this summer@" ""es, she-s going to sta. here % know she-s doing it for the sake of those blessed cats, although she sa.s it-s too much trouble to open her own house, and she hates visiting " "4hat are .ou reading@" "1ickwick " "That-s a book that alwa.s makes me hungr.," said 1hil "There-s so much good eating in it The characters seem alwa.s to be reveling on ham and eggs and milk punch % generall. go on a cupboard rummage after reading 1ickwick The mere thought reminds me that %-m starving %s there an. tidbit in the pantr., Cueen Anne@" "% made a lemon pie this morning "ou ma. have a piece of it " 1hil dashed out to the pantr. and Anne betook herself to the orchard in compan. with 5ust. %t was a moist, pleasantl.!odorous night in earl. spring The snow was not quite all gone from the park> a little ding. bank of it .et la. under the pines of the harbor road, screened from the influence of April suns %t kept the harbor road mudd., and chilled the evening air <ut grass was growing green
in sheltered spots and (ilbert had found some pale, sweet arbutus in a hidden corner 0e came up from the park, his hands full of it Anne was sitting on the big gra. boulder in the orchard looking at the poem of a bare, birchen bough hanging against the pale red sunset with the ver. perfection of grace #he was building a castle in airBa wondrous mansion whose sunlit courts and statel. halls were steeped in Arab.-s perfume, and where she reigned queen and chatelaine #he frowned as she saw (ilbert coming through the orchard $f late she had managed not to be left alone with (ilbert <ut he had caught her fairl. now> and even 5ust. had deserted her (ilbert sat down beside her on the boulder and held out his 8a.flowers "6on-t these remind .ou of home and our old schoolda. picnics, Anne@" Anne took them and buried her face in them "%-m in 8r #ilas #loane-s barrens this ver. minute," she said rapturousl. "% suppose .ou will be there in realit. in a few da.s@" "No, not for a fortnight %-m going to visit with 1hil in <olingbroke before % go home "ou-ll be in Avonlea before % will " "No, % shall not be in Avonlea at all this summer, Anne %-ve been offered a 7ob in the 6ail. News office and %-m going to take it " "$h," said Anne vaguel. #he wondered what a whole Avonlea summer would be like without (ilbert #omehow she did not like the prospect "4ell," she concluded flatl., "it is a good thing for .ou, of course " ""es, %-ve been hoping % would get it %t will help me out neAt .ear " ""ou mustn-t work too 0A56," said Anne, without an. ver. clear idea of what she was sa.ing #he wished desperatel. that 1hil would come out ""ou-ve studied ver. constantl. this winter %sn-t this a delightful evening@ 6o .ou know, % found a cluster of white violets under that old twisted tree over there toda.@ % felt as if % had discovered a gold mine " ""ou are alwa.s discovering gold mines," said (ilbert!!also absentl. "Let us go and see if we can find some more," suggested Anne eagerl. "%-ll call 1hil and!!" "Never mind 1hil and the violets 7ust now, Anne," said (ilbert quietl., taking her hand in a clasp from which she could not free it "There is something % want to sa. to .ou " "$h, don-t sa. it," cried Anne, pleadingl. "6on-t!!1LEA#E, (ilbert " "% must Things can-t go on like this an. longer Anne, % love .ou "ou know % do %!!% can-t tell .ou how much 4ill .ou promise me that some da. .ou-ll be m. wife@" "%!!% can-t," said Anne miserabl. "$h, (ilbert!!.ou!!.ou-ve spoiled ever.thing " "6on-t .ou care for me at all@" (ilbert asked after a ver. dreadful pause, during which Anne had not dared to look up "Not!!not in that wa. % do care a great deal for .ou as a friend <ut % don-t love .ou, (ilbert " "<ut can-t .ou give me some hope that .ou will!!.et@" "No, % can-t," eAclaimed Anne desperatel. "% never, never can love .ou!!in that wa.!!(ilbert "ou must never speak of this to me again "
There was another pause!!so long and so dreadful that Anne was driven at last to look up (ilbert-s face was white to the lips And his e.esBbut Anne shuddered and looked awa. There was nothing romantic about this 8ust proposals be either grotesque or!!horrible@ &ould she ever forget (ilbert-s face@ "%s there an.bod. else@" he asked at last in a low voice "No!!no," said Anne eagerl. "% don-t care for an. one like T0AT!!and % L%:E .ou better than an.bod. else in the world, (ilbert And we mustBwe must go on being friends, (ilbert " (ilbert gave a bitter little laugh "Friends? "our friendship can-t satisf. me, Anne % want .our loveBand .ou tell me % can never have that " "%-m sorr. Forgive me, (ilbert," was all Anne could sa. 4here, oh, where were all the gracious and graceful speeches wherewith, in imagination, she had been wont to dismiss re7ected suitors@ (ilbert released her hand gentl. "There isn-t an.thing to forgive There have been times when % thought .ou did care %-ve deceived m.self, that-s all (oodb.e, Anne " Anne got herself to her room, sat down on her window seat behind the pines, and cried bitterl. #he felt as if something incalculabl. precious had gone out of her life %t was (ilbert-s friendship, of course $h, wh. must she lose it after this fashion@ "4hat is the matter, hone.@" asked 1hil, coming in through the moonlit gloom Anne did not answer At that moment she wished 1hil were a thousand miles awa. "% suppose .ou-ve gone and refused (ilbert <l.the "ou are an idiot, Anne #hirle.?" "6o .ou call it idiotic to refuse to marr. a man % don-t love@" said Anne coldl., goaded to repl. ""ou don-t know love when .ou see it "ou-ve tricked something out with .our imagination that .ou think love, and .ou eApect the real thing to look like that There, that-s the first sensible thing %-ve ever said in m. life % wonder how % managed it@" "1hil," pleaded Anne, "please go awa. and leave me alone for a little while 8. world has tumbled into pieces % want to reconstruct it " "4ithout an. (ilbert in it@" said 1hil, going A world without an. (ilbert in it? Anne repeated the words drearil. 4ould it not be a ver. lonel., forlorn place@ 4ell, it was all (ilbert-s fault 0e had spoiled their beautiful comradeship #he must 7ust learn to live without it
Chapter !!I &oses of .esterday
The fortnight Anne spent in <olingbroke was a ver. pleasant one, with a little under current of vague pain and dissatisfaction running through it whenever she thought about (ilbert There was not, however, much time to think about him "8ount 0oll.," the beautiful old (ordon homestead, was a ver. ga. place, overrun b. 1hil-s friends of both seAes There was quite a bewildering succession of drives, dances, picnics and boating parties, all eApressivel. lumped together b. 1hil under the head of "7amborees"> Alec and Alon=o were so constantl. on hand that Anne wondered if the. ever did an.thing but dance attendance on that will!o-!the!wisp of a 1hil The. were both nice, manl. fellows, but Anne would not be drawn into an. opinion as to which was the nicer "And % depended so on .ou to help me make up m. mind which of them % should promise to marr.," mourned 1hil ""ou must do that for .ourself "ou are quite eApert at making up .our mind as to whom other people should marr.," retorted Anne, rather causticall. "$h, that-s a ver. different thing," said 1hil, trul. <ut the sweetest incident of Anne-s so7ourn in <olingbroke was the visit to her birthplace!!the little shabb. .ellow house in an out!of!the!wa. street she had so often dreamed about #he looked at it with delighted e.es, as she and 1hil turned in at the gate "%t-s almost eAactl. as %-ve pictured it," she said "There is no hone.suckle over the windows, but there is a lilac tree b. the gate, and!!.es, there are the muslin curtains in the windows 0ow glad % am it is still painted .ellow " A ver. tall, ver. thin woman opened the door ""es, the #hirle.s lived here twent. .ears ago," she said, in answer to Anne-s question "The. had it rented % remember -em The. both died of fever at onct %t was turrible sad The. left a bab. % guess it-s dead long ago %t was a sickl. thing $ld Thomas and his wife took it!!as if the. hadn-t enough of their own " "%t didn-t die," said Anne, smiling "% was that bab. " ""ou don-t sa. so? 4h., .ou have grown," eAclaimed the woman, as if she were much surprised that Anne was not still a bab. "&ome to look at .ou, % see the resemblance "ou-re complected like .our pa 0e had red hair <ut .ou favor .our ma in .our e.es and mouth #he was a nice little thing 8. darter went to school to her and was nigh cra=. about her The. was buried in the one grave and the #chool <oard put up a tombstone to them as a reward for faithful service 4ill .ou come in@" "4ill .ou let me go all over the house@" asked Anne eagerl. "Laws, .es, .ou can if .ou like -Twon-t take .ou long!!there ain-t much of it % keep at m. man to build a new kitchen, but he ain-t one of .our hustlers The parlor-s in there and there-s two rooms upstairs 9ust prowl about .ourselves %-ve got to see to the bab. The east room was the one .ou were born in % remember .our ma sa.ing she loved to see the sunrise> and % mind hearing that .ou was born 7ust as the sun was rising and its light on .our face was the first thing .our ma saw " Anne went up the narrow stairs and into that little east room with a full heart %t was as a shrine to her 0ere her mother had dreamed the eAquisite, happ. dreams of anticipated motherhood> here that red sunrise light had fallen over them both in the sacred hour of birth> here her mother had died Anne looked about her reverentl., her e.es with tears %t was for her one of the 7eweled hours of life that gleam out radiantl. forever in memor.
"9ust to think of it!!mother was .ounger than % am now when % was born," she whispered 4hen Anne went downstairs the lad. of the house met her in the hall #he held out a dust. little packet tied with faded blue ribbon "0ere-s a bundle of old letters % found in that closet upstairs when % came here," she said "% dunno what the. are!!% never bothered to look in -em, but the address on the top one is -8iss <ertha 4illis,and that was .our ma-s maiden name "ou can take -em if .ou-d keer to have -em " "$h, thank .ou!!thank .ou," cried Anne, clasping the packet rapturousl. "That was all that was in the house," said her hostess "The furniture was all sold to pa. the doctor bills, and 8rs Thomas got .our ma-s clothes and little things % reckon the. didn-t last long among that drove of Thomas .oungsters The. was destructive .oung animals, as % mind -em " "% haven-t one thing that belonged to m. mother," said Anne, chokil. "%!!% can never thank .ou enough for these letters " ""ou-re quite welcome Laws, but .our e.es is like .our ma-s #he could 7ust about talk with hers "our father was sorter homel. but awful nice % mind hearing folks sa. when the. was married that there never was two people more in love with each other!!1ore creatures, the. didn-t live much longer> but the. was awful happ. while the. was alive, and % s-pose that counts for a good deal " Anne longed to get home to read her precious letters> but she made one little pilgrimage first #he went alone to the green corner of the "old" <olingbroke cemeter. where her father and mother were buried, and left on their grave the white flowers she carried Then she hastened back to 8ount 0oll., shut herself up in her room, and read the letters #ome were written b. her father, some b. her mother There were not man.!!onl. a do=en in all!!for 4alter and <ertha #hirle. had not been often separated during their courtship The letters were .ellow and faded and dim, blurred with the touch of passing .ears No profound words of wisdom were traced on the stained and wrinkled pages, but onl. lines of love and trust The sweetness of forgotten things clung to them!!the far!off, fond imaginings of those long!dead lovers <ertha #hirle. had possessed the gift of writing letters which embodied the charming personalit. of the writer in words and thoughts that retained their beaut. and fragrance after the lapse of time The letters were tender, intimate, sacred To Anne, the sweetest of all was the one written after her birth to the father on a brief absence %t was full of a proud .oung mother-s accounts of "bab."!!her cleverness, her brightness, her thousand sweetnesses "% love her best when she is asleep and better still when she is awake," <ertha #hirle. had written in the postscript 1robabl. it was the last sentence she had ever penned The end was ver. near for her "This has been the most beautiful da. of m. life," Anne said to 1hil that night "%-ve F$3N6 m. father and mother Those letters have made them 5EAL to me %-m not an orphan an. longer % feel as if % had opened a book and found roses of .esterda., sweet and beloved, between its leaves "
Chapter !!II Spring and Anne &eturn to Green Ga,les
The firelight shadows were dancing over the kitchen walls at (reen (ables, for the spring evening was chill.> through the open east window drifted in the subtl. sweet voices of the night 8arilla was sitting b. the fire!!at least, in bod. %n spirit she was roaming olden wa.s, with feet grown .oung $f late 8arilla had thus spent man. an hour, when she thought she should have been knitting for the twins "% suppose %-m growing old," she said "et 8arilla had changed but little in the past nine .ears, save to grow something thinner, and even more angular> there was a little more gra. in the hair that was still twisted up in the same hard knot, with two hairpins!!4E5E the. the same hairpins@!!still stuck through it <ut her eApression was ver. different> the something about the mouth which had hinted at a sense of humor had developed wonderfull.> her e.es were gentler and milder, her smile more frequent and tender 8arilla was thinking of her whole past life, her cramped but not unhapp. childhood, the 7ealousl. hidden dreams and the blighted hopes of her girlhood, the long, gra., narrow, monotonous .ears of dull middle life that followed And the coming of Anne!!the vivid, imaginative, impetuous child with her heart of love, and her world of fanc., bringing with her color and warmth and radiance, until the wilderness of eAistence had blossomed like the rose 8arilla felt that out of her siAt. .ears she had lived onl. the nine that had followed the advent of Anne And Anne would be home tomorrow night The kitchen door opened 8arilla looked up eApecting to see 8rs L.nde Anne stood before her, tall and starr.!e.ed, with her hands full of 8a.flowers and violets "Anne #hirle.?" eAclaimed 8arilla For once in her life she was surprised out of her reserve> she caught her girl in her arms and crushed her and her flowers against her heart, kissing the bright hair and sweet face warml. "% never looked for .ou till tomorrow night 0ow did .ou get from &armod.@" "4alked, dearest of 8arillas 0aven-t % done it a score of times in the Cueen-s da.s@ The mailman is to bring m. trunk tomorrow> % 7ust got homesick all at once, and came a da. earlier And oh? %-ve had such a lovel. walk in the 8a. twilight> % stopped b. the barrens and picked these 8a.flowers> % came through ,iolet!,ale> it-s 7ust a big bowlful of violets now!!the dear, sk.!tinted things #mell them, 8arillaBdrink them in " 8arilla sniffed obligingl., but she was more interested in Anne than in drinking violets "#it down, child "ou must be real tired %-m going to get .ou some supper " "There-s a darling moonrise behind the hills tonight, 8arilla, and oh, how the frogs sang me home from &armod.? % do love the music of the frogs %t seems bound up with all m. happiest recollections of old spring evenings And it alwa.s reminds me of the night % came here first 6o .ou remember it, 8arilla@" "4ell, .es," said 8arilla with emphasis "%-m not likel. to forget it ever " "The. used to sing so madl. in the marsh and brook that .ear % wouldlisten to them at m. window in the dusk, and wonder how the. could seem so glad and so sad at the same time $h, but it-s good to be home again? 5edmond was splendid and <olingbroke delightful!!but (reen (ables is 0$8E " "(ilbert isn-t coming home this summer, % hear," said 8arilla
"No " #omething in Anne-s tone made 8arilla glance at her sharpl., but Anne was apparentl. absorbed in arranging her violets in a bowl "#ee, aren-t the. sweet@" she went on hurriedl. "The .ear is a book, isn-t it, 8arilla@ #pring-s pages are written in 8a.flowers and violets,summer-s in roses, autumn-s in red maple leaves, and winter in holl. and evergreen " "6id (ilbert do well in his eAaminations@" persisted 8arilla "EAcellentl. well 0e led his class <ut where are the twins and 8rs L.nde@" "5achel and 6ora are over at 8r 0arrison-s 6av. is down at <oulters- % think % hear him coming now " 6av. burst in, saw Anne, stopped, and then hurled himself upon her with a 7o.ful .ell "$h, Anne, ain-t % glad to see .ou? #a., Anne, %-ve grown two inches since last fall 8rs L.nde measured me with her tape toda., and sa., Anne, see m. front tooth %t-s gone 8rs L.nde tied one end of a string to it and the other end to the door, and then shut the door % sold it to 8ilt. for two cents 8ilt.-s collecting teeth " "4hat in the world does he want teeth for@" asked 8arilla "To make a necklace for pla.ing %ndian &hief," eAplained 6av., climbing upon Anne-s lap "0e-s got fifteen alread., and ever.bod.-s else-s promised, so there-s no use in the rest of us starting to collect, too % tell .ou the <oulters are great business people " "4ere .ou a good bo. at 8rs <oulter-s@" asked 8arilla severel. ""es> but sa., 8arilla, %-m tired of being good " ""ou-d get tired of being bad much sooner, 6av.!bo.," said Anne "4ell, it-d be fun while it lasted, wouldn-t it@" persisted 6av. "% could be sorr. for it afterwards, couldn-t %@" "<eing sorr. wouldn-t do awa. with the consequences of being bad, 6av. 6on-t .ou remember the #unda. last summer when .ou ran awa. from #unda. #chool@ "ou told me then that being bad wasn-t worth while 4hat were .ou and 8ilt. doing toda.@" "$h, we fished and chased the cat, and hunted for eggs, and .elled at the echo There-s a great echo in the bush behind the <oulter barn #a., what is echo, Anne> % want to know " "Echo is a beautiful n.mph, 6av., living far awa. in the woods, and laughing at the world from among the hills " "4hat does she look like@" "0er hair and e.es are dark, but her neck and arms are white as snow No mortal can ever see how fair she is #he is fleeter than a deer, and that mocking voice of hers is all we can know of her "ou can hear her calling at night> .ou can hear her laughing under the stars <ut .ou can never see her #he flies afar if .ou follow her, and laughs at .ou alwa.s 7ust over the neAt hill " "%s that true, Anne@ $r is it a whopper@" demanded 6av. staring "6av.," said Anne despairingl., "haven-t .ou sense enough to distinguish between a fair.tale and a falsehood@" "Then what is it that sasses back from the <oulter bush@ % want to know," insisted 6av. "4hen .ou are a little older, 6av., %-ll eAplain it all to .ou "
The mention of age evidentl. gave a new turn to 6av.-s thoughts for after a few moments of reflection, he whispered solemnl.J "Anne, %-m going to be married " "4hen@" asked Anne with equal solemnit. "$h, not until %-m grown!up, of course " "4ell, that-s a relief, 6av. 4ho is the lad.@" "#tella Fletcher> she-s in m. class at school And sa., Anne, she-s the prettiest girl .ou ever saw %f % die before % grow up .ou-ll keep an e.e on her, won-t .ou@" "6av. :eith, do stop talking such nonsense," said 8arilla severel. "-Tisn-t nonsense," protested 6av. in an in7ured tone "#he-s m. promised wife, and if % was to die she-d be m. promised widow, wouldn-t she@ And she hasn-t got a soul to look after her eAcept her old grandmother " "&ome and have .our supper, Anne," said 8arilla, "and don-t encourage that child in his absurd talk "
Chapter !!III Paul Cannot Find the &o# People
Life was ver. pleasant in Avonlea that summer, although Anne, amid all her vacation 7o.s, was haunted b. a sense of "something gone which should be there " #he would not admit, even in her inmost reflections, that this was caused b. (ilbert-s absence <ut when she had to walk home alone from pra.er meetings and A , % # pow!wows, while 6iana and Fred, and man. other ga. couples, loitered along the dusk., starlit countr. roads, there was a queer, lonel. ache in her heart which she could noteAplain awa. (ilbert did not even write to her, as she thought he might have done #he knew he wrote to 6iana occasionall., but she would not inquire about him> and 6iana, supposing that Anne heard from him, volunteered no information (ilbert-s mother, who was a ga., frank, light!hearted lad., but not overburdened with tact, had a ver. embarrassing habit of asking Anne, alwa.s in a painfull. distinct voice and alwa.s in the presence of a crowd, if she had heard from (ilbert latel. 1oor Anne could onl. blush horribl. and murmur, "not ver. latel.," which was taken b. all, 8rs <l.the included, to be merel. a maidenl. evasion Apart from this, Anne en7o.ed her summer 1riscilla came for a merr. visit in 9une> and, when she had gone, 8r and 8rs %rving, 1aul and &harlotta the Fourth came "home" for 9ul. and August Echo Lodge was the scene of gaieties once more, and the echoes over the river were kept bus. mimicking the laughter that rang in the old garden behind the spruces "8iss Lavendar" had not changed, eAcept to grow even sweeter and prettier 1aul adored her, and the companionship between them was beautiful to see "<ut % don-t call her -mother- 7ust b. itself," he eAplained to Anne ""ou see, T0AT name belongs 7ust to m. own little mother, and % can-t give it to an. one else "ou know, teacher <ut % call her -8other Lavendar- and % love her neAt best to father %!!% even love her a L%TTLE better than .ou, teacher " "4hich is 7ust as it ought to be," answered Anne 1aul was thirteen now and ver. tall for his .ears 0is face and e.es were as beautiful as ever, and his fanc. was still like a prism, separating ever.thing that fell upon it into rainbows 0e and Anne had delightful rambles to wood and field and shore Never were there two more thoroughl. "kindred spirits " &harlotta the Fourth had blossomed out into .oung lad.hood #he wore her hair now in an enormous pompador and had discarded the blue ribbon bows of auld lang s.ne, but her face was as freckled, her nose as snubbed, and her mouth and smiles as wide as ever ""ou don-t think % talk with a "ankee accent, do .ou, 8iss #hirle., ma-am@" she demanded anAiousl. "% don-t notice it, &harlotta " "%-m real glad of that The. said % did at home, but % thought likel. the. 7ust wanted to aggravate me % don-t want no "ankee accent Not that %-ve a word to sa. against the "ankees, 8iss #hirle., ma-am The.-re real civili=ed <ut give me old 1 E %sland ever. time " 1aul spent his first fortnight with his grandmother %rving in Avonlea Anne was there to meet him when he came, and found him wild with eagerness to get to the shore!!Nora and the (olden Lad. and the Twin #ailors would be there 0e could hardl. wait to eat his supper &ould he not see Nora-s elfin face peering around the point, watching for him wistfull.@ <ut it was a ver. sober 1aul who came back from the shore in the twilight
"6idn-t .ou find .our 5ock 1eople@" asked Anne 1aul shook his chestnut curls sorrowfull. "The Twin #ailors and the (olden Lad. never came at all," he said "Nora was there!!but Nora is not the same, teacher #he is changed " "$h, 1aul, it is .ou who are changed," said Anne ""ou have grown too old for the 5ock 1eople The. like onl. children for pla.fellows % am afraid the Twin #ailors will never again come to .ou in the pearl., enchanted boat with the sail of moonshine> and the (olden Lad. will pla. no more for .ou on her golden harp Even Nora will not meet .ou much longer "ou must pa. the penalt. of growing!up, 1aul "ou must leave fair.land behind .ou " ""ou two talk as much foolishness as ever .ou did," said old 8rs %rving, half!indulgentl., half! reprovingl. "$h, no, we don-t," said Anne, shaking her head gravel. "4e are getting ver., ver. wise, and it is such a pit. 4e are never half so interesting when we have learned that language is given us to enable us to conceal our thoughts " "<ut it isn-t!!it is given us to eAchange our thoughts," said 8rs %rving seriousl. #he had never heard of Tall.rand and did not understand epigrams Anne spent a fortnight of halc.on da.s at Echo Lodge in the golden prime of August 4hile there she incidentall. contrived to hurr. Ludovic #peed in his leisurel. courting of Theodora 6iA, as related dul. in another chronicle of her histor. K;L Arnold #herman, an elderl. friend of the %rvings, was there at the same time, and added not a little to the general pleasantness of life K; &hronicles of Avonlea L "4hat a nice pla.!time this has been," said Anne "% feel like a giant refreshed And it-s onl. a fortnight more till % go back to :ingsport, and 5edmond and 1att.-s 1lace 1att.-s 1lace is the dearest spot, 8iss Lavendar % feel as if % had two homes!!one at (reen (ables and one at 1att.-s 1lace <ut where has the summer gone@ %t doesn-t seem a da. since % came home that spring evening with the 8a.flowers 4hen % was little % couldn-t see from one end of the summer to the other %t stretched before me like an unending season Now, --tis a handbreadth, -tis a tale -" "Anne, are .ou and (ilbert <l.the as good friends as .ou used to be@" asked 8iss Lavendar quietl. "% am 7ust as much (ilbert-s friend as ever % was, 8iss Lavendar " 8iss Lavendar shook her head "% see something-s gone wrong, Anne %-m going to be impertinent and ask what 0ave .ou quarrelled@" "No> it-s onl. that (ilbert wants more than friendship and % can-t give him more " "Are .ou sure of that, Anne@" "1erfectl. sure " "%-m ver., ver. sorr. " "% wonder wh. ever.bod. seems to think % ought to marr. (ilbert <l.the," said Anne petulantl. "<ecause .ou were made and meant for each other, Anne!!that is wh. "ou needn-t toss that .oung head of .ours %t-s a fact "
Chapter !!IV /nter +onas
"15$#1E&T 1$%NT, "August )Gth "6ear Anne!!spelled!!with!!an!!E," wrote 1hil, "% must prop m. e.elids open long enough to write .ou %-ve neglected .ou shamefull. this summer, hone., but all m. other correspondents have been neglected, too % have a huge pile of letters to answer, so % must gird up the loins of m. mind and hoe in EAcuse m. miAed metaphors %-m fearfull. sleep. Last night &ousin Emil. and % were calling at a neighbor-s There were several other callers there, and as soon as those unfortunate creatures left, our hostess and her three daughters picked them all to pieces % knew the. would begin on &ousin Emil. and me as soon as the door shut behind us 4hen we came home 8rs Lill. informed us that the aforesaid neighbor-s hired bo. was supposed to be down with scarlet fever "ou can alwa.s trust 8rs Lill. to tell .ou cheerful things like that % have a horror of scarlet fever % couldn-t sleep when % went to bed for thinking of it % tossed and tumbled about, dreaming fearful dreams when % did snoo=e for a minute> and at three % wakened up with a high fever, a sore throat, and a raging headache % knew % had scarlet fever> % got up in a panic and hunted up &ousin Emil.-s -doctor book- to read up the s.mptoms Anne, % had them all #o % went back to bed, and knowing the worst, slept like a top the rest of the night Though wh. a top should sleep sounder than an.thing else % never could understand <ut this morning % was quite well, so it couldn-t have been the fever % suppose if % did catch it last night it couldn-t have developed so soon % can remember that in da.time, but at three o-clock at night % never can be logical "% suppose .ou wonder what %-m doing at 1rospect 1oint 4ell, % alwa.s like to spend a month of summer at the shore, and father insists that % come to his second!cousin Emil.-s -select boardinghouse- at 1rospect 1oint #o a fortnight ago % came as usual And as usual old -3ncle 8ark 8iller- brought me from the station with his ancient bugg. and what he calls his -generous purposehorse 0e is a nice old man and gave me a handful of pink peppermints 1eppermints alwa.s seem to me such a religious sort of cand.!!% suppose because when % was a little girl (randmother (ordon alwa.s gave them to me in church $nce % asked, referring to the smell of peppermints, -%s that the odor of sanctit.@- % didn-t like to eat 3ncle 8ark-s peppermints because he 7ust fished them loose out of his pocket, and had to pick some rust. nails and other things from among them before he gave them to me <ut % wouldn-t hurt his dear old feelings for an.thing, so % carefull. sowed them along the road at intervals 4hen the last one was gone, 3ncle 8ark said, a little rebukingl., -"e shouldn-t a-et all them candies to onct, 8iss 1hil "ou-ll likel. have the stummick!ache "&ousin Emil. has onl. five boarders besides m.self!!four old ladies and one .oung man 8. right! hand neighbor is 8rs Lill. #he is one of those people who seem to take a gruesome pleasure in detailing all their man. aches and pains and sicknesses "ou cannot mention an. ailment but she sa.s, shaking her head, -Ah, % know too well what that is-!!and then .ou get all the details 9onas declares he once spoke of locomotor ataAia in hearing and she said she knew too well what that was #he suffered from it for ten .ears and was finall. cured b. a traveling doctor "4ho is 9onas@ 9ust wait, Anne #hirle. "ou-ll hear all about 9onas in the proper time and place 0e is not to be miAed up with estimable old ladies "8. left!hand neighbor at the table is 8rs 1hinne. #he alwa.s speaks with a wailing, dolorous voice!!.ou are nervousl. eApecting her to burst into tears ever. moment #he gives .ou the impression that life to her is indeed a vale of tears, and that a smile, never to speak of a laugh, is a frivolit. trul. reprehensible #he has a worse opinion of me than Aunt 9amesina, and she doesn-t love me hard to atone for it, as Aunt. 9 does, either "8iss 8aria (rimsb. sits cati!corner from me The first da. % came % remarked to 8iss 8aria that it looked a little like rain!!and 8iss 8aria laughed % said the road from the station was ver. prett.!!
and 8iss 8aria laughed % said there seemed to be a few mosquitoes left .etBand 8iss 8aria laughed % said that 1rospect 1oint was as beautiful as ever!!and 8iss 8aria laughed %f % were to sa. to 8iss 8aria, -8. father has hanged himself, m. mother has taken poison, m. brother is in the penitentiar., and % am in the last stages of consumption,- 8iss 8aria would laugh #he can-t help it!! she was born so> but is ver. sad and awful "The fifth old lad. is 8rs (rant #he is a sweet old thing> but she never sa.s an.thing but good of an.bod. and so she is a ver. uninteresting conversationalist "And now for 9onas, Anne "That first da. % came % saw a .oung man sitting opposite me at the table, smiling at me as if he had known me from m. cradle % knew, for 3ncle 8ark had told me, that his name was 9onas <lake, that he was a Theological #tudent from #t &olumbia, and that he had taken charge of the 1oint 1rospect 8ission &hurch for the summer "0e is a ver. ugl. .oung man!!reall., the ugliest .oung man %-ve ever seen 0e has a big, loose! 7ointed figure with absurdl. long legs 0is hair is tow!color and lank, his e.es are green, and his mouth is big, and his ears!!but % never think about his ears if % can help it "0e has a lovel. voice!! if .ou shut .our e.es he is adorable!!and he certainl. has a beautiful soul and disposition "4e were good chums right wa. $f course he is a graduate of 5edmond, and that is a link between us 4e fished and boated together> and we walked on the sands b. moonlight 0e didn-t look so homel. b. moonlight and oh, he was nice Niceness fairl. eAhaled from him The old ladies!!eAcept 8rs (rant!!don-t approve of 9onas, because he laughs and 7okes!!and because he evidentl. likes the societ. of frivolous me better than theirs "#omehow, Anne, % don-t want him to think me frivolous This is ridiculous 4h. should % care what a tow!haired person called 9onas, whom % never saw before thinks of me@ "Last #unda. 9onas preached in the village church % went, of course, but % couldn-t reali=e that 9onas was going to preach The fact that he was a minister!!or going to be one!!persisted in seeming a huge 7oke to me "4ell, 9onas preached And, b. the time he had preached ten minutes, % felt so small and insignificant that % thought % must be invisible to the naked e.e 9onas never said a word about women and he never looked at me <ut % reali=ed then and there what a pitiful, frivolous, small! souled little butterfl. % was, and how horribl. different % must be from 9onas- ideal woman #0E would be grand and strong and noble 0e was so earnest and tender and true 0e was ever.thing a minister ought to be % wondered how % could ever have thought him ugl.!!but he reall. is?!!with those inspired e.es and that intellectual brow which the roughl.!falling hair hid on week da.s "%t was a splendid sermon and % could have listened to it forever, and it made me feel utterl. wretched $h, % wish % was like "$3, Anne "0e caught up with me on the road home, and grinned as cheerfull. as usual <ut his grin could never deceive me again % had seen the 5EAL 9onas % wondered if he could ever see the 5EAL 10%L!!whom N$<$6", not even .ou, Anne, has ever seen .et "-9onas,- % said!!% forgot to call him 8r <lake 4asn-t it dreadful@ <ut there are times when things like that don-t matter!!-9onas, .ou were born to be a minister "ou &$3L6N-T be an.thing else "-No, % couldn-t,- he said soberl. -% tried to be something else for a long time!!% didn-t want to be a minister <ut % came to see at last that it was the work given me to do!!and (od helping me, % shall tr. to do it "0is voice was low and reverent % thought that he would do his work and do it well and nobl.> and
happ. the woman fitted b. nature and training to help him do it #0E would be no feather, blown about b. ever. fickle wind of fanc. #0E would alwa.s know what hat to put on 1robabl. she would have onl. one 8inisters never have much mone. <ut she wouldn-t mind having one hat or none at all, because she would have 9onas "Anne #hirle., don-t .ou dare to sa. or hint or think that %-ve fallen in love with 8r <lake &ould % care for a lank, poor, ugl. theologue!!named 9onas@ As 3ncle 8ark sa.s, -%t-s impossible, and what-s more it-s improbable "(ood night, 10%L " "1 # %t is impossible!!but % am horribl. afraid it-s true %-m happ. and wretched and scared 0E can NE,E5 care for me, % know 6o .ou think % could ever develop into a passable minister-s wife, Anne@ And 4$3L6 the. eApect me to lead in pra.er@ 1 ( "
Chapter !!V /nter Prin#e Charming
"%-m contrasting the claims of indoors and out," said Anne, looking from the window of 1att.-s 1lace to the distant pines of the park "%-ve an afternoon to spend in sweet doing nothing, Aunt 9imsie #hall % spend it here where there is a cos. fire, a plateful of delicious russets, three purring and harmonious cats, and two impeccable china dogs with green noses@ $r shall % go to the park, where there is the lure of gra. woods and of gra. water lapping on the harbor rocks@" "%f % was as .oung as .ou, %-d decide in favor of the park," said Aunt 9amesina, tickling 9oseph-s .ellow ear with a knitting needle "% thought that .ou claimed to be as .oung as an. of us, Aunt.," teased Anne ""es, in m. soul <ut %-ll admit m. legs aren-t as .oung as .ours "ou go and get some fresh air, Anne "ou look pale latel. " "% think %-ll go to the park," said Anne restlessl. "% don-t feel like tame domestic 7o.s toda. % want to feel alone and free and wild The park will be empt., for ever. one will be at the football match " "4h. didn-t .ou go to it@" "-Nobod. aAed me, sir, she said-!!at least, nobod. but that horrid little 6an 5anger % wouldn-t go an.where with him> but rather than hurt his poor little tender feelings % said % wasn-t going to the game at all % don-t mind %-m not in the mood for football toda. somehow " ""ou go and get some fresh air," repeated Aunt 9amesina, "but take .our umbrella, for % believe it-s going to rain %-ve rheumatism in m. leg " "$nl. old people should have rheumatism, Aunt. " "An.bod. is liable to rheumatism in her legs, Anne %t-s onl. old people who should have rheumatism in their souls, though Thank goodness, % never have 4hen .ou get rheumatism in .our soul .ou might as well go and pick out .our coffin " %t was November!!the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad h.mns of the sea, passionate wind!songs in the pines Anne roamed through the pineland alle.s in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul Anne was not wont to be troubled with soul fog <ut, somehow, since her return to 5edmond for this third .ear, life had not mirrored her spirit back to her with its old, perfect, sparkling clearness $utwardl., eAistence at 1att.-s 1lace was the same pleasant round of work and stud. and recreation that it had alwa.s been $n Frida. evenings the big, fire!lighted livingroom was crowded b. callers and echoed to endless 7est and laughter, while Aunt 9amesina smiled beamingl. on them all The "9onas" of 1hil-s letter came often, running up from #t &olumbia on the earl. train and departing on the late 0e was a general favorite at 1att.-s 1lace, though Aunt 9amesina shook her head and opined that divinit. students were not what the. used to be "0e-s ,E5" nice, m. dear," she told 1hil, "but ministers ought to be graver and more dignified " "&an-t a man laugh and laugh and be a &hristian still@" demanded 1hil "$h, 8EN!!.es <ut % was speaking of 8%N%#TE5#, m. dear," said Aunt 9amesina rebukingl. "And .ou shouldn-t flirt so with 8r <lakeB.ou reall. shouldn-t "
"%-m not flirting with him," protested 1hil Nobod. believed her, eAcept Anne The others thought she was amusing herself as usual, and told her roundl. that she was behaving ver. badl. "8r <lake isn-t of the Alec!and!Alon=o t.pe, 1hil," said #tella severel. "0e takes things seriousl. "ou ma. break his heart " "6o .ou reall. think % could@" asked 1hil "%-d love to think so " "1hilippa (ordon? % never thought .ou were utterl. unfeeling The idea of .ou sa.ing .ou-d love to break a man-s heart?" "% didn-t sa. so, hone. Cuote me correctl. % said %-d like to think % &$3L6 break it % would like to know % had the 1$4E5 to do it " "% don-t understand .ou, 1hil "ou are leading that man on deliberatel.!!and .ou know .ou don-t mean an.thing b. it " "% mean to make him ask me to marr. him if % can," said 1hil calml. "% give .ou up," said #tella hopelessl. (ilbert came occasionall. on Frida. evenings 0e seemed alwa.s in good spirits, and held his own in the 7ests and repartee that flew about 0e neither sought nor avoided Anne 4hen circumstances brought them in contact he talked to her pleasantl. and courteousl., as to an. newl.!made acquaintance The old camaraderie was gone entirel. Anne felt it keenl.> but she told herself she was ver. glad and thankful that (ilbert had got so completel. over his disappointment in regard to her #he had reall. been afraid, that April evening in the orchard, that she had hurt him terribl. and that the wound would be long in healing Now she saw that she need not have worried 8en have died and the worms have eaten them but not for love (ilbert evidentl. was in no danger of immediate dissolution 0e was en7o.ing life, and he was full of ambition and =est For him there was to be no wasting in despair because a woman was fair and cold Anne, as she listened to the ceaseless badinage that went on between him and 1hil, wondered if she had onl. imagined that look in his e.es when she had told him she could never care for him There were not lacking those who would gladl. have stepped into (ilbert-s vacant place <ut Anne snubbed them without fear and without reproach %f the real 1rince &harming was never to come she would have none of a substitute #o she sternl. told herself that gra. da. in the wind. park #uddenl. the rain of Aunt 9amesina-s prophec. came with a swish and rush Anne put up her umbrella and hurried down the slope As she turned out on the harbor road a savage gust of wind tore along it %nstantl. her umbrella turned wrong side out Anne clutched at it in despair And then!!there came a voice close to her "1ardon me!!ma. % offer .ou the shelter of m. umbrella@" Anne looked up Tall and handsome and distinguished!lookingBdark, melanchol., inscrutable e.es!!melting, musical, s.mpathetic voiceB.es, the ver. hero of her dreams stood before her in the flesh 0e could not have more closel. resembled her ideal if he had been made to order "Thank .ou," she said confusedl. "4e-d better hurr. over to that little pavillion on the point," suggested the unknown "4e can wait there until this shower is over %t is not likel. to rain so heavil. ver. long " The words were ver. commonplace, but oh, the tone? And the smile which accompanied them? Anne felt her heart beating strangel.
Together the. scurried to the pavilion and sat breathlessl. down under its friendl. roof Anne laughingl. held up her false umbrella "%t is when m. umbrella turns inside out that % am convinced of the total depravit. of inanimate things," she said gail. The raindrops sparkled on her shining hair> its loosened rings curled around her neck and forehead 0er cheeks were flushed, her e.es big and starr. 0er companion looked down at her admiringl. #he felt herself blushing under his ga=e 4ho could he be@ 4h., there was a bit of the 5edmond white and scarlet pinned to his coat lapel "et she had thought she knew, b. sight at least, all the 5edmond students eAcept the Freshmen And this courtl. .outh surel. was no Freshman "4e are schoolmates, % see," he said, smiling at Anne-s colors "That ought to be sufficient introduction 8. name is 5o.al (ardner And .ou are the 8iss #hirle. who read the Tenn.son paper at the 1hilomathic the other evening, aren-t .ou@" ""es> but % cannot place .ou at all," said Anne, frankl. "1lease, where 6$ .ou belong@" "% feel as if % didn-t belong an.where .et % put in m. Freshman and #ophomore .ears at 5edmond two .ears ago %-ve been in Europe ever since Now %-ve come back to finish m. Arts course " "This is m. 9unior .ear, too," said Anne "#o we are classmates as well as collegemates % am reconciled to the loss of the .ears that the locust has eaten," said her companion, with a world of meaning in those wonderful e.es of his The rain came steadil. down for the best part of an hour <ut the time seemed reall. ver. short 4hen the clouds parted and a burst of pale November sunshine fell athwart the harbor and the pines Anne and her companion walked home together <. the time the. had reached the gate of 1att.-s 1lace he had asked permission to call, and had received it Anne went in with cheeks of flame and her heart beating to her fingertips 5ust., who climbed into her lap and tried to kiss her, found a ver. absent welcome Anne, with her soul full of romantic thrills, had no attention to spare 7ust then for a crop!eared puss. cat That evening a parcel was left at 1att.-s 1lace for 8iss #hirle. %t was a boA containing a do=en magnificent roses 1hil pounced impertinentl. on the card that fell from it, read the name and the poetical quotation written on the back "5o.al (ardner?" she eAclaimed "4h., Anne, % didn-t know .ou were acquainted with 5o. (ardner?" "% met him in the park this afternoon in the rain," eAplained Anne hurriedl. "8. umbrella turned inside out and he came to m. rescue with his " "$h?" 1hil peered curiousl. at Anne "And is that eAceedingl. commonplace incident an. reason wh. he should send us longstemmed roses b. the do=en, with a ver. sentimental rh.me@ $r wh. we should blush divinest ros.!red when we look at his card@ Anne, th. face betra.eth thee " "6on-t talk nonsense, 1hil 6o .ou know 8r (ardner@" "%-ve met his two sisters, and % know of him #o does ever.bod. worthwhile in :ingsport The (ardners are among the richest, bluest, of <luenoses 5o. is adorabl. handsome and clever Two .ears ago his mother-s health failed and he had to leave college and go abroad with her!!his father is dead 0e must have been greatl. disappointed to have to give up his class, but the. sa. he was perfectl. sweet about it Fee!!fi!!fo!!fum, Anne % smell romance Almost do % env. .ou, but not quite After all, 5o. (ardner isn-t 9onas " ""ou goose?" said Anne loftil. <ut she la. long awake that night, nor did she wish for sleep 0er
waking fancies were more alluring than an. vision of dreamland 0ad the real 1rince come at last@ 5ecalling those glorious dark e.es which had ga=ed so deepl. into her own, Anne was ver. strongl. inclined to think he had
Chapter !!VI /nter Christine
The girls at 1att.-s 1lace were dressing for the reception which the 9uniors were giving for the #eniors in Februar. Anne surve.ed herself in the mirror of the blue room with girlish satisfaction #he had a particularl. prett. gown on $riginall. it had been onl. a simple little slip of cream silk with a chiffon overdress <ut 1hil had insisted on taking it home with her in the &hristmas holida.s and embroidering tin. rosebuds all over the chiffon 1hil-s fingers were deft, and the result was a dress which was the env. of ever. 5edmond girl Even Allie <oone, whose frocks came from 1aris, was wont to look with longing e.es on that rosebud concoction as Anne trailed up the main staircase at 5edmond in it Anne was tr.ing the effect of a white orchid in her hair 5o. (ardner had sent her white orchids for the reception, and she knew no other 5edmond girl would have them that night!!when 1hil came in with admiring ga=e "Anne, this is certainl. .our night for looking handsome Nine nights out of ten % can easil. outshine .ou The tenth .ou blossom out suddenl. into something that eclipses me altogether 0ow do .ou manage it@" "%t-s the dress, dear Fine feathers " "-Tisn-t The last evening .ou flamed out into beaut. .ou wore .our old blue flannel shirtwaist that 8rs L.nde made .ou %f 5o. hadn-t alread. lost head and heart about .ou he certainl. would tonight <ut % don-t like orchids on .ou, Anne No> it isn-t 7ealous. $rchids don-t seem to <EL$N( to .ou The.-re too eAotic!!too tropical!!too insolent 6on-t put them in .our hair, an.wa. " "4ell, % won-t % admit %-m not fond of orchids m.self % don-t think the.-re related to me 5o. doesn-t often send them!!he knows % like flowers % can live with $rchids are onl. things .ou can visit with " "9onas sent me some dear pink rosebuds for the evening!!but!!he isn-t coming himself 0e said he had to lead a pra.er!meeting in the slums? % don-t believe he wanted to come Anne, %-m horribl. afraid 9onas doesn-t reall. care an.thing about me And %-m tr.ing to decide whether %-ll pine awa. and die, or go on and get m. < A and be sensible and useful " ""ou couldn-t possibl. be sensible and useful, 1hil, so .ou-d better pine awa. and die," said Anne cruell. "0eartless Anne?" "#ill. 1hil? "ou know quite well that 9onas loves .ou " "<ut!!he won-t TELL me so And % can-t 8A:E him 0e L$$:# it, %-ll admit <ut speak!to!me! onl.!with!thine!e.es isn-t a reall. reliable reason for embroidering doilies and hemstitching tablecloths % don-t want to begin such work until %-m reall. engaged %t would be tempting Fate " "8r <lake is afraid to ask .ou to marr. him, 1hil 0e is poor and can-t offer .ou a home such as .ou-ve alwa.s had "ou know that is the onl. reason he hasn-t spoken long ago " "% suppose so," agreed 1hil dolefull. "4ell"!!brightening up!!"if he 4$N-T ask me to marr. him %-ll ask him, that-s all #o it-s bound to come right % won-t worr. <. the wa., (ilbert <l.the is going about constantl. with &hristine #tuart 6id .ou know@" Anne was tr.ing to fasten a little gold chain about her throat #he suddenl. found the clasp difficult to manage 40AT was the matter with it!!or with her fingers@
"No," she said carelessl. "4ho is &hristine #tuart@" "5onald #tuart-s sister #he-s in :ingsport this winter stud.ing music % haven-t seen her, but the. sa. she-s ver. prett. and that (ilbert is quite cra=. over her 0ow angr. % was when .ou refused (ilbert, Anne <ut 5o. (ardner was foreordained for .ou % can see that now "ou were right, after all " Anne did not blush, as she usuall. did when the girls assumed that her eventual marriage to 5o. (ardner was a settled thing All at once she felt rather dull 1hil-s chatter seemed trivial and the reception a bore #he boAed poor 5ust.-s ears "(et off that cushion instantl., .ou cat, .ou? 4h. don-t .ou sta. down where .ou belong@" Anne picked up her orchids and went downstairs, where Aunt 9amesina was presiding over a row of coats hung before the fire to warm 5o. (ardner was waiting for Anne and teasing the #arah!cat while he waited The #arah!cat did not approve of him #he alwa.s turned her back on him <ut ever.bod. else at 1att.-s 1lace liked him ver. much Aunt 9amesina, carried awa. b. his unfailing and deferential courtes., and the pleading tones of his delightful voice, declared he was the nicest .oung man she ever knew, and that Anne was a ver. fortunate girl #uch remarks made Anne restive 5o.-s wooing had certainl. been as romantic as girlish heart could desire, but!!she wished Aunt 9amesina and the girls would not take things so for granted 4hen 5o. murmured a poetical compliment as he helped her on with her coat, she did not blush and thrill as usual> and he found her rather silent in their brief walk to 5edmond 0e thought she looked a little pale when she came out of the coeds- dressing room> but as the. entered the reception room her color and sparkle suddenl. returned to her #he turned to 5o. with her ga.est eApression 0e smiled back at her with what 1hil called "his deep, black, velvet. smile " "et she reall. did not see 5o. at all #he was acutel. conscious that (ilbert was standing under the palms 7ust across the room talking to a girl who must be &hristine #tuart #he was ver. handsome, in the statel. st.le destined to become rather massive in middle life A tall girl, with large dark!blue e.es, ivor. outlines, and a gloss of darkness on her smooth hair "#he looks 7ust as %-ve alwa.s wanted to look," thought Anne miserabl. "5ose!leaf compleAion!! starr. violet e.es!!raven hair!!.es, she has them all %t-s a wonder her name isn-t &ordelia Fit=gerald into the bargain? <ut % don-t believe her figure is as good as mine, and her nose certainl. isn-t " Anne felt a little comforted b. this conclusion
Chapter !!VII *utual Confiden#es
8arch came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing da.s that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed b. a frost. pink twilight which graduall. lost itself in an elfland of moonshine $ver the girls at 1att.-s 1lace was falling the shadow of April eAaminations The. were stud.ing hard> even 1hil had settled down to teAt and notebooks with a doggedness not to be eApected of her "%-m going to take the 9ohnson #cholarship in 8athematics," she announced calml. "% could take the one in (reek easil., but %-d rather take the mathematical one because % want to prove to 9onas that %-m reall. enormousl. clever " "9onas likes .ou better for .our big brown e.es and .our crooked smile than for all the brains .ou carr. under .our curls," said Anne "4hen % was a girl it wasn-t considered lad.!like to know an.thing about 8athematics," said Aunt 9amesina "<ut times have changed % don-t know that it-s all for the better &an .ou cook, 1hil@" "No, % never cooked an.thing in m. life eAcept a gingerbread and it was a failure!!flat in the middle and hill. round the edges "ou know the kind <ut, Aunt., when % begin in good earnest to learn to cook don-t .ou think the brains that enable me to win a mathematical scholarship will also enable me to learn cooking 7ust as well@" "8a.be," said Aunt 9amesina cautiousl. "% am not decr.ing the higher education of women 8. daughter is an 8 A #he can cook, too <ut % taught her to cook <EF$5E % let a college professor teach her 8athematics " %n mid!8arch came a letter from 8iss 1att. #pofford, sa.ing that she and 8iss 8aria had decided to remain abroad for another .ear "#o .ou ma. have 1att.-s 1lace neAt winter, too," she wrote "8aria and % are going to run over Eg.pt % want to see the #phinA once before % die " "Fanc. those two dames -running over Eg.pt-? % wonder if the.-ll look up at the #phinA and knit," laughed 1riscilla "%-m so glad we can keep 1att.-s 1lace for another .ear," said #tella "% was afraid the.-d come back And then our 7oll. little nest here would be broken up!!and we poor callow nestlings thrown out on the cruel world of boardinghouses again " "%-m off for a tramp in the park," announced 1hil, tossing her book aside "% think when % am eight. %-ll be glad % went for a walk in the park tonight " "4hat do .ou mean@" asked Anne "&ome with me and %-ll tell .ou, hone. " The. captured in their ramble all the m.steries and magics of a 8arch evening ,er. still and mild it was, wrapped in a great, white, brooding silence!!a silence which was .et threaded through with man. little silver. sounds which .ou could hear if .ou hearkened as much with .our soul as .our ears The girls wandered down a long pineland aisle that seemed to lead right out into the heart of a deep!red, overflowing winter sunset "%-d go home and write a poem this blessed minute if % onl. knew how," declared 1hil, pausing in an open space where a ros. light was staining the green tips of the pines "%t-s all so wonderful here!!
this great, white stillness, and those dark trees that alwa.s seem to be thinking " "-The woods were (od-s first temples,-" quoted Anne softl. "$ne can-t help feeling reverent and adoring in such a place % alwa.s feel so near 0im when % walk among the pines " "Anne, %-m the happiest girl in the world," confessed 1hil suddenl. "#o 8r <lake has asked .ou to marr. him at last@" said Anne calml. ""es And % snee=ed three times while he was asking me 4asn-t that horrid@ <ut % said -.es- almost before he finished!!% was so afraid he might change his mind and stop %-m besottedl. happ. % couldn-t reall. believe before that 9onas would ever care for frivolous me " "1hil, .ou-re not reall. frivolous," said Anne gravel. "-4a. down underneath that frivolous eAterior of .ours .ou-ve got a dear, lo.al, womanl. little soul 4h. do .ou hide it so@" "% can-t help it, Cueen Anne "ou are right!!%-m not frivolous at heart <ut there-s a sort of frivolous skin over m. soul and % can-t take it off As 8rs 1o.ser sa.s, %-d have to be hatched over again and hatched different before % could change it <ut 9onas knows the real me and loves me, frivolit. and all And % love him % never was so surprised in m. life as % was when % found out % loved him %-d never thought it possible to fall in love with an ugl. man Fanc. me coming down to one solitar. beau And one named 9onas? <ut % mean to call him 9o That-s such a nice, crisp little name % couldn-t nickname Alon=o " "4hat about Alec and Alon=o@" "$h, % told them at &hristmas that % never could marr. either of them %t seems so funn. now to remember that % ever thought it possible that % might The. felt so badl. % 7ust cried over both of them!!howled <ut % knew there was onl. one man in the world % could ever marr. % had made up m. own mind for once and it was real eas., too %t-s ver. delightful to feel so sure, and know it-s .our own sureness and not somebod. else-s " "6o .ou suppose .ou-ll be able to keep it up@" "8aking up m. mind, .ou mean@ % don-t know, but 9o has given me a splendid rule 0e sa.s, when %-m perpleAed, 7ust to do what % would wish % had done when % shall be eight. An.how, 9o can make up his mind quickl. enough, and it would be uncomfortable to have too much mind in the same house " "4hat will .our father and mother sa.@" "Father won-t sa. much 0e thinks ever.thing % do right <ut mother 4%LL talk $h, her tongue will be as <.rne. as her nose <ut in the end it will be all right " ""ou-ll have to give up a good man. things .ou-ve alwa.s had, when .ou marr. 8r <lake, 1hil " "<ut %-ll have 0%8 % won-t miss the other things 4e-re to be married a .ear from neAt 9une 9o graduates from #t &olumbia this spring, .ou know Then he-s going to take a little mission church down on 1atterson #treet in the slums Fanc. me in the slums? <ut %-d go there or to (reenland-s ic. mountains with him " "And this is the girl who would NE,E5 marr. a man who wasn-t rich," commented Anne to a .oung pine tree "$h, don-t cast up the follies of m. .outh to me % shall be poor as gail. as %-ve been rich "ou-ll see %-m going to learn how to cook and make over dresses %-ve learned how to market since %-ve lived at 1att.-s 1lace> and once % taught a #unda. #chool class for a whole summer Aunt 9amesina sa.s %-ll ruin 9o-s career if % marr. him <ut % won-t % know % haven-t much sense or sobriet., but %-ve got
what is ever so much better!!the knack of making people like me There is a man in <olingbroke who lisps and alwa.s testifies in pra.er!meeting 0e sa.s, -%f .ou can-t thine like an electric thtar thine like a candlethtick - %-ll be 9o-s little candlestick " "1hil, .ou-re incorrigible 4ell, % love .ou so much that % can-t make nice, light, congratulator. little speeches <ut %-m heart!glad of .our happiness " "% know Those big gra. e.es of .ours are brimming over with real friendship, Anne #ome da. %-ll look the same wa. at .ou "ou-re going to marr. 5o., aren-t .ou, Anne@" "8. dear 1hilippa, did .ou ever hear of the famous <ett. <aAter, who -refused a man before he-d aAed her-@ % am not going to emulate that celebrated lad. b. either refusing or accepting an. one before he -aAes- me " "All 5edmond knows that 5o. is cra=. about .ou," said 1hil candidl. "And .ou 6$ love him, don-t .ou, Anne@" "%!!% suppose so," said Anne reluctantl. #he felt that she ought to be blushing while making such a confession> but she was not> on the other hand, she alwa.s blushed hotl. when an. one said an.thing about (ilbert <l.the or &hristine #tuart in her hearing (ilbert <l.the and &hristine #tuart were nothing to her!!absolutel. nothing <ut Anne had given up tr.ing to anal.=e the reason of her blushes As for 5o., of course she was in love with him!!madl. so 0ow could she help it@ 4as he not her ideal@ 4ho could resist those glorious dark e.es, and that pleading voice@ 4ere not half the 5edmond girls wildl. envious@ And what a charming sonnet he had sent her, with a boA of violets, on her birthda.? Anne knew ever. word of it b. heart %t was ver. good stuff of its kind, too Not eAactl. up to the level of :eats or #hakespeare!!even Anne was not so deepl. in love as to think that <ut it was ver. tolerable maga=ine verse And it was addressed to 0E5!!not to Laura or <eatrice or the 8aid of Athens, but to her, Anne #hirle. To be told in rh.thmical cadences that her e.es were stars of the morning!!that her cheek had the flush it stole from the sunrise!!that her lips were redder than the roses of 1aradise, was thrillingl. romantic (ilbert would never have dreamed of writing a sonnet to her e.ebrows <ut then, (ilbert could see a 7oke #he had once told 5o. a funn. stor.!!and he had not seen the point of it #he recalled the chumm. laugh she and (ilbert had had together over it, and wondered uneasil. if life with a man who had no sense of humor might not be somewhat uninteresting in the long run <ut who could eApect a melanchol., inscrutable hero to see the humorous side of things@ %t would be flatl. unreasonable
Chapter !!VIII A +une /$ening
"% wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was alwa.s 9une," said Anne, as she came through the spice and bloom of the twilit orchard to the front door steps, where 8arilla and 8rs 5achel were sitting, talking over 8rs #amson &oates- funeral, which the. had attended that da. 6ora sat between them, diligentl. stud.ing her lessons> but 6av. was sitting tailor!fashion on the grass, looking as gloom. and depressed as his single dimple would let him ""ou-d get tired of it," said 8arilla, with a sigh "% daresa.> but 7ust now % feel that it would take me a long time to get tired of it, if it were all as charming as toda. Ever.thing loves 9une 6av.!bo., wh. this melanchol. November face in blossom!time@" "%-m 7ust sick and tired of living," said the .outhful pessimist "At ten .ears@ 6ear me, how sad?" "%-m not making fun," said 6av. with dignit. "%-m dis!!dis!!discouraged"!!bringing out the big word with a valiant effort "4h. and wherefore@" asked Anne, sitting down beside him "-&ause the new teacher that come when 8r 0olmes got sick give me ten sums to do for 8onda. %t-ll take me all da. tomorrow to do them %t isn-t fair to have to work #aturda.s 8ilt. <oulter said he wouldn-t do them, but 8arilla sa.s %-ve got to % don-t like 8iss &arson a bit " "6on-t talk like that about .our teacher, 6av. :eith," said 8rs 5achel severel. "8iss &arson is a ver. fine girl There is no nonsense about her " "That doesn-t sound ver. attractive," laughed Anne "% like people to have a little nonsense about them <ut %-m inclined to have a better opinion of 8iss &arson than .ou have % saw her in pra.er! meeting last night, and she has a pair of e.es that can-t alwa.s look sensible Now, 6av.!bo., take heart of grace -Tomorrow will bring another da.- and %-ll help .ou with the sums as far as in me lies 6on-t waste this lovel. hour -twiAt light and dark worr.ing over arithmetic " "4ell, % won-t," said 6av., brightening up "%f .ou help me with the sums %-ll have -em done in time to go fishing with 8ilt. % wish old Aunt Atossa-s funeral was tomorrow instead of toda. % wanted to go to it -cause 8ilt. said his mother said Aunt Atossa would be sure to rise up in her coffin and sa. sarcastic things to the folks that come to see her buried <ut 8arilla said she didn-t " "1oor Atossa laid in her coffin peaceful enough," said 8rs L.nde solemnl. "% never saw her look so pleasant before, that-s what 4ell, there weren-t man. tears shed over her, poor old soul The Elisha 4rights are thankful to be rid of her, and % can-t sa. % blame them a mite " "%t seems to me a most dreadful thing to go out of the world and not leave one person behind .ou who is sorr. .ou are gone," said Anne, shuddering "Nobod. eAcept her parents ever loved poor Atossa, that-s certain, not even her husband," averred 8rs L.nde "#he was his fourth wife 0e-d sort of got into the habit of marr.ing 0e onl. lived a few .ears after he married her The doctor said he died of d.spepsia, but % shall alwa.s maintain that he died of Atossa-s tongue, that-s what 1oor soul, she alwa.s knew ever.thing about her neighbors, but she never was ver. well acquainted with herself 4ell, she-s gone an.how> and % suppose the neAt eAcitement will be 6iana-s wedding " "%t seems funn. and horrible to think of 6iana-s being married," sighed Anne, hugging her knees
and looking through the gap in the 0aunted 4ood to the light that was shining in 6iana-s room "% don-t see what-s horrible about it, when she-s doing so well," said 8rs L.nde emphaticall. "Fred 4right has a fine farm and he is a model .oung man " "0e certainl. isn-t the wild, dashing, wicked, .oung man 6iana once wanted to marr.," smiled Anne "Fred is eAtremel. good " "That-s 7ust what he ought to be 4ould .ou want 6iana to marr. a wicked man@ $r marr. one .ourself@" "$h, no % wouldn-t want to marr. an.bod. who was wicked, but % think %-d like it if he &$3L6 be wicked and 4$3L6N-T Now, Fred is 0$1ELE##L" good " ""ou-ll have more sense some da., % hope," said 8arilla 8arilla spoke rather bitterl. #he was grievousl. disappointed #he knew Anne had refused (ilbert <l.the Avonlea gossip bu==ed over the fact, which had leaked out, nobod. knew how 1erhaps &harlie #loane had guessed and told his guesses for truth 1erhaps 6iana had betra.ed it to Fred and Fred had been indiscreet At all events it was known> 8rs <l.the no longer asked Anne, in public or private, if she had heard latel. from (ilbert, but passed her b. with a frost. bow Anne, who had alwa.s liked (ilbert-s merr., .oung!hearted mother, was grieved in secret over this 8arilla said nothing> but 8rs L.nde gave Anne man. eAasperated digs about it, until fresh gossip reached that worth. lad., through the medium of 8ood. #purgeon 8ac1herson-s mother, that Anne had another "beau" at college, who was rich and handsome and good all in one After that 8rs 5achel held her tongue, though she still wished in her inmost heart that Anne had accepted (ilbert 5iches were all ver. well> but even 8rs 5achel, practical soul though she was, did not consider them the one essential %f Anne "liked" the 0andsome 3nknown better than (ilbert there was nothing more to be said> but 8rs 5achel was dreadfull. afraid that Anne was going to make the mistake of marr.ing for mone. 8arilla knew Anne too well to fear this> but she felt that something in the universal scheme of things had gone sadl. awr. "4hat is to be, will be," said 8rs 5achel gloomil., "and what isn-t to be happens sometimes % can-t help believing it-s going to happen in Anne-s case, if 1rovidence doesn-t interfere, that-s what " 8rs 5achel sighed #he was afraid 1rovidence wouldn-t interfere> and she didn-t dare to Anne had wandered down to the 6r.ad-s <ubble and was curled up among the ferns at the root of the big white birch where she and (ilbert had so often sat in summers gone b. 0e had gone into the newspaper office again when college closed, and Avonlea seemed ver. dull without him 0e never wrote to her, and Anne missed the letters that never came To be sure, 5o. wrote twice a week> his letters were eAquisite compositions which would have read beautifull. in a memoir or biograph. Anne felt herself more deepl. in love with him than ever when she read them> but her heart never gave the queer, quick, painful bound at sight of his letters which it had given one da. when 8rs 0iram #loane had handed her out an envelope addressed in (ilbert-s black, upright handwriting Anne had hurried home to the east gable and opened it eagerl.!!to find a t.pewritten cop. of some college societ. report!!"onl. that and nothing more " Anne flung the harmless screed across her room and sat down to write an especiall. nice epistle to 5o. 6iana was to be married in five more da.s The gra. house at $rchard #lope was in a turmoil of baking and brewing and boiling and stewing, for there was to be a big, old!time. wedding Anne, of course, was to be bridesmaid, as had been arranged when the. were twelve .ears old, and (ilbert was coming from :ingsport to be best man Anne was en7o.ing the eAcitement of the various preparations, but under it all she carried a little heartache #he was, in a sense, losing her dear old chum> 6iana-s new home would be two miles from (reen (ables, and the old constant companionship could never be theirs again Anne looked up at 6iana-s light and thought how it had beaconed to her for man. .ears> but soon it would shine through the summer twilights no more
Two big, painful tears welled up in her gra. e.es "$h," she thought, "how horrible it is that people have to grow upBand marr.!!and &0AN(E?"
Chapter !!I! (iana's %edding
"After all, the onl. real roses are the pink ones," said Anne, as she tied white ribbon around 6iana-s bouquet in the westward!looking gable at $rchard #lope "The. are the flowers of love and faith " 6iana was standing nervousl. in the middle of the room, arra.ed in her bridal white, her black curls frosted over with the film of her wedding veil Anne had draped that veil, in accordance with the sentimental compact of .ears before "%t-s all prett. much as % used to imagine it long ago, when % wept over .our inevitable marriage and our consequent parting," she laughed ""ou are the bride of m. dreams, 6iana, with the -lovel. mist. veil-> and % am "$35 bridesmaid <ut, alas? % haven-t the puffed sleevesBthough these short lace ones are even prettier Neither is m. heart wholl. breaking nor do % eAactl. hate Fred " "4e are not reall. parting, Anne," protested 6iana "%-m not going far awa. 4e-ll love each other 7ust as much as ever 4e-ve alwa.s kept that -oath- of friendship we swore long ago, haven-t we@" ""es 4e-ve kept it faithfull. 4e-ve had a beautiful friendship, 6iana 4e-ve never marred it b. one quarrel or coolness or unkind word> and % hope it will alwa.s be so <ut things can-t be quite the same after this "ou-ll have other interests %-ll 7ust be on the outside <ut -such is life- as 8rs 5achel sa.s 8rs 5achel has given .ou one of her beloved knitted quilts of the -tobacco stripepattern, and she sa.s when % am married she-ll give me one, too " "The mean thing about .our getting married is that % won-t be able to be .our bridesmaid," lamented 6iana "%-m to be 1hil-s bridesmaid neAt 9une, when she marries 8r <lake, and then % must stop, for .ou know the proverb -three times a bridesmaid, never a bride,-" said Anne, peeping through the window over the pink and snow of the blossoming orchard beneath "0ere comes the minister, 6iana " "$h, Anne," gasped 6iana, suddenl. turning ver. pale and beginning to tremble "$h, Anne!!%-m so nervous!!% can-t go through with it!!Anne, % know %-m going to faint " "%f .ou do %-ll drag .ou down to the rainwater hogshed and drop .ou in," said Anne uns.mpatheticall. "&heer up, dearest (etting married can-t be so ver. terrible when so man. people survive the ceremon. #ee how cool and composed % am, and take courage " "4ait till .our turn comes, 8iss Anne $h, Anne, % hear father coming upstairs (ive me m. bouquet %s m. veil right@ Am % ver. pale@" ""ou look 7ust lovel. 6i, darling, kiss me good!b.e for the last time 6iana <arr. will never kiss me again " "6iana 4right will, though There, mother-s calling &ome " Following the simple, old!fashioned wa. in vogue then, Anne went down to the parlor on (ilbert-s arm The. met at the top of the stairs for the first time since the. had left :ingsport, for (ilbert had arrived onl. that da. (ilbert shook hands courteousl. 0e was looking ver. well, though, as Anne instantl. noted, rather thin 0e was not pale> there was a flush on his cheek that had burned into it as Anne came along the hall towards him, in her soft, white dress with lilies!of!the!valle. in the shining masses of her hair As the. entered the crowded parlor together a little murmur of admiration ran around the room "4hat a fine!looking pair the. are," whispered the impressible 8rs 5achel to 8arilla Fred ambled in alone, with a ver. red face, and then 6iana swept in on her father-s arm #he did not
faint, and nothing untoward occurred to interrupt the ceremon. Feasting and merr.!making followed> then, as the evening waned, Fred and 6iana drove awa. through the moonlight to their new home, and (ilbert walked with Anne to (reen (ables #omething of their old comradeship had returned during the informal mirth of the evening $h, it was nice to be walking over that well!known road with (ilbert again? The night was so ver. still that one should have been able to hear the whisper of roses in blossom!! the laughter of daisies!!the piping of grasses!!man. sweet sounds, all tangled up together The beaut. of moonlight on familiar fields irradiated the world "&an-t we take a ramble up Lovers- Lane before .ou go in@" asked (ilbert as the. crossed the bridge over the Lake of #hining 4aters, in which the moon la. like a great, drowned blossom of gold Anne assented readil. Lovers- Lane was a veritable path in a fair.land that night!!a shimmering, m.sterious place, full of wi=ardr. in the white!woven enchantment of moonlight There had been a time when such a walk with (ilbert through Lovers- Lane would have been far too dangerous <ut 5o. and &hristine had made it ver. safe now Anne found herself thinking a good deal about &hristine as she chatted lightl. to (ilbert #he had met her several times before leaving :ingsport, and had been charmingl. sweet to her &hristine had also been charmingl. sweet %ndeed, the. were a most cordial pair <ut for all that, their acquaintance had not ripened into friendship Evidentl. &hristine was not a kindred spirit "Are .ou going to be in Avonlea all summer@" asked (ilbert "No %-m going down east to ,alle. 5oad neAt week Esther 0a.thorne wants me to teach for her through 9ul. and August The. have a summer term in that school, and Esther isn-t feeling well #o %-m going to substitute for her %n one wa. % don-t mind 6o .ou know, %-m beginning to feel a little bit like a stranger in Avonlea now@ %t makes me sorr.!!but it-s true %t-s quite appalling to see the number of children who have shot up into big bo.s and girls!!reall. .oung men and women!!these past two .ears 0alf of m. pupils are grown up %t makes me feel awfull. old to see them in the places .ou and % and our mates used to fill " Anne laughed and sighed #he felt ver. old and mature and wiseBwhich showed how .oung she was #he told herself that she longed greatl. to go back to those dear merr. da.s when life was seen through a ros. mist of hope and illusion, and possessed an indefinable something that had passed awa. forever 4here was it now!!the glor. and the dream@ "-#o wags the world awa.,-" quoted (ilbert practicall., and a trifle absentl. Anne wondered if he were thinking of &hristine $h, Avonlea was going to be so lonel. now!!with 6iana gone?
Chapter !!! *rs0 S inner's &oman#e
Anne stepped off the train at ,alle. 5oad station and looked about to see if an. one had come to meet her #he was to board with a certain 8iss 9anet #weet, but she saw no one who answered in the least to her preconception of that lad., as formed from Esther-s letter The onl. person in sight was an elderl. woman, sitting in a wagon with mail bags piled around her Two hundred would have been a charitable guess at her weight> her face was as round and red as a harvest!moon and almost as featureless #he wore a tight, black, cashmere dress, made in the fashion of ten .ears ago, a little dust. black straw hat trimmed with bows of .ellow ribbon, and faded black lace mits "0ere, .ou," she called, waving her whip at Anne "Are .ou the new ,alle. 5oad schoolma-am@" ""es " "4ell, % thought so ,alle. 5oad is noted for its good!looking schoolma-ams, 7ust as 8illersville is noted for its huml. ones 9anet #weet asked me this morning if % could bring .ou out % said, -#artin % kin, if she don-t mind being scrunched up some This rig of mine-s kinder small for the mail bags and %-m some heftier than Thomas?- 9ust wait, miss, till % shift these bags a bit and %-ll tuck .ou in somehow %t-s onl. two miles to 9anet-s 0er neAt!door neighbor-s hired bo. is coming for .our trunk tonight 8. name is #kinner!!Amelia #kinner " Anne was eventuall. tucked in, eAchanging amused smiles with herself during the process "9og along, black mare," commanded 8rs #kinner, gathering up the reins in her pudg. hands "This is m. first trip on the mail rowte Thomas wanted to hoe his turnips toda. so he asked me to come #o % 7est sot down and took a standing!up snack and started % sorter like it $- course it-s rather te7us 1art of the time % sits and thinks and the rest % 7est sits 9og along, black mare % want to git home airl. Thomas is terrible lonesome when %-m awa. "ou see, we haven-t been married ver. long " "$h?" said Anne politel. "9ust a month Thomas courted me for quite a spell, though %t was real romantic " Anne tried to picture 8rs #kinner on speaking terms with romance and failed "$h@" she said again ""es "-see, there was another man after me 9og along, black mare %-d been a widder so long folks had given up eApecting me to marr. again <ut when m. darter!!she-s a schoolma-am like .ou!! went out 4est to teach % felt real lonesome and wasn-t nowise sot against the idea <ime!b. Thomas began to come up and so did the other feller!!4illiam $badiah #eaman, his name was For a long time % couldn-t make up m. mind which of them to take, and the. kep- coming and coming, and % kep- worr.ing "-see, 4 $ was rich!!he had a fine place and carried considerable st.le 0e was b. far the best match 9og along, black mare " "4h. didn-t .ou marr. him@" asked Anne "4ell, .-see, he didn-t love me," answered 8rs #kinner, solemnl. Anne opened her e.es widel. and looked at 8rs #kinner <ut there was not a glint of humor on that lad.-s face Evidentl. 8rs #kinner saw nothing amusing in her own case "0e-d been a widder!man for three .ers, and his sister kept house for him Then she got married and he 7ust wanted some one to look after his house %t was worth looking after, too, mind .ou that %t-s a handsome house 9og along, black mare As for Thomas, he was poor, and if his house didn-t leak in
dr. weather it was about all that could be said for it, though it looks kind of pictureaskew <ut, .-see, % loved Thomas, and % didn-t care one red cent for 4 $ #o % argued it out with m.self -#arah &rowe,- sa. %!!m. first was a &rowe!!-.ou can marr. .our rich man if .ou like but .ou won-t be happ. Folks can-t get along together in this world without a little bit of love "ou-d 7ust better tie up to Thomas, for he loves .ou and .ou love him and nothing else ain-t going to do .ou - 9og along, black mare #o % told Thomas %-d take him All the time % was getting read. % never dared drive past 4 $ -s place for fear the sight of that fine house of his would put me in the swithers again <ut now % never think of it at all, and %-m 7ust that comfortable and happ. with Thomas 9og along, black mare " "0ow did 4illiam $badiah take it@" queried Anne "$h, he rumpussed a bit <ut he-s going to see a skinn. old maid in 8illersville now, and % guess she-ll take him fast enough #he-ll make him a better wife than his first did 4 $ never wanted to marr. her 0e 7ust asked her to marr. him -cause his father wanted him to, never dreaming but that she-d sa. -no - <ut mind .ou, she said -.es - There was a predicament for .ou 9og along, black mare #he was a great housekeeper, but most awful mean #he wore the same bonnet for eighteen .ears Then she got a new one and 4 $ met her on the road and didn-t know her 9og along, black mare % feel that %-d a narrer escape % might have married him and been most awful miserable, like m. poor cousin, 9ane Ann 9ane Ann married a rich man she didn-t care an.thing about, and she hasn-t the life of a dog #he come to see me last week and sa.s, sa.s she, -#arah #kinner, % env. .ou %-d rather live in a little hut on the side of the road with a man % was fond of than in m. big house with the one %-ve got - 9ane Ann-s man ain-t such a bad sort, nuther, though he-s so contrar. that he wears his fur coat when the thermometer-s at ninet. The onl. wa. to git him to do an.thing is to coaA him to do the opposite <ut there ain-t an. love to smooth things down and it-s a poor wa. of living 9og along, black mare There-s 9anet-s place in the hollow!!-4a.side,- she calls it Cuite pictureaskew, ain-t it@ % guess .ou-ll be glad to git out of this, with all them mail bags 7amming round .ou " ""es, but % have en7o.ed m. drive with .ou ver. much," said Anne sincerel. "(it awa. now?" said 8rs #kinner, highl. flattered "4ait till % tell Thomas that 0e alwa.s feels dretful tickled when % git a compliment 9og along, black mare 4ell, here we are % hope .ou-ll git on well in the school, miss There-s a short cut to it through the ma-sh back of 9anet-s %f .ou take that wa. be awful keerful %f .ou once got stuck in that black mud .ou-d be sucked right down and never seen or heard tell of again till the da. of 7udgment, like Adam 1almer-s cow 9og along, black mare "
Chapter !!!I Anne to Philippa
"Anne #hirle. to 1hilippa (ordon, greeting "4ell!beloved, it-s high time % was writing .ou 0ere am %, installed once more as a countr. -schoolma-am- at ,alle. 5oad, boarding at -4a.side,- the home of 8iss 9anet #weet 9anet is a dear soul and ver. nicelooking> tall, but not over!tall> stoutish, .et with a certain restraint of outline suggestive of a thrift. soul who is not going to be overlavish even in the matter of avoirdupois #he has a knot of soft, crimp., brown hair with a thread of gra. in it, a sunn. face with ros. cheeks, and big, kind e.es as blue as forget!me!nots 8oreover, she is one of those delightful, old!fashioned cooks who don-t care a bit if the. ruin .our digestion as long as the. can give .ou feasts of fat things "% like her> and she likes me!!principall., it seems, because she had a sister named Anne who died .oung "-%-m real glad to see .ou,- she said briskl., when % landed in her .ard -8., .ou don-t look a mite like % eApected % was sure .ou-d be dark!!m. sister Anne was dark And here .ou-re redheaded?"For a few minutes % thought % wasn-t going to like 9anet as much as % had eApected at first sight Then % reminded m.self that % reall. must be more sensible than to be pre7udiced against an. one simpl. because she called m. hair red 1robabl. the word -auburn- was not in 9anet-s vocabular. at all "-4a.side- is a dear sort of little spot The house is small and white, set down in a delightful little hollow that drops awa. from the road <etween road and house is an orchard and flower!garden all miAed up together The front door walk is bordered with quahog clam!shells!!-cow!hawks,- 9anet calls them> there is ,irginia &reeper over the porch and moss on the roof 8. room is a neat little spot -off the parlor-!!7ust big enough for the bed and me $ver the head of m. bed there is a picture of 5obb. <urns standing at 0ighland 8ar.-s grave, shadowed b. an enormous weeping willow tree 5obb.-s face is so lugubrious that it is no wonder % have bad dreams 4h., the first night % was here % dreamed % &$3L6N-T LA3(0 "The parlor is tin. and neat %ts one window is so shaded b. a huge willow that the room has a grotto!like effect of emerald gloom There are wonderful tidies on the chairs, and ga. mats on the floor, and books and cards carefull. arranged on a round table, and vases of dried grass on the mantel!piece <etween the vases is a cheerful decoration of preserved coffin plates!!five in all, pertaining respectivel. to 9anet-s father and mother, a brother, her sister Anne, and a hired man who died here once? %f % go suddenl. insane some of these da.s -know all men b. these presents- that those coffin!plates have caused it "<ut it-s all delightful and % said so 9anet loved me for it, 7ust as she detested poor Esther because Esther had said so much shade was unh.gienic and had ob7ected to sleeping on a feather bed Now, % glor. in feather!beds, and the more unh.gienic and feather. the. are the more % glor. 9anet sa.s it is such a comfort to see me eat> she had been so afraid % would be like 8iss 0a.thorne, who wouldn-t eat an.thing but fruit and hot water for breakfast and tried to make 9anet give up fr.ing things Esther is reall. a dear girl, but she is rather given to fads The trouble is that she hasn-t enough imagination and 0A# a tendenc. to indigestion "9anet told me % could have the use of the parlor when an. .oung men called? % don-t think there are man. to call % haven-t seen a .oung man in ,alle. 5oad .et, eAcept the neAt!door hired bo.!!#am Toliver, a ver. tall, lank, tow!haired .outh 0e came over one evening recentl. and sat for an hour on the garden fence, near the front porch where 9anet and % were doing fanc.!work The onl.
remarks he volunteered in all that time were, -0ev a peppermint, miss? 6ew now!fine thing for carA550, peppermints,- and, -1owerful lot o- 7ump!grasses round here ternight "ep "<ut there is a love affair going on here %t seems to be m. fortune to be miAed up, more or less activel., with elderl. love affairs 8r And 8rs %rving alwa.s sa. that % brought about their marriage 8rs #tephen &lark of &armod. persists in being most grateful to me for a suggestion which somebod. else would probabl. have made if % hadn-t % do reall. think, though, that Ludovic #peed would never have got an. further along than placid courtship if % had not helped him and Theodora 6iA out "%n the present affair % am onl. a passive spectator %-ve tried once to help things along and made an awful mess of it #o % shall not meddle again %-ll tell .ou all about it when we meet "
Chapter !!!II Tea with *rs0 (ouglas
$n the first Thursda. night of Anne-s so7ourn in ,alle. 5oad 9anet asked her to go to pra.er! meeting 9anet blossomed out like a rose to attend that pra.er!meeting #he wore a pale!blue, pans.! sprinkled muslin dress with more ruffles than one would ever have supposed economical 9anet could be guilt. of, and a white leghorn hat with pink roses and three strich feathers on it Anne felt quite ama=ed Later on, she found out 9anet-s motive in so arra.ing herself!!a motive as old as Eden ,alle. 5oad pra.er!meetings seemed to be essentiall. feminine There were thirt.!two women present, two half!grown bo.s, and one solitar. man, beside the minister Anne found herself stud.ing this man 0e was not handsome or .oung or graceful> he had remarkabl. long legsBso long that he had to keep them coiled up under his chair to dispose of them!!and he was stoop! shouldered 0is hands were big, his hair wanted barbering, and his moustache was unkempt <ut Anne thought she liked his face> it was kind and honest and tender> there was something else in it, too!!7ust what, Anne found it hard to define #he finall. concluded that this man had suffered and been strong, and it had been made manifest in his face There was a sort of patient, humorous endurance in his eApression which indicated that he would go to the stake if need be, but would keep on looking pleasant until he reall. had to begin squirming 4hen pra.er!meeting was over this man came up to 9anet and said, "8a. % see .ou home, 9anet@" 9anet took his arm!!"as priml. and sh.l. as if she were no more than siAteen, having her first escort home," Anne told the girls at 1att.-s 1lace later on "8iss #hirle., permit me to introduce 8r 6ouglas," she said stiffl. 8r 6ouglas nodded and said, "% was looking at .ou in pra.er!meeting, miss, and thinking what a nice little girl .ou were " #uch a speech from ninet.!nine people out of a hundred would have anno.ed Anne bitterl.> but the wa. in which 8r 6ouglas said it made her feel that she had received a ver. real and pleasing compliment #he smiled appreciativel. at him and dropped obligingl. behind on the moonlit road #o 9anet had a beau? Anne was delighted 9anet would make a paragon of a wife!!cheer., economical, tolerant, and a ver. queen of cooks %t would be a flagrant waste on Nature-s part to keep her a permanent old maid "9ohn 6ouglas asked me to take .ou up to see his mother," said 9anet the neAt da. "#he-s bed!rid a lot of the time and never goes out of the house <ut she-s powerful fond of compan. and alwa.s wants to see m. boarders &an .ou go up this evening@" Anne assented> but later in the da. 8r 6ouglas called on his mother-s behalf to invite them up to tea on #aturda. evening "$h, wh. didn-t .ou put on .our prett. pans. dress@" asked Anne, when the. left home %t was a hot da., and poor 9anet, between her eAcitement and her heav. black cashmere dress, looked as if she were being broiled alive "$ld 8rs 6ouglas would think it terrible frivolous and unsuitable, %-m afraid 9ohn likes that dress, though," she added wistfull. The old 6ouglas homestead was half a mile from "4a.side" cresting a wind. hill The house itself was large and comfortable, old enough to be dignified, and girdled with maple groves and orchards
There were big, trim barns behind it, and ever.thing bespoke prosperit. 4hatever the patient endurance in 8r 6ouglas- face had meant it hadn-t, so Anne reflected, meant debts and duns 9ohn 6ouglas met them at the door and took them into the sitting!room, where his mother was enthroned in an armchair Anne had eApected old 8rs 6ouglas to be tall and thin, because 8r 6ouglas was %nstead, she was a tin. scrap of a woman, with soft pink cheeks, mild blue e.es, and a mouth like a bab.-s 6ressed in a beautiful, fashionabl.!made black silk dress, with a fluff. white shawl over her shoulders, and her snow. hair surmounted b. a daint. lace cap, she might have posed as a grandmother doll "0ow do .ou do, 9anet dear@" she said sweetl. "% am so glad to see .ou again, dear " #he put up her prett. old face to be kissed "And this is our new teacher %-m delighted to meet .ou 8. son has been singing .our praises until %-m half 7ealous, and %-m sure 9anet ought to be wholl. so " 1oor 9anet blushed, Anne said something polite and conventional, and then ever.bod. sat down and made talk %t was hard work, even for Anne, for nobod. seemed at ease eAcept old 8rs 6ouglas, who certainl. did not find an. difficult. in talking #he made 9anet sit b. her and stroked her hand occasionall. 9anet sat and smiled, looking horribl. uncomfortable in her hideous dress, and 9ohn 6ouglas sat without smiling At the tea table 8rs 6ouglas gracefull. asked 9anet to pour the tea 9anet turned redder than ever but did it Anne wrote a description of that meal to #tella "4e had cold tongue and chicken and strawberr. preserves, lemon pie and tarts and chocolate cake and raisin cookies and pound cake and fruit cake!!and a few other things, including more pie!! caramel pie, % think it was After % had eaten twice as much as was good for me, 8rs 6ouglas sighed and said she feared she had nothing to tempt m. appetite "-%-m afraid dear 9anet-s cooking has spoiled .ou for an. other,- she said sweetl. -$f course nobod. in ,alle. 5oad aspires to rival 0E5 4$N-T .ou have another piece of pie, 8iss #hirle.@ "ou haven-t eaten AN"T0%N( "#tella, % had eaten a helping of tongue and one of chicken, three biscuits, a generous allowance of preserves, a piece of pie, a tart, and a square of chocolate cake?" After tea 8rs 6ouglas smiled benevolentl. and told 9ohn to take "dear 9anet" out into the garden and get her some roses "8iss #hirle. will keep me compan. while .ou are out!!won-t .ou@" she said plaintivel. #he settled down in her armchair with a sigh "% am a ver. frail old woman, 8iss #hirle. For over twent. .ears %-ve been a great sufferer For twent. long, wear. .ears %-ve been d.ing b. inches " "0ow painful?" said Anne, tr.ing to be s.mpathetic and succeeding onl. in feeling idiotic "There have been scores of nights when the.-ve thought % could never live to see the dawn," went on 8rs 6ouglas solemnl. "Nobod. knows what %-ve gone through!!nobod. can know but m.self 4ell, it can-t last ver. much longer now 8. wear. pilgrimage will soon be over, 8iss #hirle. %t is a great comfort to me that 9ohn will have such a good wife to look after him when his mother is gone!!a great comfort, 8iss #hirle. " "9anet is a lovel. woman," said Anne warml. "Lovel.? A beautiful character," assented 8rs 6ouglas "And a perfect housekeeper!!something % never was 8. health would not permit it, 8iss #hirle. % am indeed thankful that 9ohn has made such a wise choice % hope and believe that he will be happ. 0e is m. onl. son, 8iss #hirle., and his happiness lies ver. near m. heart "
"$f course," said Anne stupidl. For the first time in her life she was stupid "et she could not imagine wh. #he seemed to have absolutel. nothing to sa. to this sweet, smiling, angelic old lad. who was patting her hand so kindl. "&ome and see me soon again, dear 9anet," said 8rs 6ouglas lovingl., when the. left ""ou don-t come half often enough <ut then % suppose 9ohn will be bringing .ou here to sta. all the time one of these da.s " Anne, happening to glance at 9ohn 6ouglas, as his mother spoke, gave a positive start of disma. 0e looked as a tortured man might look when his tormentors gave the rack the last turn of possible endurance #he felt sure he must be ill and hurried poor blushing 9anet awa. "%sn-t old 8rs 6ouglas a sweet woman@" asked 9anet, as the. went down the road "8!!m," answered Anne absentl. #he was wondering wh. 9ohn 6ouglas had looked so "#he-s been a terrible sufferer," said 9anet feelingl. "#he takes terrible spells %t keeps 9ohn all worried up 0e-s scared to leave home for fear his mother will take a spell and nobod. there but the hired girl "
Chapter !!!III 'He +ust 1ept Coming and Coming'
Three da.s later Anne came home from school and found 9anet cr.ing Tears and 9anet seemed so incongruous that Anne was honestl. alarmed "$h, what is the matter@" she cried anAiousl. "%-m!!%-m fort. toda.," sobbed 9anet "4ell, .ou were nearl. that .esterda. and it didn-t hurt," comforted Anne, tr.ing not to smile "<ut!!but," went on 9anet with a big gulp, "9ohn 6ouglas won-t ask me to marr. him " "$h, but he will," said Anne lamel. ""ou must give him time, 9anet "Time?" said 9anet with indescribable scorn "0e has had twent. .ears 0ow much time does he want@" "6o .ou mean that 9ohn 6ouglas has been coming to see .ou for twent. .ears@" "0e has And he has never so much as mentioned marriage to me And % don-t believe he ever will now %-ve never said a word to a mortal about it, but it seems to me %-ve 7ust got to talk it out with some one at last or go cra=. 9ohn 6ouglas begun to go with me twent. .ears ago, before mother died 4ell, he kept coming and coming, and after a spell % begun making quilts and things> but he never said an.thing about getting married, onl. 7ust kept coming and coming There wasn-t an.thing % could do 8other died when we-d been going together for eight .ears % thought he ma.be would speak out then, seeing as % was left alone in the world 0e was real kind and feeling, and did ever.thing he could for me, but he never said marr. And that-s the wa. it has been going on ever since 1eople blame 8E for it The. sa. % won-t marr. him because his mother is so sickl. and % don-t want the bother of waiting on her 4h., %-d L$,E to wait on 9ohn-s mother? <ut % let them think so %-d rather the.-d blame me than pit. me? %t-s so dreadful humiliating that 9ohn won-t ask me And 40" won-t he@ #eems to me if % onl. knew his reason % wouldn-t mind it so much " "1erhaps his mother doesn-t want him to marr. an.bod.," suggested Anne "$h, she does #he-s told me time and again that she-d love to see 9ohn settled before her time comes #he-s alwa.s giving him hints!!.ou heard her .ourself the other da. % thought %-d ha- gone through the floor " "%t-s be.ond me," said Anne helplessl. #he thought of Ludovic #peed <ut the cases were not parallel 9ohn 6ouglas was not a man of Ludovic-s t.pe ""ou should show more spirit, 9anet," she went on resolutel. "4h. didn-t .ou send him about his business long ago@" "% couldn-t," said poor 9anet patheticall. ""ou see, Anne, %-ve alwa.s been awful fond of 9ohn 0e might 7ust as well keep coming as not, for there was never an.bod. else %-d want, so it didn-t matter " "<ut it might have made him speak out like a man," urged Anne 9anet shook her head "No, % guess not % was afraid to tr., an.wa., for fear he-d think % meant it and 7ust go % suppose %-m a poor!spirited creature, but that is how % feel And % can-t help it " "$h, .ou &$3L6 help it, 9anet %t isn-t too late .et Take a firm stand Let that man know .ou are
not going to endure his shill.shall.ing an. longer %-LL back .ou up " "% dunno," said 9anet hopelessl. "% dunno if % could ever get up enough spunk Things have drifted so long <ut %-ll think it over " Anne felt that she was disappointed in 9ohn 6ouglas #he had liked him so well, and she had not thought him the sort of man who would pla. fast and loose with a woman-s feelings for twent. .ears 0e certainl. should be taught a lesson, and Anne felt vindictivel. that she would en7o. seeing the process Therefore she was delighted when 9anet told her, as the. were going to pra.er!meeting the neAt night, that she meant to show some "sperrit " "%-ll let 9ohn 6ouglas see %-m not going to be trodden on an. longer " ""ou are perfectl. right," said Anne emphaticall. 4hen pra.er!meeting was over 9ohn 6ouglas came up with his usual request 9anet looked frightened but resolute "No, thank .ou," she said icil. "% know the road home prett. well alone % ought to, seeing %-ve been traveling it for fort. .ears #o .ou needn-t trouble .ourself, 85 6ouglas " Anne was looking at 9ohn 6ouglas> and, in that brilliant moonlight, she saw the last twist of the rack again 4ithout a word he turned and strode down the road "#top? #top?" Anne called wildl. after him, not caring in the least for the other dumbfounded onlookers "8r 6ouglas, stop? &ome back " 9ohn 6ouglas stopped but he did not come back Anne flew down the road, caught his arm and fairl. dragged him back to 9anet ""ou must come back," she said imploringl. "%t-s all a mistake, 8r 6ouglas!!all m. fault % made 9anet do it #he didn-t want to!!but it-s all right now, isn-t it, 9anet@" 4ithout a word 9anet took his arm and walked awa. Anne followed them meekl. home and slipped in b. the back door "4ell, .ou are a nice person to back me up," said 9anet sarcasticall. "% couldn-t help it, 9anet," said Anne repentantl. "% 7ust felt as if % had stood b. and seen murder done % 0A6 to run after him " "$h, %-m 7ust as glad .ou did 4hen % saw 9ohn 6ouglas making off down that road % 7ust felt as if ever. little bit of 7o. and happiness that was left in m. life was going with him %t was an awful feeling " "6id he ask .ou wh. .ou did it@" asked Anne "No, he never said a word about it," replied 9anet dull.
Chapter !!!IV +ohn (ouglas Spea s at Last
Anne was not without a feeble hope that something might come of it after all <ut nothing did 9ohn 6ouglas came and took 9anet driving, and walked home from pra.er!meeting with her, as he had been doing for twent. .ears, and as he seemed likel. to do for twent. .ears more The summer waned Anne taught her school and wrote letters and studied a little 0er walks to and from school were pleasant #he alwa.s went b. wa. of the swamp> it was a lovel. place!!a bogg. soil, green with the greenest of moss. hillocks> a silver. brook meandered through it and spruces stood erectl., their boughs a!trail with gra.!green mosses, their roots overgrown with all sorts of woodland lovelinesses Nevertheless, Anne found life in ,alle. 5oad a little monotonous To be sure, there was one diverting incident #he had not seen the lank, tow!headed #amuel of the peppermints since the evening of his call, save for chance meetings on the road <ut one warm August night he appeared, and solemnl. seated himself on the rustic bench b. the porch 0e wore his usual working habiliments, consisting of varipatched trousers, a blue 7ean shirt, out at the elbows, and a ragged straw hat 0e was chewing a straw and he kept on chewing it while he looked solemnl. at Anne Anne laid her book aside with a sigh and took up her doil. &onversation with #am was reall. out of the question After a long silence #am suddenl. spoke "%-m leaving over there," he said abruptl., waving his straw in the direction of the neighboring house "$h, are .ou@" said Anne politel. ""ep " "And where are .ou going now@" "4all, %-ve been thinking some of gitting a place of m. own There-s one that-d suit me over at 8illersville <ut ef % rents it %-ll want a woman " "% suppose so," said Anne vaguel. ""ep " There was another long silence Finall. #am removed his straw again and said, "4ill .eh hev me@" "4h!!a!!t?" gasped Anne "4ill .eh hev me@" "6o .ou mean!!8A55" .ou@" queried poor Anne feebl. ""ep " "4h., %-m hardl. acquainted with .ou," cried Anne indignantl. "<ut .eh-d git acquainted with me after we was married," said #am Anne gathered up her poor dignit. "&ertainl. % won-t marr. .ou," she said haughtil.
"4all, .eh might do worse," eApostulated #am "%-m a good worker and %-ve got some mone. in the bank " "6on-t speak of this to me again 4hatever put such an idea into .our head@" said Anne, her sense of humor getting the better of her wrath %t was such an absurd situation ""eh-re a likel.!looking girl and hev a right!smart wa. o- stepping," said #am "% don-t want no la=. woman Think it over % won-t change m. mind .it awhile 4all, % must be gitting (otter milk the cows " Anne-s illusions concerning proposals had suffered so much of late .ears that there were few of them left #o she could laugh wholeheartedl. over this one, not feeling an. secret sting #he mimicked poor #am to 9anet that night, and both of them laughed immoderatel. over his plunge into sentiment $ne afternoon, when Anne-s so7ourn in ,alle. 5oad was drawing to a close, Alec 4ard came driving down to "4a.side" in hot haste for 9anet "The. want .ou at the 6ouglas place quick," he said "% reall. believe old 8rs 6ouglas is going to die at last, after pretending to do it for twent. .ears " 9anet ran to get her hat Anne asked if 8rs 6ouglas was worse than usual "#he-s not half as bad," said Alec solemnl., "and that-s what makes me think it-s serious $ther times she-d be screaming and throwing herself all over the place This time she-s l.ing still and mum 4hen 8rs 6ouglas is mum she is prett. sick, .ou bet " ""ou don-t like old 8rs 6ouglas@" said Anne curiousl. "% like cats as %# cats % don-t like cats as is women," was Alec-s cr.ptic repl. 9anet came home in the twilight "8rs 6ouglas is dead," she said wearil. "#he died soon after % got there #he 7ust spoke to me once!!-% suppose .ou-ll marr. 9ohn now@- she said %t cut me to the heart, Anne To think 9ohn-s own mother thought % wouldn-t marr. him because of her? % couldn-t sa. a word eitherBthere were other women there % was thankful 9ohn had gone out " 9anet began to cr. drearil. <ut Anne brewed her a hot drink of ginger tea to her comforting To be sure, Anne discovered later on that she had used white pepper instead of ginger> but 9anet never knew the difference The evening after the funeral 9anet and Anne were sitting on the front porch steps at sunset The wind had fallen asleep in the pinelands and lurid sheets of heat!lightning flickered across the northern skies 9anet wore her ugl. black dress and looked her ver. worst, her e.es and nose red from cr.ing The. talked little, for 9anet seemed faintl. to resent Anne-s efforts to cheer her up #he plainl. preferred to be miserable #uddenl. the gate!latch clicked and 9ohn 6ouglas strode into the garden 0e walked towards them straight over the geranium bed 9anet stood up #o did Anne Anne was a tall girl and wore a white dress> but 9ohn 6ouglas did not see her "9anet," he said, "will .ou marr. me@" The words burst out as if the. had been wanting to be said for twent. .ears and 83#T be uttered now, before an.thing else 9anet-s face was so red from cr.ing that it couldn-t turn an. redder, so it turned a most unbecoming purple
"4h. didn-t .ou ask me before@" she said slowl. "% couldn-t #he made me promise not to!!mother made me promise not to Nineteen .ears ago she took a terrible spell 4e thought she couldn-t live through it #he implored me to promise not to ask .ou to marr. me while she was alive % didn-t want to promise such a thing, even though we all thought she couldn-t live ver. long!!the doctor onl. gave her siA months <ut she begged it on her knees, sick and suffering % had to promise " "4hat had .our mother against me@" cried 9anet "Nothing!!nothing #he 7ust didn-t want another woman!!AN" womanBthere while she was living #he said if % didn-t promise she-d die right there and %-d have killed her #o % promised And she-s held me to that promise ever since, though %-ve gone on m. knees to her in m. turn to beg her to let me off " "4h. didn-t .ou tell me this@" asked 9anet chokingl. "%f %-d onl. :N$4N? 4h. didn-t .ou 7ust tell me@" "#he made me promise % wouldn-t tell a soul," said 9ohn hoarsel. "#he swore me to it on the <ible> 9anet, %-d never have done it if %-d dreamed it was to be for so long 9anet, .ou-ll never know what %-ve suffered these nineteen .ears % know %-ve made .ou suffer, too, but .ou-ll marr. me for all, won-t .ou, 9anet@ $h, 9anet, won-t .ou@ %-ve come as soon as % could to ask .ou " At this moment the stupefied Anne came to her senses and reali=ed that she had no business to be there #he slipped awa. and did not see 9anet until the neAt morning, when the latter told her the rest of the stor. "That cruel, relentless, deceitful old woman?" cried Anne "0ush!!she-s dead," said 9anet solemnl. "%f she wasn-t!!but she %# #o we mustn-t speak evil of her <ut %-m happ. at last, Anne And % wouldn-t have minded waiting so long a bit if %-d onl. known wh. " "4hen are .ou to be married@" "NeAt month $f course it will be ver. quiet % suppose people will talk terrible The.-ll sa. % made enough haste to snap 9ohn up as soon as his poor mother was out of the wa. 9ohn wanted to let them know the truth but % said, -No, 9ohn> after all she was .our mother, and we-ll keep the secret between us, and not cast an. shadow on her memor. % don-t mind what people sa., now that % know the truth m.self %t don-t matter a mite Let it all be buried with the dead- sa.s % to him #o % coaAed him round to agree with me " ""ou-re much more forgiving than % could ever be," Anne said, rather crossl. ""ou-ll feel differentl. about a good man. things when .ou get to be m. age," said 9anet tolerantl. "That-s one of the things we learn as we grow older!!how to forgive %t comes easier at fort. than it did at twent. "
Chapter !!!V The Last &edmond .ear 2pens
"0ere we are, all back again, nicel. sunburned and re7oicing as a strong man to run a race," said 1hil, sitting down on a suitcase with a sigh of pleasure "%sn-t it 7oll. to see this dear old 1att.-s 1lace againBand Aunt.!!and the cats@ 5ust. has lost another piece of ear, hasn-t he@" "5ust. would be the nicest cat in the world if he had no ears at all," declared Anne lo.all. from her trunk, while 5ust. writhed about her lap in a fren=. of welcome "Aren-t .ou glad to see us back, Aunt.@" demanded 1hil ""es <ut % wish .ou-d tid. things up," said Aunt 9amesina plaintivel., looking at the wilderness of trunks and suitcases b. which the four laughing, chattering girls were surrounded ""ou can talk 7ust as well later on 4ork first and then pla. used to be m. motto when % was a girl " "$h, we-ve 7ust reversed that in this generation, Aunt. $35 motto is pla. .our pla. and then dig in "ou can do .our work so much better if .ou-ve had a good bout of pla. first " "%f .ou are going to marr. a minister," said Aunt 9amesina, picking up 9oseph and her knitting and resigning herself to the inevitable with thecharming grace that made her the queen of housemothers, ".ou will have to give up such eApressions as -dig in -" "4h.@" moaned 1hil "$h, wh. must a minister-s wife be supposed to utter onl. prunes and prisms@ % shan-t Ever.bod. on 1atterson #treet uses slang!!that is to sa., metaphorical language!!and if % didn-t the. would think me insufferabl. proud and stuck up " "0ave .ou broken the news to .our famil.@" asked 1riscilla, feeding the #arah!cat bits from her lunchbasket 1hil nodded "0ow did the. take it@" "$h, mother rampaged <ut % stood rockfirm!!even %, 1hilippa (ordon, who never before could hold fast to an.thing Father was calmer Father-s own dadd. was a minister, so .ou see he has a soft spot in his heart for the cloth % had 9o up to 8ount 0oll., after mother grew calm, and the. both loved him <ut mother gave him some frightful hints in ever. conversation regarding what she had hoped for me $h, m. vacation pathwa. hasn-t been eAactl. strewn with roses, girls dear <ut!!%-ve won out and %-ve got 9o Nothing else matters " "To .ou," said Aunt 9amesina darkl. "Nor to 9o, either," retorted 1hil ""ou keep on pit.ing him 4h., pra.@ % think he-s to be envied 0e-s getting brains, beaut., and a heart of gold in 8E " "%t-s well we know how to take .our speeches," said Aunt 9amesina patientl. "% hope .ou don-t talk like that before strangers 4hat would the. think@" "$h, % don-t want to know what the. think % don-t want to see m.self as others see me %-m sure it would be horribl. uncomfortable most of the time % don-t believe <urns was reall. sincere in that pra.er, either " "$h, % daresa. we all pra. for some things that we reall. don-t want, if we were onl. honest enough to look into our hearts," owned Aunt 9amesina candidl. "%-ve a notion that such pra.ers don-t rise ver. far D%D used to pra. that % might be enabled to forgive a certain person, but % know now % reall. didn-t want to forgive her 4hen % finall. got that % 6%6 want to % forgave her without having
to pra. about it " "% can-t picture .ou as being unforgiving for long," said #tella "$h, % used to be <ut holding spite doesn-t seem worth while when .ou get along in .ears " "That reminds me," said Anne, and told the tale of 9ohn and 9anet "And now tell us about that romantic scene .ou hinted so darkl. at in one of .our letters," demanded 1hil Anne acted out #amuel-s proposal with great spirit The girls shrieked with laughter and Aunt 9amesina smiled "%t isn-t in good taste to make fun of .our beauA," she said severel.> "but," she added calml., "% alwa.s did it m.self " "Tell us about .our beauA, Aunt.," entreated 1hil ""ou must have had an. number of them " "The.-re not in the past tense," retorted Aunt 9amesina "%-ve got them .et There are three old widowers at home who have been casting sheep-s e.es at me for some time "ou children needn-t think .ou own all the romance in the world " "4idowers and sheep-s e.es don-t sound ver. romantic, Aunt. " "4ell, no> but .oung folks aren-t alwa.s romantic either #ome of m. beauA certainl. weren-t % used to laugh at them scandalous, poor bo.s There was 9im Elwood!!he was alwa.s in a sort of da.!dream!!never seemed to sense what was going on 0e didn-t wake up to the fact that %-d said -notill a .ear after %-d said it 4hen he did get married his wife fell out of the sleigh one night when the. were driving home from church and he never missed her Then there was 6an 4inston 0e knew too much 0e knew ever.thing in this world and most of what is in the neAt 0e could give .ou an answer to an. question, even if .ou asked him when the 9udgment 6a. was to be 8ilton Edwards was real nice and % liked him but % didn-t marr. him For one thing, he took a week to get a 7oke through his head, and for another he never asked me 0oratio 5eeve was the most interesting beau % ever had <ut when he told a stor. he dressed it up so that .ou couldn-t see it for frills % never could decide whether he was l.ing or 7ust letting his imagination run loose " "And what about the others, Aunt.@" "(o awa. and unpack," said Aunt 9amesina, waving 9oseph at them b. mistake for a needle "The others were too nice to make fun of % shall respect their memor. There-s a boA of flowers in .our room, Anne The. came about an hour ago " After the first week the girls of 1att.-s 1lace settled down to a stead. grind of stud.> for this was their last .ear at 5edmond and graduation honors must be fought for persistentl. Anne devoted herself to English, 1riscilla pored over classics, and 1hilippa pounded awa. at 8athematics #ometimes the. grew tired, sometimes the. felt discouraged, sometimes nothing seemed worth the struggle for it %n one such mood #tella wandered up to the blue room one rain. November evening Anne sat on the floor in a little circle of light cast b. the lamp beside her, amid a surrounding snow of crumpled manuscript "4hat in the world are .ou doing@" "9ust looking over some old #tor. &lub .arns % wanted something to cheer AN6 inebriate %-d studied until the world seemed a=ure #o % came up here and dug these out of m. trunk The. are so drenched in tears and traged. that the. are eAcruciatingl. funn. " "%-m blue and discouraged m.self," said #tella, throwing herself on the couch "Nothing seems
worthwhile 8. ver. thoughts are old %-ve thought them all before 4hat is the use of living after all, Anne@" "0one., it-s 7ust brain fag that makes us feel that wa., and the weather A pouring rain. night like this, coming after a hard da.-s grind, would squelch an. one but a 8ark Taple. "ou know it %# worthwhile to live " "$h, % suppose so <ut % can-t prove it to m.self 7ust now " "9ust think of all the great and noble souls who have lived and worked in the world," said Anne dreamil. "%sn-t it worthwhile to come after them and inherit what the. won and taught@ %sn-t it worthwhile to think we can share their inspiration@ And then, all the great souls that will come in the future@ %sn-t it worthwhile to work a little and prepare the wa. for them!!make 7ust one step in their path easier@" "$h, m. mind agrees with .ou, Anne <ut m. soul remains doleful and uninspired %-m alwa.s grubb. and ding. on rain. nights " "#ome nights % like the rain!!% like to lie in bed and hear it pattering on the roof and drifting through the pines " "% like it when it sta.s on the roof," said #tella "%t doesn-t alwa.s % spent a gruesome night in an old countr. farmhouse last summer The roof leaked and the rain came pattering down on m. bed There was no poetr. in T0AT % had to get up in the -mirk midnight- and chiv. round to pull the bedstead out of the drip!!and it was one of those solid, old!fashioned beds that weigh a ton!!more or less And then that drip!drop, drip!drop kept up all night until m. nerves 7ust went to pieces "ou-ve no idea what an eerie noise a great drop of rain falling with a mush. thud on a bare floor makes in the night %t sounds like ghostl. footsteps and all that sort of thing 4hat are .ou laughing over, Anne@" "These stories As 1hil would sa. the. are killing!!in more senses than one, for ever.bod. died in them 4hat da==lingl. lovel. heroines we had!!and how we dressed them? "#ilks!!satins!!velvets!!7ewels!!laces!!the. never wore an.thing else 0ere is one of 9ane Andrewsstories depicting her heroine as sleeping in a beautiful white satin nightdress trimmed with seed pearls " "(o on," said #tella "% begin to feel that life is worth living as long as there-s a laugh in it " "0ere-s one % wrote 8. heroine is disporting herself at a ball -glittering from head to foot with large diamonds of the first water - <ut what booted beaut. or rich attire@ -The paths of glor. lead but to the grave - The. must either be murdered or die of a broken heart There was no escape for them " "Let me read some of .our stories " "4ell, here-s m. masterpiece Note its cheerful title!!-8. (raves - % shed quarts of tears while writing it, and the other girls shed gallons while % read it 9ane Andrews- mother scolded her frightfull. because she had so man. handkerchiefs in the wash that week %t-s a harrowing tale of the wanderings of a 8ethodist minister-s wife % made her a 8ethodist because it was necessar. that she should wander #he buried achild ever. place she lived in There were nine of them and their graves were severed far apart, ranging from Newfoundland to ,ancouver % described the children, pictured their several death beds, and detailed their tombstones and epitaphs % had intended to bur. the whole nine but when % had disposed of eight m. invention of horrors gave out and % permitted the ninth to live as a hopeless cripple " 4hile #tella read 8. (raves, punctuating its tragic paragraphs with chuckles, and 5ust. slept the sleep of a 7ust cat who has been out all night curled up on a 9ane Andrews tale of a beautiful maiden
of fifteen who went to nurse in a leper colon.!!of course d.ing of the loathsome disease finall.!! Anne glanced over the other manuscripts and recalled the old da.s at Avonlea school when the members of the #tor. &lub, sitting under the spruce trees or down among the ferns b. the brook, had written them 4hat fun the. had had? 0ow the sunshine and mirth of those olden summers returned as she read Not all the glor. that was (reece or the grandeur that was 5ome could weave such wi=ardr. as those funn., tearful tales of the #tor. &lub Among the manuscripts Anne found one written on sheets of wrapping paper A wave of laughter filled her gra. e.es as she recalled the time and place of its genesis %t was the sketch she had written the da. she fell through the roof of the &obb duckhouse on the Tor. 5oad Anne glanced over it, then fell to reading it intentl. %t was a little dialogue between asters and sweet!peas, wild canaries in the lilac bush, and the guardian spirit of the garden After she had read it, she sat, staring into space> and when #tella had gone she smoothed out the crumpled manuscript "% believe % will," she said resolutel.
Chapter !!!VI The Gardners'Call
"0ere is a letter with an %ndian stamp for .ou, Aunt 9imsie," said 1hil "0ere are three for #tella, and two for 1ris, and a glorious fat one for me from 9o There-s nothing for .ou, Anne, eAcept a circular " Nobod. noticed Anne-s flush as she took the thin letter 1hil tossed her carelessl. <ut a few minutes later 1hil looked up to see a transfigured Anne "0one., what good thing has happened@" "The "outh-s Friend has accepted a little sketch % sent them a fortnight ago," said Anne, tr.ing hard to speak as if she were accustomed to having sketches accepted ever. mail, but not quite succeeding "Anne #hirle.? 0ow glorious? 4hat was it@ 4hen is it to be published@ 6id the. pa. .ou for it@" ""es> the.-ve sent a check for ten dollars, and the editor writes that he would like to see more of m. work 6ear man, he shall %t was an old sketch % found in m. boA % re!wrote it and sent it in!!but % never reall. thought it could be accepted because it had no plot," said Anne, recalling the bitter eAperience of Averil-s Atonement "4hat are .ou going to do with that ten dollars, Anne@ Let-s all go up town and get drunk," suggested 1hil "% A8 going to squander it in a wild soulless revel of some sort," declared Anne gail. "At all events it isn-t tainted mone.!!like the check % got for that horrible 5eliable <aking 1owder stor. % spent %T usefull. for clothes and hated them ever. time % put them on " "Think of having a real live author at 1att.-s 1lace," said 1riscilla "%t-s a great responsibilit.," said Aunt 9amesina solemnl. "%ndeed it is," agreed 1ris with equal solemnit. "Authors are kittle cattle "ou never know when or how the. will break out Anne ma. make cop. of us " "% meant that the abilit. to write for the 1ress was a great responsibilit.," said Aunt 9amesina severel., "and % hope Anne reali=es, it 8. daughter used to write stories before she went to the foreign field, but now she has turned her attention to higher things #he used to sa. her motto was -Never write a line .ou would be ashamed to read at .our own funeral - "ou-d better take that for .ours, Anne, if .ou are going to embark in literature Though, to be sure," added Aunt 9amesina perpleAedl., "Eli=abeth alwa.s used to laugh when she said it #he alwa.s laughed so much that % don-t know how she ever came to decide on being a missionar. %-m thankful she did!!% pra.ed that she might!!but!!% wish she hadn-t " Then Aunt 9amesina wondered wh. those gidd. girls all laughed Anne-s e.es shone all that da.> literar. ambitions sprouted and budded in her brain> their eAhilaration accompanied her to 9ennie &ooper-s walking part., and not even the sight of (ilbert and &hristine, walking 7ust ahead of her and 5o., could quite subdue the sparkle of her starr. hopes Nevertheless, she was not so rapt from things of earth as to be unable to notice that &hristine-s walk was decidedl. ungraceful "<ut % suppose (ilbert looks onl. at her face #o like a man," thought Anne scornfull. "#hall .ou be home #aturda. afternoon@" asked 5o.
""es " "8. mother and sisters are coming to call on .ou," said 5o. quietl. #omething went over Anne which might be described as a thrill, but it was hardl. a pleasant one #he had never met an. of 5o.-s famil.> she reali=ed the significance of his statement> and it had, somehow, an irrevocableness about it that chilled her "% shall be glad to see them," she said flatl.> and then wondered if she reall. would be glad #he ought to be, of course <ut would it not be something of an ordeal@ (ossip had filtered to Anne regarding the light in which the (ardners viewed the "infatuation" of son and brother 5o. must have brought pressure to bear in the matter of this call Anne knew she would be weighed in the balance From the fact that the. had consented to call she understood that, willingl. or unwillingl., the. regarded her as a possible member of their clan "% shall 7ust be m.self % shall not T5" to make a good impression," thought Anne loftil. <ut she was wondering what dress she would better wear #aturda. afternoon, and if the new st.le of high hair!dressing would suit her better than the old> and the walking part. was rather spoiled for her <. night she had decided that she would wear her brown chiffon on #aturda., but would do her hair low Frida. afternoon none of the girls had classes at 5edmond #tella took the opportunit. to write a paper for the 1hilomathic #ociet., and was sitting at the table in the corner of the living!room with an untid. litter of notes and manuscript on the floor around her #tella alwa.s vowed she never could write an.thing unless she threw each sheet down as she completed it Anne, in her flannel blouse and serge skirt, with her hair rather blown from her wind. walk home, was sitting squarel. in the middle of the floor, teasing the #arah!cat with a wishbone 9oseph and 5ust. were both curled up in her lap A warm plumm. odor filled the whole house, for 1riscilla was cooking in the kitchen 1resentl. she came in, enshrouded in a huge work!apron, with a smudge of flour on her nose, to show Aunt 9amesina the chocolate cake she had 7ust iced At this auspicious moment the knocker sounded Nobod. paid an. attention to it save 1hil, who sprang up and opened it, eApecting a bo. with the hat she had bought that morning $n the doorstep stood 8rs (ardner and her daughters Anne scrambled to her feet somehow, empt.ing two indignant cats out of her lap as she did so, and mechanicall. shifting her wishbone from her right hand to her left 1riscilla, who would have had to cross the room to reach the kitchen door, lost her head, wildl. plunged the chocolate cake under a cushion on the inglenook sofa, and dashed upstairs #tella began feverishl. gathering up her manuscript $nl. Aunt 9amesina and 1hil remained normal Thanks to them, ever.bod. was soon sitting at ease, even Anne 1riscilla came down, apronless and smudgeless, #tella reduced her corner to decenc., and 1hil saved the situation b. a stream of read. small talk 8rs (ardner was tall and thin and handsome, eAquisitel. gowned, cordial with a cordialit. that seemed a trifle forced Aline (ardner was a .ounger edition of her mother, lacking the cordialit. #he endeavored to be nice, but succeeded onl. in being haught. and patroni=ing 6oroth. (ardner was slim and 7oll. and rather tombo.ish Anne knew she was 5o.-s favorite sister and warmed to her #he would have looked ver. much like 5o. if she had had dream. dark e.es instead of roguish ha=el ones Thanks to her and 1hil, the call reall. went off ver. well, eAcept for a slight sense of strain in the atmosphere and two rather untoward incidents 5ust. and 9oseph, left to themselves, began a game of chase, and sprang madl. into 8rs (ardner-s silken lap and out of it in their wild career 8rs (ardner lifted her lorgnette and ga=ed after their fl.ing forms as if she had never seen cats before, and Anne, choking back slightl. nervous laughter, apologi=ed as best she could ""ou are fond of cats@" said 8rs (ardner, with a slight intonation of tolerant wonder
Anne, despite her affection for 5ust., was not especiall. fond of cats, but 8rs (ardner-s tone anno.ed her %nconsequentl. she remembered that 8rs 9ohn <l.the was so fond of cats that she kept as man. as her husband would allow "The. A5E adorable animals, aren-t the.@" she said wickedl. "% have never liked cats," said 8rs (ardner remotel. "% love them," said 6oroth. "The. are so nice and selfish 6ogs are T$$ good and unselfish The. make me feel uncomfortable <ut cats are gloriousl. human " ""ou have two delightful old china dogs there 8a. % look at them closel.@" said Aline, crossing the room towards the fireplace and thereb. becoming the unconscious cause of the other accident 1icking up 8agog, she sat down on the cushion under which was secreted 1riscilla-s chocolate cake 1riscilla and Anne eAchanged agoni=ed glances but could do nothing The statel. Aline continued to sit on the cushion and discuss china dogs until the time of departure 6oroth. lingered behind a moment to squee=e Anne-s hand and whisper impulsivel. "% :N$4 .ou and % are going to be chums $h, 5o. has told me all about .ou %-m the onl. one of the famil. he tells things to, poor bo.Bnobod. &$3L6 confide in mamma and Aline, .ou know 4hat glorious times .ou girls must have here? 4on-t .ou let me come often and have a share in them@" "&ome as often as .ou like," Anne responded heartil., thankful that one of 5o.-s sisters was likable #he would never like Aline, so much was certain> and Aline would never like her, though 8rs (ardner might be won Altogether, Anne sighed with relief when the ordeal was over "-$f all sad words of tongue or pen The saddest are it might have been,-" quoted 1riscilla tragicall., lifting the cushion "This cake is now what .ou might call a flat failure And the cushion is likewise ruined Never tell me that Frida. isn-t unluck. " "1eople who send word the. are coming on #aturda. shouldn-t come on Frida.," said Aunt 9amesina "% fanc. it was 5o.-s mistake," said 1hil "That bo. isn-t reall. responsible for what he sa.s when he talks to Anne 4here %# Anne@" Anne had gone upstairs #he felt oddl. like cr.ing <ut she made herself laugh instead 5ust. and 9oseph had been T$$ awful? And 6oroth. 4A# a dear
Chapter !!!VII Full-fledged 30A0's
"% wish % were dead, or that it were tomorrow night," groaned 1hil "%f .ou live long enough both wishes will come true," said Anne calml. "%t-s eas. for .ou to be serene "ou-re at home in 1hilosoph. %-m not!!and when % think of that horrible paper tomorrow % quail %f % should fail in it what would 9o sa.@" ""ou won-t fail 0ow did .ou get on in (reek toda.@" "% don-t know 1erhaps it was a good paper and perhaps it was bad enough to make 0omer turn over in his grave %-ve studied and mulled over notebooks until %-m incapable of forming an opinion of an.thing 0ow thankful little 1hil will be when all this eAaminating is over " "EAaminating@ % never heard such a word " "4ell, haven-t % as good a right to make a word as an. one else@" demanded 1hil "4ords aren-t made!!the. grow," said Anne "Never mind!!% begin faintl. to discern clear water ahead where no eAamination breakers loom (irls, do .ou!!can .ou reali=e that our 5edmond Life is almost over@" "% can-t," said Anne, sorrowfull. "%t seems 7ust .esterda. that 1ris and % were alone in that crowd of Freshmen at 5edmond And now we are #eniors in our final eAaminations " "-1otent, wise, and reverend #eniors,-" quoted 1hil "6o .ou suppose we reall. are an. wiser than when we came to 5edmond@" ""ou don-t act as if .ou were b. times," said Aunt 9amesina severel. "$h, Aunt 9imsie, haven-t we been prett. good girls, take us b. and large, these three winters .ou-ve mothered us@" pleaded 1hil ""ou-ve been four of the dearest, sweetest, goodest girls that ever went together through college," averred Aunt 9amesina, who never spoiled a compliment b. misplaced econom. "<ut % mistrust .ou haven-t an. too much sense .et %t-s not to be eApected, of course EAperience teaches sense "ou can-t learn it in a college course "ou-ve been to college four .ears and % never was, but % know heaps more than .ou do, .oung ladies " "-There are lots of things that never go b. rule, There-s a powerful pile o- knowledge That .ou never get at college, There are heaps of things .ou never learn at school,-" quoted #tella "0ave .ou learned an.thing at 5edmond eAcept dead languages and geometr. and such trash@" queried Aunt 9amesina "$h, .es % think we have, Aunt.," protested Anne "4e-ve learned the truth of what 1rofessor 4oodleigh told us last 1hilomathic," said 1hil "0e said, -0umor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of eAistence Laugh at .our mistakes but learn from
them, 7oke over .our troubles but gather strength from them, make a 7est of .our difficulties but overcome them - %sn-t that worth learning, Aunt 9imsie@" ""es, it is, dearie 4hen .ou-ve learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn-t, .ou-ve got wisdom and understanding " "4hat have .ou got out of .our 5edmond course, Anne@" murmured 1riscilla aside "% think," said Anne slowl., "that % reall. have learned to look upon each little hindrance as a 7est and each great one as the foreshadowing of victor. #umming up, % think that is what 5edmond has given me " "% shall have to fall back on another 1rofessor 4oodleigh quotation to eApress what it has done for me," said 1riscilla ""ou remember that he said in his address, -There is so much in the world for us all if we onl. have the e.es to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves!! so much in men and women, so much in art and literature, so much ever.where in which to delight, and for which to be thankful - % think 5edmond has taught me that in some measure, Anne " "9udging from what .ou all, sa." remarked Aunt 9amesina, "the sum and substance is that .ou can learn!!if .ou-ve got natural gumption enough!!in four .ears at college what it would take about twent. .ears of living to teach .ou 4ell, that 7ustifies higher education in m. opinion %t-s a matter % was alwa.s dubious about before " "<ut what about people who haven-t natural gumption, Aunt 9imsie@" "1eople who haven-t natural gumption never learn," retorted Aunt 9amesina, "neither in college nor life %f the. live to be a hundred the. reall. don-t know an.thing more than when the. were born %t-s their misfortune not their fault, poor souls <ut those of us who have some gumption should dul. thank the Lord for it " "4ill .ou please define what gumption is, Aunt 9imsie@" asked 1hil "No, % won-t, .oung woman An. one who has gumption knows what it is, and an. one who hasn-t can never know what it is #o there is no need of defining it " The bus. da.s flew b. and eAaminations were over Anne took 0igh 0onors in English 1riscilla took 0onors in &lassics, and 1hil in 8athematics #tella obtained a good all!round showing Then came &onvocation "This is what % would once have called an epoch in m. life," said Anne, as she took 5o.-s violets out of their boA and ga=ed at them thoughtfull. #he meant to carr. them, of course, but her e.es wandered to another boA on her table %t was filled with lilies!of!the!valle., as fresh and fragrant as those which bloomed in the (reen (ables .ard when 9une came to Avonlea (ilbert <l.the-s card la. beside it Anne wondered wh. (ilbert should have sent her flowers for &onvocation #he had seen ver. little of him during the past winter 0e had come to 1att.-s 1lace onl. one Frida. evening since the &hristmas holida.s, and the. rarel. met elsewhere #he knew he was stud.ing ver. hard, aiming at 0igh 0onors and the &ooper 1ri=e, and he took little part in the social doings of 5edmond Anne-s own winter had been quite ga. sociall. #he had seen a good deal of the (ardners> she and 6oroth. were ver. intimate> college circles eApected the announcement of her engagement to 5o. an. da. Anne eApected it herself "et 7ust before she left 1att.-s 1lace for &onvocation she flung 5o.-s violets aside and put (ilbert-s lilies!of!the!valle. in their place #he could not have told wh. she did it #omehow, old Avonlea da.s and dreams and friendships seemed ver. close to her in this attainment of her long!cherished ambitions #he and (ilbert had once picturedout merril. the da. on which the. should be capped and gowned graduates in Arts The wonderful da. had come and 5o.-s violets had no place in it $nl. her old friend-s flowers seemed to belong to this fruition of
old!blossoming hopes which he had once shared For .ears this da. had beckoned and allured to her> but when it came the one single, keen, abiding memor. it left with her was not that of the breathless moment when the statel. president of 5edmond gave her cap and diploma and hailed her < A > it was not of the flash in (ilbert-s e.es when he saw her lilies, nor the pu==led pained glance 5o. gave her as he passed her on the platform %t was not of Aline (ardner-s condescending congratulations, or 6oroth.-s ardent, impulsive good wishes %t was of one strange, unaccountable pang that spoiled this long!eApected da. for her and left in it a certain faint but enduring flavor of bitterness The Arts graduates gave a graduation dance that night 4hen Anne dressed for it she tossed aside the pearl beads she usuall. wore and took from her trunk the small boA that had come to (reen (ables on &hristmas da. %n it was a thread!like gold chain with a tin. pink enamel heart as a pendant $n the accompan.ing card was written, "4ith all good wishes from .our old chum, (ilbert " Anne, laughing over the memor. the enamel heart con7ured up the fatal da. when (ilbert had called her "&arrots" and vainl. tried to make his peace with a pink cand. heart, had written him a nice little note of thanks <ut she had never worn the trinket Tonight she fastened it about her white throat with a dream. smile #he and 1hil walked to 5edmond together Anne walked in silence> 1hil chattered of man. things #uddenl. she said, "% heard toda. that (ilbert <l.the-s engagement to &hristine #tuart was to be announced as soon as &onvocation was over 6id .ou hear an.thing of it@" "No," said Anne "% think it-s true," said 1hil lightl. Anne did not speak %n the darkness she felt her face burning #he slipped her hand inside her collar and caught at the gold chain $ne energetic twist and it gave wa. Anne thrust the broken trinket into her pocket 0er hands were trembling and her e.es were smarting <ut she was the ga.est of all the ga. revellers that night, and told (ilbert unregretfull. that her card was full when he came to ask her for a dance Afterwards, when she sat with the girls before the d.ing embers at 1att.-s 1lace, removing the spring chilliness from their satin skins, none chatted more blithel. than she of the da.-s events "8ood. #purgeon 8ac1herson called here tonight after .ou left," said Aunt 9amesina, who had sat up to keep the fire on "0e didn-t know about the graduation dance That bo. ought to sleep with a rubber band around his head to train his ears not to stick out % had a beau once who did that and it improved him immensel. %t was % who suggested it to him and he took m. advice, but he never forgave me for it " "8ood. #purgeon is a ver. serious .oung man," .awned 1riscilla "0e is concerned with graver matters than his ears 0e is going to be aminister, .ou know " "4ell, % suppose the Lord doesn-t regard the ears of a man," said Aunt 9amesina gravel., dropping all further criticism of 8ood. #purgeon Aunt 9amesina had a proper respect for the cloth even in the case of an unfledged parson
Chapter !!!VIII False (awn
"9ust imagine!!this night week %-ll be in Avonlea!!delightful thought?" said Anne, bending over the boA in which she was packing 8rs 5achel L.nde-s quilts "<ut 7ust imagine!!this night week %-ll be gone forever from 1att.-s 1lace!!horrible thought?" "% wonder if the ghost of all our laughter will echo through the maiden dreams of 8iss 1att. and 8iss 8aria," speculated 1hil 8iss 1att. and 8iss 8aria were coming home, after having trotted over most of the habitable globe "4e-ll be back the second week in 8a." wrote 8iss 1att. "% eApect 1att.-s 1lace will seem rather small after the 0all of the :ings at :arnak, but % never did like big places to live in And %-ll be glad enough to be home again 4hen .ou start traveling late in life .ou-re apt to do too much of it because .ou know .ou haven-t much time left, and it-s a thing that grows on .ou %-m afraid 8aria will never be contented again " "% shall leave here m. fancies and dreams to bless the neAt comer," said Anne, looking around the blue room wistfull.!!her prett. blue room where she had spent three such happ. .ears #he had knelt at its window to pra. and had bent from it to watch the sunset behind the pines #he had heard the autumn raindrops beating against it and had welcomed the spring robins at its sill #he wondered if old dreams could haunt rooms!!if, when one left forever the room where she had 7o.ed and suffered and laughed and wept, something of her, intangible and invisible, .et nonetheless real, did not remain behind like a voiceful memor. "% think," said 1hil, "that a room where one dreams and grieves and re7oices and lives becomes inseparabl. connected with those processes and acquires a personalit. of its own % am sure if % came into this room fift. .ears from now it would sa. -Anne, Anne- to me 4hat nice times we-ve had here, hone.? 4hat chats and 7okes and good chumm. 7amborees? $h, dear me? %-m to marr. 9o in 9une and % know % will be rapturousl. happ. <ut 7ust now % feel as if % wanted this lovel. 5edmond life to go on forever " "%-m unreasonable enough 7ust now to wish that, too," admitted Anne "No matter what deeper 7o.s ma. come to us later on we-ll never again have7ust the same delightful, irresponsible eAistence we-ve had here %t-s over forever, 1hil " "4hat are .ou going to do with 5ust.@" asked 1hil, as that privileged puss. padded into the room "% am going to take him home with me and 9oseph and the #arah!cat," announced Aunt 9amesina, following 5ust. "%t would be a shame to separate those cats now that the. have learned to live together %t-s a hard lesson for cats and humans to learn " "%-m sorr. to part with 5ust.," said Anne regretfull., "but it would be no use to take him to (reen (ables 8arilla detests cats, and 6av. would tease his life out <esides, % don-t suppose %-ll be home ver. long %-ve been offered the principalship of the #ummerside 0igh #chool " "Are .ou going to accept it@" asked 1hil "%!!% haven-t decided .et," answered Anne, with a confused flush 1hil nodded understandingl. Naturall. Anne-s plans could not be settled until 5o. had spoken 0e would soon!!there was no doubt of that And there was no doubt that Anne would sa. ".es" when he said "4ill .ou please@" Anne herself regarded the state of affairs with a seldom!ruffled complacenc. #he was deepl. in love with 5o. True, it was not 7ust what she had imagined love to be <ut was an.thing in life, Anne asked herself wearil., like one-s imagination of it@ %t was the old
diamond disillusion of childhood repeated!!the same disappointment she had felt when she had first seen the chill sparkle instead of the purple splendor she had anticipated "That-s not m. idea of a diamond," she had said <ut 5o. was a dear fellow and the. would be ver. happ. together, even if some indefinable =est was missing out of life 4hen 5o. came down that evening and asked Anne to walk in the park ever. one at 1att.-s 1lace knew what he had come to sa.> and ever. one knew, or thought the. knew, what Anne-s answer would be "Anne is a ver. fortunate girl," said Aunt 9amesina "% suppose so," said #tella, shrugging her shoulders "5o. is a nice fellow and all that <ut there-s reall. nothing in him " "That sounds ver. like a 7ealous remark, #tella 8a.nard," said Aunt 9amesina rebukingl. "%t does!!but % am not 7ealous," said #tella calml. "% love Anne and % like 5o. Ever.bod. sa.s she is making a brilliant match, and even 8rs (ardner thinks her charming now %t all sounds as if it were made in heaven, but % have m. doubts 8ake the most of that, Aunt 9amesina " 5o. asked Anne to marr. him in the little pavilion on the harbor shore where the. had talked on the rain. da. of their first meeting Anne thought it ver. romantic that he should have chosen that spot And his proposal was as beautifull. worded as if he had copied it, as one of 5ub. (illis- lovers had done, out of a 6eportment of &ourtship and 8arriage The whole effect was quite flawless And it was also sincere There was no doubt that 5o. meant what he said There was no false note to 7ar the s.mphon. Anne felt that she ought to be thrilling from head to foot <ut she wasn-t> she was horribl. cool 4hen 5o. paused for his answer she opened her lips to sa. her fateful .es And then!!she found herself trembling as if she were reeling back from a precipice To her came one of those moments when we reali=e, as b. a blinding flash of illumination, more than all our previous .ears have taught us #he pulled her hand from 5o.-s "$h, % can-t marr. .ou!!% can-t!!% can-t," she cried, wildl. 5o. turned pale!!and also looked rather foolish 0e had!!small blame to him!!felt ver. sure "4hat do .ou mean@" he stammered "% mean that % can-t marr. .ou," repeated Anne desperatel. "% thought % could!!but % can-t " "4h. can-t .ou@" 5o. asked more calml. "<ecause!!% don-t care enough for .ou " A crimson streak came into 5o.-s face "#o .ou-ve 7ust been amusing .ourself these two .ears@" he said slowl. "No, no, % haven-t," gasped poor Anne $h, how could she eAplain@ #he &$3L6N-T eAplain There are some things that cannot be eAplained "% did think % cared!!trul. % did!!but % know now % don-t " ""ou have ruined m. life," said 5o. bitterl. "Forgive me," pleaded Anne miserabl., with hot cheeks and stinging e.es 5o. turned awa. and stood for a few minutes looking out seaward 4hen he came back to Anne, he was ver. pale again ""ou can give me no hope@" he said Anne shook her head mutel. "Then!!good!b.e," said 5o. "% can-t understand it!!% can-t believe .ou are not the woman %-ve
believed .ou to be <ut reproaches are idle between us "ou are the onl. woman % can ever love % thank .ou for .our friendship, at least (ood!b.e, Anne " "(ood!b.e," faltered Anne 4hen 5o. had gone she sat for a long time in the pavilion, watching a white mist creeping subtl. and remorselessl. landward up the harbor %t was her hour of humiliation and self!contempt and shame Their waves went over her And .et, underneath it all, was a queer sense of recovered freedom #he slipped into 1att.-s 1lace in the dusk and escaped to her room <ut 1hil was there on the window seat "4ait," said Anne, flushing to anticipate the scene "4ait til .ou hear what % have to sa. 1hil, 5o. asked me to marr. him!and % refused " ""ou!!.ou 5EF3#E6 him@" said 1hil blankl. ""es " "Anne #hirle., are .ou in .our senses@" "% think so," said Anne wearil. "$h, 1hil, don-t scold me "ou don-t understand " "% certainl. don-t understand "ou-ve encouraged 5o. (ardner in ever. wa. for two .ears!!and now .ou tell me .ou-ve refused him Then .ou-ve 7ust been flirting scandalousl. with him Anne, % couldn-t have believed it of "$3 " "% 4A#N-T flirting with him!!% honestl. thought % cared up to the last minute!!and then!!well, % 7ust knew % NE,E5 could marr. him " "% suppose," said 1hil cruell., "that .ou intended to marr. him for his mone., and then .our better self rose up and prevented .ou " "% 6%6N-T % never thought about his mone. $h, % can-t eAplain it to .ou an. more than % could to him " "4ell, % certainl. think .ou have treated 5o. shamefull.," said 1hil in eAasperation "0e-s handsome and clever and rich and good 4hat more do .ou want@" "% want some one who <EL$N(# in m. life 0e doesn-t % was swept off m. feet at first b. his good looks and knack of pa.ing romantic compliments> and later on % thought % 83#T be in love because he was m. dark!e.ed ideal " "% am bad enough for not knowing m. own mind, but .ou are worse," said 1hil "D%D 6$ know m. own mind," protested Anne "The trouble is, m. mind changes and then % have to get acquainted with it all over again " "4ell, % suppose there is no use in sa.ing an.thing to .ou " "There is no need, 1hil %-m in the dust This has spoiled ever.thing backwards % can never think of 5edmond da.s without recalling the humiliation of this evening 5o. despises me!!and .ou despise me!!and % despise m.self " ""ou poor darling," said 1hil, melting "9ust come here and let me comfort .ou %-ve no right to scold .ou %-d have married Alec or Alon=o if % hadn-t met 9o $h, Anne, things are so miAed!up in real life The. aren-t clear!cut and trimmed off, as the. are in novels " "% hope that N$ one will ever again ask me to marr. him as long as % live," sobbed poor Anne, devoutl. believing that she meant it
Chapter !!!I! (eals with %eddings
Anne felt that life partook of the nature of an anticlimaA during the first few weeks after her return to (reen (ables #he missed the merr. comradeship of 1att.-s 1lace #he had dreamed some brilliant dreams during the past winter and now the. la. in the dust around her %n her present mood of self!disgust, she could not immediatel. begin dreaming again And she discovered that, while solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms #he had not seen 5o. again after their painful parting in the park pavilion> but 6oroth. came to see her before she left :ingsport "%-m awfull. sorr. .ou won-t marr. 5o.," she said "% did want .ou for a sister <ut .ou are quite right 0e would bore .ou to death % love him, and he is a dear sweet bo., but reall. he isn-t a bit interesting 0e looks as if he ought to be, but he isn-t " "This won-t spoil $35 friendship, will it, 6oroth.@" Anne had asked wistfull. "No, indeed "ou-re too good to lose %f % can-t have .ou for a sister % mean to keep .ou as a chum an.wa. And don-t fret over 5o. 0e is feeling terribl. 7ust now!!% have to listen to his outpourings ever. da.!!but he-ll get over it 0e alwa.s does " "$h!!AL4A"#@" said Anne with a slight change of voice "#o he has -got over it- before@" "6ear me, .es," said 6oroth. frankl. "Twice before And he raved to me 7ust the same both times Not that the others actuall. refused himBthe. simpl. announced their engagements to some one else $f course, when hemet .ou he vowed to me that he had never reall. loved before!!that the previous affairs had been merel. bo.ish fancies <ut % don-t think .ou need worr. " Anne decided not to worr. 0er feelings were a miAture of relief and resentment 5o. had certainl. told her she was the onl. one he had ever loved No doubt he believed it <ut it was a comfort to feel that she had not, in all likelihood, ruined his life There were other goddesses, and 5o., according to 6oroth., must needs be worshipping at some shrine Nevertheless, life was stripped of several more illusions, and Anne began to think drearil. that it seemed rather bare #he came down from the porch gable on the evening of her return with a sorrowful face "4hat has happened to the old #now Cueen, 8arilla@" "$h, % knew .ou-d feel bad over that," said 8arilla "% felt bad m.self That tree was there ever since % was a .oung girl %t blew down in the big gale we had in 8arch %t was rotten at the core " "%-ll miss it so," grieved Anne "The porch gable doesn-t seem the same room without it %-ll never look from its window again without a sense of loss And oh, % never came home to (reen (ables before that 6iana wasn-t here to welcome me " "6iana has something else to think of 7ust now," said 8rs L.nde significantl. "4ell, tell me all the Avonlea news," said Anne, sitting down on the porch steps, where the evening sunshine fell over her hair in a fine golden rain "There isn-t much news eAcept what we-ve wrote .ou," said 8rs L.nde "% suppose .ou haven-t heard that #imon Fletcher broke his leg last week %t-s a great thing for his famil. The.-re getting a hundred things done that the.-ve alwa.s wanted to do but couldn-t as long as he was about, the old crank " "0e came of an aggravating famil.," remarked 8arilla
"Aggravating@ 4ell, rather? 0is mother used to get up in pra.er!meeting and tell all her children-s shortcomings and ask pra.ers for them -&ourse it made them mad, and worse than ever " ""ou haven-t told Anne the news about 9ane," suggested 8arilla "$h, 9ane," sniffed 8rs L.nde "4ell," she conceded grudgingl., "9ane Andrews is home from the 4est!!came last week!!and she-s going to be married to a 4innipeg millionaire "ou ma. be sure 8rs 0armon lost no time in telling it far and wide " "6ear old 9ane!!%-m so glad," said Anne heartil. "#he deserves the good things of life " "$h, % ain-t sa.ing an.thing against 9ane #he-s a nice enough girl <ut she isn-t in the millionaire class, and .ou-ll find there-s not much to recommend that man but his mone., that-s what 8rs 0armon sa.s he-s an Englishman who has made mone. in mines but D%D believe he-ll turn out to be a "ankee 0e certainl. must have mone., for he has 7ust showered 9ane with 7ewelr. 0er engagement ring is a diamond cluster so big that it looks like a plaster on 9ane-s fat paw " 8rs L.nde could not keep some bitterness out of her tone 0ere was 9ane Andrews, that plain little plodder, engaged to a millionaire, while Anne, it seemed, was not .et bespoken b. an. one, rich or poor And 8rs 0armon Andrews did brag insufferabl. "4hat has (ilbert <l.the been doing to at college@" asked 8arilla "% saw him when he came home last week, and he is so pale and thin % hardl. knew him " "0e studied ver. hard last winter," said Anne ""ou know he took 0igh 0onors in &lassics and the &ooper 1ri=e %t hasn-t been taken for five .ears? #o % think he-s rather run down 4e-re all a little tired " "An.how, .ou-re a < A and 9ane Andrews isn-t and never will be," said 8rs L.nde, with gloom. satisfaction A few evenings later Anne went down to see 9ane, but the latter was awa. in &harlottetown!!"getting sewing done," 8rs 0armon informed Anne proudl. "$f course an Avonlea dressmaker wouldn-t do for 9ane under the circumstances " "%-ve heard something ver. nice about 9ane," said Anne ""es, 9ane has done prett. well, even if she isn-t a < A ," said 8rs 0armon, with a slight toss of her head "8r %nglis is worth millions, and the.-re going to Europe on their wedding tour 4hen the. come back the.-ll live in a perfect mansion of marble in 4innipeg 9ane has onl. one trouble!!she can cook so well and her husband won-t let her cook 0e is so rich he hires his cooking done The.-re going to keep a cook and two other maids and a coachman and a man!of!all!work <ut what about "$3, Anne@ % don-t hear an.thing of .our being married, after all .our college!going " "$h," laughed Anne, "% am going to be an old maid % reall. can-t find an. one to suit me " %t was rather wicked of her #he deliberatel. meant to remind 8rs Andrews that if she became an old maid it was not because she had not had at least one chance of marriage <ut 8rs 0armon took swift revenge "4ell, the over!particular girls generall. get left, % notice And what-s this % hear about (ilbert <l.the being engaged to a 8iss #tuart@ &harlie #loane tells me she is perfectl. beautiful %s it true@" "% don-t know if it is true that he is engaged to 8iss #tuart," replied Anne, with #partan composure, "but it is certainl. true that she is ver. lovel. " "% once thought .ou and (ilbert would have made a match of it," said 8rs 0armon "%f .ou don-t take care, Anne, all of .our beauA will slip through .our fingers "
Anne decided not to continue her duel with 8rs 0armon "ou could not fence with an antagonist who met rapier thrust with blow of battle aAe "#ince 9ane is awa.," she said, rising haughtil., "% don-t think % can sta. longer this morning %-ll come down when she comes home " "6o," said 8rs 0armon effusivel. "9ane isn-t a bit proud #he 7ust means to associate with her old friends the same as ever #he-ll be real glad to see .ou " 9ane-s millionaire arrived the last of 8a. and carried her off in a bla=e of splendor 8rs L.nde was spitefull. gratified to find that 8r %nglis was ever. da. of fort., and short and thin and gra.ish 8rs L.nde did not spare him in her enumeration of his shortcomings, .ou ma. be sure "%t will take all his gold to gild a pill like him, that-s what," said 8rs 5achel solemnl. "0e looks kind and good!hearted," said Anne lo.all., "and %-m sure he thinks the world of 9ane " "0umph?" said 8rs 5achel 1hil (ordon was married the neAt week and Anne went over to <olingbroke to be her bridesmaid 1hil made a daint. fair. of a bride, and the 5ev 9o was so radiant in his happiness that nobod. thought him plain "4e-re going for a lovers- saunter through the land of Evangeline," said 1hil, "and then we-ll settle down on 1atterson #treet 8other thinks it is terrible!!she thinks 9o might at least take a church in a decent place <ut the wilderness of the 1atterson slums will blossom like the rose for me if 9o is there $h, Anne, %-m so happ. m. heart aches with it " Anne was alwa.s glad in the happiness of her friends> but it is sometimes a little lonel. to be surrounded ever.where b. a happiness that is not .our own And it was 7ust the same when she went back to Avonlea This time it was 6iana who was bathed in the wonderful glor. that comes to a woman when her first!born is laid beside her Anne looked at the white .oung mother with a certain awe that had never entered into her feelings for 6iana before &ould this pale woman with the rapture in her e.es be the little black!curled, ros.!cheeked 6iana she had pla.ed with in vanished schoolda.s@ %t gave her a queer desolate feeling that she herself somehow belonged onl. in those past .ears and had no business in the present at all "%sn-t he perfectl. beautiful@" said 6iana proudl. The little fat fellow was absurdl. like Fred!!7ust as round, 7ust as red Anne reall. could not sa. conscientiousl. that she thought him beautiful, but she vowed sincerel. that he was sweet and kissable and altogether delightful "<efore he came % wanted a girl, so that % could call her ANNE," said 6iana "<ut now that little Fred is here % wouldn-t eAchange him for a million girls 0e 7ust &$3L6N-T have been an.thing but his own precious self " "-Ever. little bab. is the sweetest and the best,-" quoted 8rs Allan gail. "%f little Anne 0A6 come .ou-d have felt 7ust the same about her " 8rs Allan was visiting in Avonlea, for the first time since leaving it #he was as ga. and sweet and s.mpathetic as ever 0er old girl friends had welcomed her back rapturousl. The reigning minister-s wife was an estimable lad., but she was not eAactl. a kindred spirit "% can hardl. wait till he gets old enough to talk," sighed 6iana "% 7ust long to hear him sa. -mother - And oh, %-m determined that his first memor. of me shall be a nice one The first memor. % have of m. mother is of her slapping me for something % had done % am sure % deserved it, and mother was alwa.s a good mother and % love her dearl. <ut % do wish m. first memor. of her was
nicer " "% have 7ust one memor. of m. mother and it is the sweetest of all m. memories," said 8rs Allan "% was five .ears old, and % had been allowed to go to school one da. with m. two older sisters 4hen school came out m. sisters went home in different groups, each supposing % was with the other %nstead % had run off with a little girl % had pla.ed with at recess 4e went to her home, which was near the school, and began making mud pies 4e were having a glorious time when m. older sister arrived, breathless and angr. "-"ou naught. girl" she cried, snatching m. reluctant hand and dragging me along with her -&ome home this minute $h, .ou-re going to catch it? 8other is awful cross #he is going to give .ou a good whipping "% had never been whipped 6read and terror filled m. poor little heart % have never been so miserable in m. life as % was on that walk home % had not meant to be naught. 1hem. &ameron had asked me to go home with her and % had not known it was wrong to go And now % was to be whipped for it 4hen we got home m. sister dragged me into the kitchen where mother was sitting b. the fire in the twilight 8. poor wee legs were trembling so that % could hardl. stand And mother!!mother 7ust took me up in her arms, without one word of rebuke or harshness, kissed me and held me close to her heart -% was so frightened .ou were lost, darling,- she said tenderl. % could see the love shining in her e.es as she looked down on me #he never scolded or reproached me for what % had done!!onl. told me % must never go awa. again without asking permission #he died ver. soon afterwards That is the onl. memor. % have of her %sn-t it a beautiful one@" Anne felt lonelier than ever as she walked home, going b. wa. of the <irch 1ath and 4illowmere #he had not walked that wa. for man. moons %t was a darkl.!purple bloom. night The air was heav. with blossom fragrance!!almost too heav. The clo.ed senses recoiled from it as from an overfull cup The birches of the path had grown from the fair. saplings of old to big trees Ever.thing had changed Anne felt that she would be glad when the summer was over and she was awa. at work again 1erhaps life would not seem so empt. then "-%-ve tried the world!!it wears no more The coloring of romance it wore,-" sighed Anne!!and was straightwa. much comforted b. the romance in the idea of the world being denuded of romance?
Chapter !L A 3oo of &e$elation
The %rvings came back to Echo Lodge for the summer, and Anne spent a happ. three weeks there in 9ul. 8iss Lavendar had not changed> &harlotta the Fourth was a ver. grown!up .oung lad. now, but still adored Anne sincerel. "4hen all-s said and done, 8iss #hirle., ma-am, % haven-t seen an. one in <oston that-s equal to .ou," she said frankl. 1aul was almost grown up, too 0e was siAteen, his chestnut curls had given place to close!cropped brown locks, and he was more interested in football than fairies <ut the bond between him and his old teacher still held :indred spirits alone do not change with changing .ears %t was a wet, bleak, cruel evening in 9ul. when Anne came back to (reen (ables $ne of the fierce summer storms which sometimes sweep over the gulf was ravaging the sea As Anne came in the first raindrops dashed against the panes "4as that 1aul who brought .ou home@" asked 8arilla "4h. didn-t .ou make him sta. all night %t-s going to be a wild evening " "0e-ll reach Echo Lodge before the rain gets ver. heav., % think An.wa., he wanted to go back tonight 4ell, %-ve had a splendid visit, but %-m glad to see .ou dear folks again -East, west, hame-s best - 6av., have .ou been growing again latel.@" "%-ve growed a whole inch since .ou left," said 6av. proudl. "%-m as tall as 8ilt. <oulter now Ain-t % glad 0e-ll have to stop crowing about being bigger #a., Anne, did .ou know that (ilbert <l.the is d.ing@" Anne stood quite silent and motionless, looking at 6av. 0er face had gone so white that 8arilla thought she was going to faint "6av., hold .our tongue," said 8rs 5achel angril. "Anne, don-t look like that!!6$N-T L$$: L%:E T0AT? 4e didn-t mean to tell .ou so suddenl. " "%s!!it!!true@" asked Anne in a voice that was not hers "(ilbert is ver. ill," said 8rs L.nde gravel. "0e took down with t.phoid fever 7ust after .ou left for Echo Lodge 6id .ou never hear of it@" "No," said that unknown voice "%t was a ver. bad case from the start The doctor said he-d been terribl. run down The.-ve a trained nurse and ever.thing-s been done 6$N-T look like that, Anne 4hile there-s life there-s hope " "8r 0arrison was here this evening and he said the. had no hope of him," reiterated 6av. 8arilla, looking old and worn and tired, got up and marched 6av. griml. out of the kitchen "$h, 6$N-T look so, dear," said 8rs 5achel, putting her kind old arms about the pallid girl "% haven-t given up hope, indeed % haven-t 0e-s got the <l.the constitution in his favor, that-s what " Anne gentl. put 8rs L.nde-s arms awa. from her, walked blindl. across the kitchen, through the hall, up the stairs to her old room At its window she knelt down, staring out unseeingl. %t was ver. dark The rain was beating down over the shivering fields The 0aunted 4oods was full of the groans of might. trees wrung in the tempest, and the air throbbed with the thunderous crash of billows on the distant shore And (ilbert was d.ing?
There is a book of 5evelation in ever. one-s life, as there is in the <ible Anne read hers that bitter night, as she kept her agoni=ed vigil through the hours of storm and darkness #he loved (ilbert!! had alwa.s loved him? #he knew that now #he knew that she could no more cast him out of her life without agon. than she could have cut off her right hand and cast it from her And the knowledge had come too late!!too late even for the bitter solace of being with him at the last %f she had not been so blind!!so foolish!!she would have had the right to go to him now <ut he would never know that she loved him!!he would go awa. from this life thinking that she did not care $h, the black .ears of emptiness stretching before her? #he could not live through them!!she could not? #he cowered down b. her window and wished, for the first time in her ga. .oung life, that she could die, too %f (ilbert went awa. from her, without one word or sign or message, she could not live Nothing was of an. value without him #he belonged to him and he to her %n her hour of supreme agon. she had no doubt of that 0e did not love &hristine #tuart!!never had loved &hristine #tuart $h, what a fool she had been not to reali=e what the bond was that had held her to (ilbert!!to think that the flattered fanc. she had felt for 5o. (ardner had been love And now she must pa. for her foll. as for a crime 8rs L.nde and 8arilla crept to her door before the. went to bed, shook their heads doubtfull. at each other over the silence, and went awa. The storm raged all night, but when the dawn came it was spent Anne saw a fair. fringe of light on the skirts of darkness #oon the eastern hilltops had a fire!shot rub. rim The clouds rolled themselves awa. into great, soft, white masses on the hori=on> the sk. gleamed blue and silver. A hush fell over the world Anne rose from her knees and crept downstairs The freshness of the rain!wind blew against her white face as she went out into the .ard, and cooled her dr., burning e.es A merr. rollicking whistle was lilting up the lane A moment later 1acifique <uote came in sight Anne-s ph.sical strength suddenl. failed her %f she had not clutched at a low willow bough she would have fallen 1acifique was (eorge Fletcher-s hired man, and (eorge Fletcher lived neAt door to the <l.thes 8rs Fletcher was (ilbert-s aunt 1acifique would know if!!if!!1acifique would know what there was to be known 1acifique strode sturdil. on along the red lane, whistling 0e did not see Anne #he made three futile attempts to call him 0e was almost past before she succeeded in making her quivering lips call, "1acifique?" 1acifique turned with a grin and a cheerful good morning "1acifique," said Anne faintl., "did .ou come from (eorge Fletcher-s this morning@" "#ure," said 1acifique amiabl. "% got de word las- night dat m. fader, he was seeck %t was so storm. dat % couldn-t go den, so % start vair earl. dis mornin- %-m goin- troo de woods for short cut " "6id .ou hear how (ilbert <l.the was this morning@" Anne-s desperation drove her to the question Even the worst would be more endurable than this hideous suspense "0e-s better," said 1acifique "0e got de turn las- night 6e doctor sa. he-ll be all right now dis soon while 0ad close shave, dough? 6at bo., he 7us- keel himself at college 4ell, % mus- hurr. 6e old man, he-ll be in hurr. to see me " 1acifique resumed his walk and his whistle Anne ga=ed after him with e.es where 7o. was driving out the strained anguish of the night 0e was a ver. lank, ver. ragged, ver. homel. .outh <ut in her sight he was as beautiful as those who bring good tidings on the mountains Never, as long as she lived, would Anne see 1acifique-s brown, round, black!e.ed face without a warm remembrance of the moment when he had given to her the oil of 7o. for mourning Long after 1acifique-s ga. whistle had faded into the phantom of music and then into silence far up under the maples of Lover-s Lane Anne stood under the willows, tasting the poignant sweetness of
life when some great dread has been removed from it The morning was a cup filled with mist and glamor %n the corner near her was a rich surprise of new!blown, cr.stal!dewed roses The trills and trickles of song from the birds in the big tree above her seemed in perfect accord with her mood A sentence from a ver. old, ver. true, ver. wonderful <ook came to her lips, "4eeping ma. endure for a night but 7o. cometh in the morning "
!LI Lo$e Ta es "p the Glass of Time
"%-ve come up to ask .ou to go for one of our old!time rambles through #eptember woods and -over hills where spices grow,- this afternoon," said (ilbert, coming suddenl. around the porch corner "#uppose we visit 0ester (ra.-s garden " Anne, sitting on the stone step with her lap full of a pale, film., green stuff, looked up rather blankl. "$h, % wish % could," she said slowl., "but % reall. can-t, (ilbert %-m going to Alice 1enhallow-s wedding this evening, .ou know %-ve got to do something to this dress, and b. the time it-s finished %-ll have to get read. %-m so sorr. %-d love to go " "4ell, can .ou go tomorrow afternoon, then@" asked (ilbert, apparentl. not much disappointed ""es, % think so " "%n that case % shall hie me home at once to do something % should otherwise have to do tomorrow #o Alice 1enhallow is to be married tonight Three weddings for .ou in one summer, Anne!!1hil-s, Alice-s, and 9ane-s %-ll never forgive 9ane for not inviting me to her wedding " ""ou reall. can-t blame her when .ou think of the tremendous Andrews connection who had to be invited The house could hardl. hold them all % was onl. bidden b. grace of being 9ane-s old chum!!at least on 9ane-s part % think 8rs 0armon-s motive for inviting me was to let me see 9ane-s surpassing gorgeousness " "%s it true that she wore so man. diamonds that .ou couldn-t tell where the diamonds left off and 9ane began@" Anne laughed "#he certainl. wore a good man. 4hat with all the diamonds and white satin and tulle and lace and roses and orange blossoms, prim little 9ane was almost lost to sight <ut she was ,E5" happ., and so was 8r %nglis!!and so was 8rs 0armon " "%s that the dress .ou-re going to wear tonight@" asked (ilbert, looking down at the fluffs and frills ""es %sn-t it prett.@ And % shall wear starflowers in m. hair The 0aunted 4ood is full of them this summer " (ilbert had a sudden vision of Anne, arra.ed in a frill. green gown, with the virginal curves of arms and throat slipping out of it, and white stars shining against the coils of her rudd. hair The vision made him catch his breath <ut he turned lightl. awa. "4ell, %-ll be up tomorrow 0ope .ou-ll have a nice time tonight " Anne looked after him as he strode awa., and sighed (ilbert was friendl.!!ver. friendl.!!far too friendl. 0e had come quite often to (reen (ables after his recover., and something of their old comradeship had returned <ut Anne no longer found it satisf.ing The rose of love made the blossom of friendship pale and scentless b. contrast And Anne had again begun to doubt if (ilbert now felt an.thing for her but friendship %n the common light of common da. her radiant certaint. of that rapt morning had faded #he was haunted b. a miserable fear that her mistake could never be rectified %t was quite likel. that it was &hristine whom (ilbert loved after all 1erhaps he was even engaged to her Anne tried to put all unsettling hopes out of her heart, and reconcile herself to a future where work and ambition must take the place of love #he could do good, if not noble, work as a teacher> and the success her little sketches were beginning to meet with in certain editorial
sanctums augured well for her budding literar. dreams <ut!!but!!Anne picked up her green dress and sighed again 4hen (ilbert came the neAt afternoon he found Anne waiting for him, fresh as the dawn and fair as a star, after all the gaiet. of the preceding night #he wore a green dress!!not the one she had worn to the wedding, but an old one which (ilbert had told her at a 5edmond reception he liked especiall. %t was 7ust the shade of green that brought out the rich tints of her hair, and the starr. gra. of her e.es and the iris!like delicac. of her skin (ilbert, glancing at her sidewa.s as the. walked along a shadow. woodpath, thought she had never looked so lovel. Anne, glancing sidewa.s at (ilbert, now and then, thought how much older he looked since his illness %t was as if he had put bo.hood behind him forever The da. was beautiful and the wa. was beautiful Anne was almost sorr. when the. reached 0ester (ra.-s garden, and sat down on the old bench <ut it was beautiful there, too!!as beautiful as it had been on the farawa. da. of the (olden 1icnic, when 6iana and 9ane and 1riscilla and she had found it Then it had been lovel. with narcissus and violets> now golden rod had kindled its fair. torches in the corners and asters dotted it bluel. The call of the brook came up through the woods from the valle. of birches with all its old allurement> the mellow air was full of the purr of the sea> be.ond were fields rimmed b. fences bleached silver. gra. in the suns of man. summers, and long hills scarfed with the shadows of autumnal clouds> with the blowing of the west wind old dreams returned "% think," said Anne softl., "that -the land where dreams come true- is in the blue ha=e .onder, over that little valle. " "0ave .ou an. unfulfilled dreams, Anne@" asked (ilbert #omething in his tone!!something she had not heard since that miserable evening in the orchard at 1att.-s 1lace!!made Anne-s heart beat wildl. <ut she made answer lightl. "$f course Ever.bod. has %t wouldn-t do for us to have all our dreams fulfilled 4e would be as good as dead if we had nothing left to dream about 4hat a delicious aroma that low!descending sun is eAtracting from the asters and ferns % wish we could see perfumes as well as smell them %-m sure the. would be ver. beautiful " (ilbert was not to be thus sidetracked "% have a dream," he said slowl. "% persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true % dream of a home with a hearth!fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friendsBand "$3?" Anne wanted to speak but she could find no words 0appiness was breaking over her like a wave %t almost frightened her "% asked .ou a question over two .ears ago, Anne %f % ask it again toda. will .ou give me a different answer@" #till Anne could not speak <ut she lifted her e.es, shining with all the love!rapture of countless generations, and looked into his for a moment 0e wanted no other answer The. lingered in the old garden until twilight, sweet as dusk in Eden must have been, crept over it There was so much to talk over and recall!!things said and done and heard and thought and felt and misunderstood "% thought .ou loved &hristine #tuart," Anne told him, as reproachfull. as if she had not given him ever. reason to suppose that she loved 5o. (ardner (ilbert laughed bo.ishl.
"&hristine was engaged to somebod. in her home town % knew it and she knew % knew it 4hen her brother graduated he told me his sister was coming to :ingsport the neAt winter to take music, and asked me if % would look after her a bit, as she knew no one and would be ver. lonel. #o % did And then % liked &hristine for her own sake #he is one of the nicest girls %-ve ever known % knew college gossip credited us with being in love with each other % didn-t care Nothing mattered much to me for a time there, after .ou told me .ou could never love me, Anne There was nobod. else!! there never could be an.bod. else for me but .ou %-ve loved .ou ever since that da. .ou broke .our slate over m. head in school " "% don-t see how .ou could keep on loving me when % was such a little fool," said Anne "4ell, % tried to stop," said (ilbert frankl., "not because % thought .ou what .ou call .ourself, but because % felt sure there was no chance for me after (ardner came on the scene <ut % couldn-t!!and % can-t tell .ou, either, what it-s meant to me these two .ears to believe .ou were going to marr. him, and be told ever. week b. some bus.bod. that .our engagement was on the point of being announced % believed it until one blessed da. when % was sitting up after the fever % got a letter from 1hil (ordon!!1hil <lake, rather!!in which she told me there was reall. nothing between .ou and 5o., and advised me to -tr. again - 4ell, the doctor was ama=ed at m. rapid recover. after that " Anne laughed!!then shivered "% can never forget the night % thought .ou were d.ing, (ilbert $h, % knew!!% :NE4 then!!and % thought it was too late " "<ut it wasn-t, sweetheart $h, Anne, this makes up for ever.thing, doesn-t it@ Let-s resolve to keep this da. sacred to perfect beaut. all our lives for the gift it has given us " "%t-s the birthda. of our happiness," said Anne softl. "%-ve alwa.s loved this old garden of 0ester (ra.-s, and now it will be dearer than ever " "<ut %-ll have to ask .ou to wait a long time, Anne," said (ilbert sadl. "%t will be three .ears before %-ll finish m. medical course And even then there will be no diamond sunbursts and marble halls " Anne laughed "% don-t want sunbursts and marble halls % 7ust want "$3 "ou see %-m quite as shameless as 1hil about it #unbursts and marble halls ma. be all ver. well, but there is more -scope for imaginationwithout them And as for the waiting, that doesn-t matter 4e-ll 7ust be happ., waiting and working for each other!!and dreaming $h, dreams will be ver. sweet now " (ilbert drew her close to him and kissed her Then the. walked home together in the dusk, crowned king and queen in the bridal realm of love, along winding paths fringed with the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed, and over haunted meadows where winds of hope and memor. blew