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Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Greatest Works of L. M. Montgomery

20 Novels & 170+ Short Stories, Poems, Letters and Autobiography

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Lucy Maud Montgomery: ANNE SHIRLEY Complete 14 Book Collection: Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, The Story Girl, Chronicles of Avonlea and more
Lucy Maud Montgomery: EMILY STAR - Complete Collection: Emily of New Moon + Emily Climbs + Emily's Quest
Lucy Maud Montgomery: JANE OF LANTERN HILL (Children's Book)

Table of Contents

Anne of Green Gables Series

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

ANNE OF AVONLEA

ANNE OF THE ISLAND

ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS

ANNE’S HOUSE OF DREAMS

ANNE OF INGLESIDE

RAINBOW VALLEY

RILLA OF INGLESIDE

Emily Starr Trilogy

EMILY OF NEW MOON

EMILY CLIMBS

EMILY’S QUEST

The Story Girl Series

THE STORY GIRL

THE GOLDEN ROAD

Pat of Silver Bush Series

PAT OF SILVER BUSH

MISTRESS PAT

Other Novels

KILMENY OF THE ORCHARD

THE BLUE CASTLE

MAGIC FOR MARIGOLD

A TANGLED WEB (Aunt Becky Began It)

JANE OF LANTERN HILL

Short Stories CHRONICLES OF AVONLEA

The Hurrying of Ludovic

Old Lady Lloyd

Each In His Own Tongue

Little Joscelyn

The Winning of Lucinda

Old Man Shaw’s Girl

Aunt Olivia’s Beau

The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s

Pa Sloane’s Purchase

The Courting of Prissy Strong

The Miracle at Carmody

The End of a Quarrel

FURTHER CHRONICLES OF AVONLEA

Aunt Cynthia’s Persian Cat

The Materializing of Cecil

Her Father’s Daughter

Jane’s Baby

The Dream-Child

The Brother Who Failed

The Return of Hester

The Little Brown Book of Miss Emily

Sara’s Way

The Son of His Mother

The Education of Betty

In Her Selfless Mood

The Conscience Case of David Bell

Only a Common Fellow

Tannis of the Flats

OTHER SHORT STORIES

A Case of Trespass

A Christmas Inspiration

A Christmas Mistake

A Strayed Allegiance

An Invitation Given on Impulse

Detected by the Camera

In Spite of Myself

Kismet

Lilian’s Business Venture

Miriam’s Lover

Miss Calista’s Peppermint Bottle

The Jest That Failed

The Penningtons’ Girl

The Red Room

The Setness of Theodosia

The Story of an Invitation

The Touch of Fate

The Waking of Helen

The Way of the Winning of Anne

Young Si

A Patent Medicine Testimonial

A Sandshore Wooing

After Many Days

An Unconventional Confidence

Aunt Cyrilla’s Christmas Basket

Davenport’s Story

 

Emily’s Husband

Min

Miss Cordelia’s Accommodation

Ned’s Stroke of Business

Our Runaway Kite

The Bride Roses

The Josephs’ Christmas

The Magical Bond of the Sea

The Martyrdom of Estella

The Old Chest at Wyther Grange

The Osbornes’ Christmas

The Romance of Aunt Beatrice

The Running Away of Chester

The Strike at Putney

The Unhappiness of Miss Farquhar

Why Mr. Cropper Changed His Mind

A Fortunate Mistake

An Unpremeditated Ceremony

At the Bay Shore Farm

Elizabeth’s Child

Freda’s Adopted Grave

How Don Was Saved

Miss Madeline’s Proposal

Miss Sally’s Company

Mrs. March’s Revenge

Nan

Natty of Blue Point

Penelope’s Party Waist

The Girl and The Wild Race

The Promise of Lucy Ellen

The Pursuit of the Ideal

The Softening of Miss Cynthia

Them Notorious Pigs

Why Not Ask Miss Price?

A Correspondence and A Climax

An Adventure on Island Rock

At Five O’Clock in the Morning

Aunt Susanna’s Birthday Celebration

Bertie’s New Year

Between the Hill and the Valley

Clorinda’s Gifts

Cyrilla’s Inspiration

Dorinda’s Desperate Deed

Her Own People

Ida’s New Year Cake

In the Old Valley

Jane Lavinia

Mackereling Out in the Gulf

Millicent’s Double

The Blue North Room

The Christmas Surprise at Enderly Road

The Dissipation of Miss Ponsonby

The Falsoms’ Christmas Dinner

The Fraser Scholarship

The Girl at the Gate

The Light on the Big Dipper

The Prodigal Brother

The Redemption of John Churchill

The Schoolmaster’s Letters

The Story of Uncle Dick

The Understanding of Sister Sara

The Unforgotten One

The Wooing of Bessy

Their Girl Josie

When Jack and Jill Took a Hand

A Millionaire’s Proposal

A Substitute Journalist

Anna’s Love Letters

Aunt Caroline’s Silk Dress

Aunt Susanna’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

By Grace of Julius Caesar

By the Rule of Contrary

Fair Exchange and No Robbery

Four Winds

Marcella’s Reward

Margaret’s Patient

Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves

Missy’s Room

Ted’s Afternoon Off

The Girl Who Drove the Cows

The Doctor’s Sweetheart

The End of the Young Family Feud

The Genesis of the Doughnut Club

The Growing Up of Cornelia

The Old Fellow’s Letter

The Parting of The Ways

The Promissory Note

The Revolt of Mary Isabel

The Twins and a Wedding

A Golden Wedding

A Redeeming Sacrifice

A Soul That Was Not at Home

Abel and His Great Adventure

Akin To Love

Aunt Philippa and the Men

Bessie’s Doll

Charlotte’s Ladies

Christmas at Red Butte

How We Went to the Wedding

Jessamine

Miss Sally’s Letter

My Lady Jane

Robert Turner’s Revenge

The Fillmore Elderberries

The Finished Story

The Garden of Spices

The Girl and the Photograph

The Gossip of Valley View

The Letters

The Life-Book of Uncle Jesse

The Little Black Doll

The Man on the Train

The Romance of Jedediah

The Tryst of the White Lady

Uncle Richard’s New Year’s Dinner

White Magic

A Dinner of Herbs

A House Divided Against Itself

The Man Who Forgot

Charlotte’s Quest

The Closed Door

For a Dream’s Sake

The House Party at Smoky Island

What Aunt Marcella Would Have Called It

Poetry

SONGS OF THE SEA

SONGS OF THE HILLS AND WOODS

OTHER POEMS

Collected Letters

Autobiography

 

THE ALPINE PATH: THE STORY OF MY CAREER

Anne of Green Gables Series

Table of Contents

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

Table of Contents

I. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised

II. Matthew Cuthbert Is Surprised

III. Marilla Cuthbert Is Surprised

IV. Morning at Green Gables

V. Anne’s History

VI. Marilla Makes Up Her Mind

VII. Anne Says Her Prayers

VIII. Anne’s Bringing-Up Is Begun

IX. Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrified

X. Anne’s Apology

XI. Anne’s Impressions of Sunday-School

XII. A Solemn Vow and Promise

XIII. The Delights of Anticipation

XIV. Anne’s Confession

XV. A Tempest in the School Teapot

XVI. Diana Is Invited to Tea With Tragic Results

XVII. A New Interest in Life

XVIII. Anne to the Rescue

XIX. A Concert a Catastrophe and a Confession

XX. A Good Imagination Gone Wrong

XXI. A New Departure in Flavorings

XXII. Anne Is Invited Out to Tea

XXIII. Anne Comes to Grief in an Affair of Honor

XXIV. Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert

XXV. Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves

XXVI. The Story Club Is Formed

XXVII. Vanity and Vexation of Spirit

XXVIII. An Unfortunate Lily Maid

XXIX. An Epoch in Anne’s Life

XXX. The Queens Class Is Organized

XXXI. Where the Brook and River Meet

XXXII. The Pass List Is Out

XXXIII. The Hotel Concert

XXXIV. A Queen’s Girl

XXXV. The Winter at Queen’s

XXXVI. The Glory and the Dream

XXXVII. The Reaper Whose Name Is Death

XXXVIII. The Bend in the Road

Chapter I.
Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised

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Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

There are plenty of people in Avonlea and out of it, who can attend closely to their neighbor’s business by dint of neglecting their own; but Mrs. Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain. She was a notable housewife; her work was always done and well done; she “ran” the Sewing Circle, helped run the Sunday-school, and was the strongest prop of the Church Aid Society and Foreign Missions Auxiliary. Yet with all this Mrs. Rachel found abundant time to sit for hours at her kitchen window, knitting “cotton warp” quilts — she had knitted sixteen of them, as Avonlea housekeepers were wont to tell in awed voices — and keeping a sharp eye on the main road that crossed the hollow and wound up the steep red hill beyond. Since Avonlea occupied a little triangular peninsula jutting out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence with water on two sides of it, anybody who went out of it or into it had to pass over that hill road and so run the unseen gauntlet of Mrs. Rachel’s all-seeing eye.

She was sitting there one afternoon in early June. The sun was coming in at the window warm and bright; the orchard on the slope below the house was in a bridal flush of pinky-white bloom, hummed over by a myriad of bees. Thomas Lynde — a meek little man whom Avonlea people called “Rachel Lynde’s husband” — was sowing his late turnip seed on the hill field beyond the barn; and Matthew Cuthbert ought to have been sowing his on the big red brook field away over by Green Gables. Mrs. Rachel knew that he ought because she had heard him tell Peter Morrison the evening before in William J. Blair’s store over at Carmody that he meant to sow his turnip seed the next afternoon. Peter had asked him, of course, for Matthew Cuthbert had never been known to volunteer information about anything in his whole life.

And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at halfpast three on the afternoon of a busy day, placidly driving over the hollow and up the hill; moreover, he wore a white collar and his best suit of clothes, which was plain proof that he was going out of Avonlea; and he had the buggy and the sorrel mare, which betokened that he was going a considerable distance. Now, where was Matthew Cuthbert going and why was he going there?

Had it been any other man in Avonlea, Mrs. Rachel, deftly putting this and that together, might have given a pretty good guess as to both questions. But Matthew so rarely went from home that it must be something pressing and unusual which was taking him; he was the shyest man alive and hated to have to go among strangers or to any place where he might have to talk. Matthew, dressed up with a white collar and driving in a buggy, was something that didn’t happen often. Mrs. Rachel, ponder as she might, could make nothing of it and her afternoon’s enjoyment was spoiled.

“I’ll just step over to Green Gables after tea and find out from Marilla where he’s gone and why,” the worthy woman finally concluded. “He doesn’t generally go to town this time of year and he NEVER visits; if he’d run out of turnip seed he wouldn’t dress up and take the buggy to go for more; he wasn’t driving fast enough to be going for a doctor. Yet something must have happened since last night to start him off. I’m clean puzzled, that’s what, and I won’t know a minute’s peace of mind or conscience until I know what has taken Matthew Cuthbert out of Avonlea today.”

Accordingly after tea Mrs. Rachel set out; she had not far to go; the big, rambling, orchard-embowered house where the Cuthberts lived was a scant quarter of a mile up the road from Lynde’s Hollow. To be sure, the long lane made it a good deal further. Matthew Cuthbert’s father, as shy and silent as his son after him, had got as far away as he possibly could from his fellow men without actually retreating into the woods when he founded his homestead. Green Gables was built at the furthest edge of his cleared land and there it was to this day, barely visible from the main road along which all the other Avonlea houses were so sociably situated. Mrs. Rachel Lynde did not call living in such a place LIVING at all.

“It’s just STAYING, that’s what,” she said as she stepped along the deep-rutted, grassy lane bordered with wild rose bushes. “It’s no wonder Matthew and Marilla are both a little odd, living away back here by themselves. Trees aren’t much company, though dear knows if they were there’d be enough of them. I’d ruther look at people. To be sure, they seem contented enough; but then, I suppose, they’re used to it. A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged, as the Irishman said.”

With this Mrs. Rachel stepped out of the lane into the backyard of Green Gables. Very green and neat and precise was that yard, set about on one side with great patriarchal willows and the other with prim Lombardies. Not a stray stick nor stone was to be seen, for Mrs. Rachel would have seen it if there had been. Privately she was of the opinion that Marilla Cuthbert swept that yard over as often as she swept her house. One could have eaten a meal off the ground without overbrimming the proverbial peck of dirt.

Mrs. Rachel rapped smartly at the kitchen door and stepped in when bidden to do so. The kitchen at Green Gables was a cheerful apartment — or would have been cheerful if it had not been so painfully clean as to give it something of the appearance of an unused parlor. Its windows looked east and west; through the west one, looking out on the back yard, came a flood of mellow June sunlight; but the east one, whence you got a glimpse of the bloom white cherry-trees in the left orchard and nodding, slender birches down in the hollow by the brook, was greened over by a tangle of vines. Here sat Marilla Cuthbert, when she sat at all, always slightly distrustful of sunshine, which seemed to her too dancing and irresponsible a thing for a world which was meant to be taken seriously; and here she sat now, knitting, and the table behind her was laid for supper.

Mrs. Rachel, before she had fairly closed the door, had taken a mental note of everything that was on that table. There were three plates laid, so that Marilla must be expecting some one home with Matthew to tea; but the dishes were everyday dishes and there was only crab-apple preserves and one kind of cake, so that the expected company could not be any particular company. Yet what of Matthew’s white collar and the sorrel mare? Mrs. Rachel was getting fairly dizzy with this unusual mystery about quiet, unmysterious Green Gables.

“Good evening, Rachel,” Marilla said briskly. “This is a real fine evening, isn’t it? Won’t you sit down? How are all your folks?”

Something that for lack of any other name might be called friendship existed and always had existed between Marilla Cuthbert and Mrs. Rachel, in spite of — or perhaps because of — their dissimilarity.

Marilla was a tall, thin woman, with angles and without curves; her dark hair showed some gray streaks and was always twisted up in a hard little knot behind with two wire hairpins stuck aggressively through it. She looked like a woman of narrow experience and rigid conscience, which she was; but there was a saving something about her mouth which, if it had been ever so slightly developed, might have been considered indicative of a sense of humor.

“We’re all pretty well,” said Mrs. Rachel. “I was kind of afraid YOU weren’t, though, when I saw Matthew starting off today. I thought maybe he was going to the doctor’s.”

Marilla’s lips twitched understandingly. She had expected Mrs. Rachel up; she had known that the sight of Matthew jaunting off so unaccountably would be too much for her neighbor’s curiosity.

“Oh, no, I’m quite well although I had a bad headache yesterday,” she said. “Matthew went to Bright River. We’re getting a little boy from an orphan asylum in Nova Scotia and he’s coming on the train tonight.”

If Marilla had said that Matthew had gone to Bright River to meet a kangaroo from Australia Mrs. Rachel could not have been more astonished. She was actually stricken dumb for five seconds. It was unsupposable that Marilla was making fun of her, but Mrs. Rachel was almost forced to suppose it.

“Are you in earnest, Marilla?” she demanded when voice returned to her.

“Yes, of course,” said Marilla, as if getting boys from orphan asylums in Nova Scotia were part of the usual spring work on any well-regulated Avonlea farm instead of being an unheard of innovation.

Mrs. Rachel felt that she had received a severe mental jolt. She thought in exclamation points. A boy! Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of all people adopting a boy! From an orphan asylum! Well, the world was certainly turning upside down! She would be surprised at nothing after this! Nothing!

“What on earth put such a notion into your head?” she demanded disapprovingly.

This had been done without her advice being asked, and must perforce be disapproved.

“Well, we’ve been thinking about it for some time — all winter in fact,” returned Marilla. “Mrs. Alexander Spencer was up here one day before Christmas and she said she was going to get a little girl from the asylum over in Hopeton in the spring. Her cousin lives there and Mrs. Spencer has visited here and knows all about it. So Matthew and I have talked it over off and on ever since. We thought we’d get a boy. Matthew is getting up in years, you know — he’s sixty — and he isn’t so spry as he once was. His heart troubles him a good deal. And you know how desperate hard it’s got to be to get hired help. There’s never anybody to be had but those stupid, half-grown little French boys; and as soon as you do get one broke into your ways and taught something he’s up and off to the lobster canneries or the States. At first Matthew suggested getting a Home boy. But I said ‘no’ flat to that. ‘They may be all right — I’m not saying they’re not — but no London street Arabs for me,’ I said. ‘Give me a native born at least. There’ll be a risk, no matter who we get. But I’ll feel easier in my mind and sleep sounder at nights if we get a born Canadian.’ So in the end we decided to ask Mrs. Spencer to pick us out one when she went over to get her little girl. We heard last week she was going, so we sent her word by Richard Spencer’s folks at Carmody to bring us a smart, likely boy of about ten or eleven. We decided that would be the best age — old enough to be of some use in doing chores right off and young enough to be trained up proper. We mean to give him a good home and schooling. We had a telegram from Mrs. Alexander Spencer today — the mailman brought it from the station — saying they were coming on the five-thirty train tonight. So Matthew went to Bright River to meet him. Mrs. Spencer will drop him off there. Of course she goes on to White Sands station herself.”

Mrs. Rachel prided herself on always speaking her mind; she proceeded to speak it now, having adjusted her mental attitude to this amazing piece of news.

“Well, Marilla, I’ll just tell you plain that I think you’re doing a mighty foolish thing — a risky thing, that’s what. You don’t know what you’re getting. You’re bringing a strange child into your house and home and you don’t know a single thing about him nor what his disposition is like nor what sort of parents he had nor how he’s likely to turn out. Why, it was only last week I read in the paper how a man and his wife up west of the Island took a boy out of an orphan asylum and he set fire to the house at night — set it ON PURPOSE, Marilla — and nearly burnt them to a crisp in their beds. And I know another case where an adopted boy used to suck the eggs — they couldn’t break him of it. If you had asked my advice in the matter — which you didn’t do, Marilla — I’d have said for mercy’s sake not to think of such a thing, that’s what.”

This Job’s comforting seemed neither to offend nor to alarm Marilla. She knitted steadily on.

“I don’t deny there’s something in what you say, Rachel. I’ve had some qualms myself. But Matthew was terrible set on it. I could see that, so I gave in. It’s so seldom Matthew sets his mind on anything that when he does I always feel it’s my duty to give in. And as for the risk, there’s risks in pretty near everything a body does in this world. There’s risks in people’s having children of their own if it comes to that — they don’t always turn out well. And then Nova Scotia is right close to the Island. It isn’t as if we were getting him from England or the States. He can’t be much different from ourselves.”

“Well, I hope it will turn out all right,” said Mrs. Rachel in a tone that plainly indicated her painful doubts. “Only don’t say I didn’t warn you if he burns Green Gables down or puts strychnine in the well — I heard of a case over in New Brunswick where an orphan asylum child did that and the whole family died in fearful agonies. Only, it was a girl in that instance.”

“Well, we’re not getting a girl,” said Marilla, as if poisoning wells were a purely feminine accomplishment and not to be dreaded in the case of a boy. “I’d never dream of taking a girl to bring up. I wonder at Mrs. Alexander Spencer for doing it. But there, SHE wouldn’t shrink from adopting a whole orphan asylum if she took it into her head.”

Mrs. Rachel would have liked to stay until Matthew came home with his imported orphan. But reflecting that it would be a good two hours at least before his arrival she concluded to go up the road to Robert Bell’s and tell the news. It would certainly make a sensation second to none, and Mrs. Rachel dearly loved to make a sensation. So she took herself away, somewhat to Marilla’s relief, for the latter felt her doubts and fears reviving under the influence of Mrs. Rachel’s pessimism.

“Well, of all things that ever were or will be!” ejaculated Mrs. Rachel when she was safely out in the lane. “It does really seem as if I must be dreaming. Well, I’m sorry for that poor young one and no mistake. Matthew and Marilla don’t know anything about children and they’ll expect him to be wiser and steadier that his own grandfather, if so be’s he ever had a grandfather, which is doubtful. It seems uncanny to think of a child at Green Gables somehow; there’s never been one there, for Matthew and Marilla were grown up when the new house was built — if they ever WERE children, which is hard to believe when one looks at them. I wouldn’t be in that orphan’s shoes for anything. My, but I pity him, that’s what.”

So said Mrs. Rachel to the wild rose bushes out of the fulness of her heart; but if she could have seen the child who was waiting patiently at the Bright River station at that very moment her pity would have been still deeper and more profound.