Anne of Green Gables by L. M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

byL. M. Montgomery, L. M Montgomery

Mass Market Paperback | May 15, 1995

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This edition of Anne of Green Gables includes a Foreward and Afterword by T.A. Barron.

Arriving on the train from the orphanage, Anne was enchanted by the green beauty of Prince Edward Island. She was an awkward, redheaded girl with a worn suitcase and a heart yearning for love. Was the little town on Avonlea, and the house called Green Gables, to be her new home?

To Anne's dismay, it was all a mistake. It was true that the old couple who lived at Green Gables had requested a child from the orphanage. But they had asked for a boy!

Anne did the only sensible thing. She burst into tears....

Thus begins the story of Anne of Green Gables, which continues in Anne of Avonlea. These beloved classics are among the most popular novels ever written; they have made their author, L.M. Montgomery, a legend in Canada and around the world.

L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942) was one of the premier writers of her time. She is the author of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea.
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Title:Anne of Green GablesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.84 × 4.31 × 0.87 inPublished:May 15, 1995

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812551524

ISBN - 13:9780812551525

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Everyone should read this book to get in touch with their imagination and add a little whimsy to their lives :)
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Famous Canadian book Lovely store for kids and adults.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Canadian Classic This is my absolute favourite Canadian novel. And this is one of my many editions - this particular one is illustrated by a Japanese artist and her illustrations definitely come off a bit more manga-like. Highly recommend it to fans of Anne and new readers.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved i honestly could read this book over and over again, Anne is so innocent and sweet and it's a very good coming of age book
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Classic! This is one of the best books I've ever read! This a timeless story for all ages! Super great book!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Charming, witty, and heart-touching, this Canadian classic will leave an endearing impact on any reader!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic This edition is gorgeous and the story itself is amazing. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming The Anne series is endearing and heartfelt on so many levels and the beautiful story of this Canadian Classic only begins at Green Gables.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from our famous Anne I'm always proud to gift a younger person an Anne of Green Gables book. Such a lovely Canadian literary legacy. Even older adults will enjoy a re-read of many of the Anne books. I do!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute Nice book, not as lengthy as the original but cute and great story
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I have always loved Anne of Green Gables, and this is a gorgeous edition!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good anne of green gables is a story for all ages to share with this book
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this version is shortened for kids, its still the same classic in spirit
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous! Beautiful, good quality cover!
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Canadian Classic Anne Shirley is Canadian favourite redhaired. She's smart, funny and witty. A classic for many generations.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So pretty This is a great book and the pretty cover makes it look so nice displayed on my bookshelf!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book Both this new edition and the story itself; 5 plus stars
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly and amazing book This is a real classic. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to passing it down to my daughter :)
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Read the book and then went to visit P.E.I. I had goose bumps. Such a great read.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgia times a thousand I was given a box-set of the first three Anne of Green Gables books the day I was born and they were some of the first books I ever read. This copy is a great edition to anyone's collection if they are a young girl hoping to read something wholesome or someone who has read this before and would like to reminisce.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favorite! I loved this book so much as a child. When I saw this beautiful edition I needed to add it to my collection. It also gave me a chance to re-read it and remember how much I love it. Anne has always been a beloved character to me. I love her humour and quirkiness.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I didnt love it good interesting read I wish gilbert was more present
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Perfect copy of a perfect classic tale.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Is The Version To Buy Anne Of Green Gables is such a wonderful, timeless story, and this version is particularly beautiful. The cover art by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co., makes you want to leave the book out like a coffee table book. The classic Canadian tale, of young Anne coming of age, will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings. One of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I loved this book so much! The story is very heartwarming and bittersweet at some times.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Anne Bought this book for my daughter and myself. Such a wonderful, heartwarming story. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Fav Classics I've loved this book for so many years and this edition is just beautiful and for such a great price!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT This was my favourite book as a child! And I've never seen an edition quite as pretty as this one!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of my favourite stories when I was growing up.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really beautiful edition I've read this book since I was a young kid and it's still one of my favourites
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best classic! This is the best classic ever written, a must read series.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. While I love the book (I have the entire series) I purchased this strictly for the gorgeous cover by Rifle Paper Co. I bought it for my feisty red haired daughter and will save it til she's a bit older. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I have read this novel so so many times and it never gets old. There is something so honest and real about Anne's character and this book will be a classic forever.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning How stunning is this edition illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.? It's one of five classic children's novels included in the Puffin in Bloom Collection! A beautiful novel with an equally beautiful cover fit for any bookshelf display. -SI
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming Little Book A beautiful edition of a great classic! I was so happy to find this for $5!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian Classic A very pretty book of a Canadian classic.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Tale! Lucy M. Montgomery's story is sure to capture the hearts of all readers, even over a 100 years after its original release!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Descriptive One thing that really stood out for me with these books is the descriptive imagery offered. I have to say this made the book very appealing to me, since I pay attention to these descriptions to really get a picture of the environment in my head. I'm glad the author put in so much detail!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Canadian Classic! I grew up watching Road to Avonlea and the Anne of Green Gables movies on VHS. I just read the book for the first time this past year and the town of Avonlea is so well thought out, and the characters so real and likeable, that you can't help but love them. I was so enthralled in the book, despite knowing the story already! Such a great book!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables Series when I was younger and still enjoy them today!
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful edition This is such a beautiful edition for such a beautiful story. It will look great on every book lover's shelf.
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read for the young dreamer I've had this book in my possession since I was nine and have just completed it for our book club. It is a great read for any younger dreamer. Anne has a spirited and kind nature and it shines off the pages.
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anne Shirley and I go way back. I was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, as you may have read in our ‘About us’ page on the blog. If you’ve ever been there you will know that it is a beautiful place surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. We have fantastic beaches, pretty countryside and super friendly people. If you’ve not yet visited you really should. Growing up on PEI was a blessing and a drawback. We are from a very small town where everyone knows everyone much like Avonlea. Though we lived a short drive to the beach, and our neighbors were always willing to help; the lack of excitement and entertainment made the island, at times, feel like a prison. I only read Anne of Green Gables for the first time the summer I graduated high school. That summer I had a summer job working at a local touristy restaurant, and the owner said that I could read the books that were for sale if I was bored. Even though it took me so long to read the book I knew the story really well from childhood since Anne Shirley and I go way back. The story was sort of engrained in me as a child, and when I was in the fourth grade we put on a version of the play. We got to sing and dance and had a blast. The first time that I saw the actual musical production in Charlottetown was with my now deceased grandmother. She and I went to town and had a whole day together. She brought me to the play and I remember being so completely enraptured by the story that I didn’t want it to end. My grandmother was an amazing lady who was taken from us way too soon, but I will always remember that special day I had her all to myself. She was a small town teacher, a lover of books and so well written/spoken just like the main character that I’m glad to have inherited her genes. I still have the crocheted doll of Anne which she bought me and has been with me wherever I have moved in my life. The story starts by Introducing Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. They are a brother and sister who live together at Green Gables in the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Neither has married, and so they decide to adopt a male orphan to help learn the ways of the farm and help Matthew with the chores. Matthew leaves for the train station to pick up the boy, but when he gets there he is shocked to find a girl was accidentally sent instead. This outspoken freckled-faced eleven year old talks his ear off the whole way home, but he is instantly enamored by her. Marilla eventually allows her to stay and the book tells her childhood stories of getting into trouble and having a great time doing so. One of the first pages of my copy has a page that shows a map of the Atlantic Canadian provinces with PEI highlighted and it has “It really does exist” written underneath. It’s interesting how many people will come to the island because of these books. In the summer tourists from as far as Japan (where Anne is really famous) come to see the Green Gables house that was built in Cavendish. When I reread the book I realized that Lucy Maud Montgomery paints a perfect picture of the island. Anne’s island although written in 1908 is the PEI that I know; people are just as nosy as ever and it doesn’t take long for gossip to make its way around.. The characters seem like they could be real people living on PEI today (many of the surnames are common), the way they speak, and the things she describes was so accurate. I really do adore this character she has a wonderful imagination and the romantic names that she comes up with for everything are amazingly descriptive. She is verbose, passionate and just plain fun. It’s easy to see why people are still reading these books 100 years later. And why girls are still falling in love with Anne Shirley. These books will always have a special place in my heart. I used to hate being stuck on that island but I’ve accepted that PEI was a great place to grow up and reading this book brought it all back, and made me kind of homesick for PEI. Luckily I will be visiting in September. I might even be able to take in another performance of the play. Check out http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ for more reviews
Date published: 2012-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming Book 1, in the Anne Shirley series Originally written in 1908 this heartwarming story set in Prince Edward Island recounts a part of Anne Shirley’s life (age 11 to 16) when she came to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert of Green Gables, siblings in their fifties. They were looking to adopt a male orphan in order to help them with their Avonlea heritage farm in the late 1800’s but fate and circumstances blessed them with Anne. They immediately fell in love with this bright, quick, eager to please, talkative and extremely imaginative red-headed little girl and they never looked back. Ms. Montgomery has drawn her inspiration from her own childhood experiences, memories and people of the period thus creating one of the most loved stories of all times. In later years, the little red-headed girl and her pig tails has become an icon not only on paper but also in theater and made for TV movies. The writing style has an impressive sense of humour and the third person narrative helps to unfold the plot. The vivid description of nature and the beautiful portrayal of the places are so detailed that I am not surprised this wonderful classic has delighted many readers throughout the years and made numerous fans around the world. It is an enchanting and captivating tale that has to this day enticed many to visit the magical setting of Green Gables to explore and let their imagination travel back in time. Prince Edward Island is very proud of their little Anne and has developed many tourist attractions to satisfy the interest of its visitors. The story of Anne Shirley has a number of sequels taking us further into Anne’s adventures and mishaps. “Anne of Avonlea” is the next one and I am looking forward to reading it.
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average Anne of Green Gables is a enjoyable read, the story plot starts off slow at first but it gets more interesting as Anne gets older. Anne is a wonderful protagonist, her personality makes the story more amusing since she has a sense of humour, the readers also get to follow Anne as she matures from childhood to adulthood. It's a sweet interpretation of life as a girl in PEI back then. A great piece of Canadian literature.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic My mom read this to me often when I was young and now it inspires very fond memories. A fabulous read for young girls and their mothers alike.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful story This story is a moving story about a young girl who has lost her parents, and she adopted into a family, who were hoping to adopt a boy - to help out on the farm. Obviously this book has been around for quite some time, and I am someone who is certainly old enough to have read this book before, but never did. So...I decided to read this, even though I considered it to be readings for someone in the teen years. Nevertheless, I found the character of Anne very intriguing. She shows a resiliency and strength of character in dealing with all her plights, that is very entertaining, and heart-lifting. She hears criticisms often, and she is also an emotional person. Probably not unlike most people in the world. However, Anne finds a way to deal with people, their strange ways and everything else in such a delightful way. Admittedly, she is a talker...and there are times in the book that an entire page will be devoted to her soliloquoy, where she will start at point 1, and then move to point 10. But it is indeed a part of her, and what we have come to love about her. It is not just a book for teens, or preteens....it is also a book for anyone who is at a point where you need to remember what makes people strong, what makes people interesting and how to make sure that you get everything out of life that you want to. I am moving directly to the next one - Anne of Avonlea....
Date published: 2010-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent audio presentation, and a Canadian classic for a reason I feel like I should stand on a podium and admit that my name is 'Nathan Burgoine, and I'd never read ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I have now, however, and I must say I understand why the novel touches people so. At it's heart, the book is about a young girl who has a great imagination, struggles to hold her tongue, and who hasn't got much expectation that life will be kind or loving to her. When she is accidentally adopted into a family who desired a young boy, the series of adventures (and misadventures) into which Anne Shirley gets herself begins. Touching in places to the point of sharp sadness, and clever often enough to make me laugh, this unabridged audio production was very well performed, and I caught myself listening to it more often than just on my bus rides to and from work. A lovely story, and one I can now understand having earned its place as a Canadian classic.
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from you feel like you're there A look at how a girl from the late 19th century would grow up under the care of an adopted mother. See how lively and imaginative Anne can be (spelled with an "E")! Her strong comitment to friendship and hope for the future will make you stop and think. Her mistakes and faults are very humorous. Although I found this book to have inspiring characters, I prefer books that have one main problem,instead of many small problems. Overall, I found this book deeply inspiring by the way Anne was so independent and didn't let anyone tell her otherwise.
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A timeless classic It's hard for me to say what makes this book so beautiful. Maybe kids today aren't as thrilled by it as I was. Maybe reading it again I'm taken back to my childhood and that's where the wonder comes from. Even if it is just that, a book that can transport you that way is priceless. And it doesn't matter how many times I read it or watch the movie, Matthew's death still breaks my heart and brings floods of tears. Lucy Maud had a brilliant knack for making you love a character that isn't even in the book all that much, just by a few small acts or revealing the thoughts of other characters.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Story I read this book for a university course, and I was surprised by the book. I did not expect to enjoy it but ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I actually found that I could not put it down. There are so many themes and issues covered in the book. Like Matthew in the book, I found I fell in love with Anne and as Anne grew I was challenged to growth. The themes in the book that grabbed me most were: Importance of Trees Importance of Naming Death of hope Prayers Tears of healing Belonging Dreams Alice in Wonderland References (Moral Duchess) Looking Glass Friend Sacred Memories Self Naming “Anne of GG” Desire to Fit In Friendship Time Kindred Spirits Anne being “All Spirit, Fire and Dew.” Etiquette This book was so good that even though I only needed to read it for the course I ended up reading a few of the other books in the series.
Date published: 2008-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Absolute Best This has to be my most favourite book of all time. This book allows people to have to opportunity to fall in love with a book. The wit in the novel is amazing and the characters are those that you can relate to. It also provides a strong role model for girls, which is something that todays novels may not have. This book is an all time classic that everyone should have the chance to read at least once.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read If you are looking for a great book to get lost in, buy Anne of Green Gables!
Date published: 2007-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beauty on PEI A beautiful story set in Prince Edward Island. Anne is an orphan who comes to live with a new family. She is expected to work on the farm, and say her prayers. I loved this book, its suitable for all ages. Anne of Green Gables is probably the best and most famous canadian story. I highly recommend this to anyone who has not read this story yet.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!! This book was amazing showing you the challenges Anne the orphan faces. I loved it, and had the rest of the series up to 8 done within a souple of months on account of the books being long ,and small print!. ANyways it was excellent! Anne og Avonlea, Anne of the ISland, up to # 8 with her daughter
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! I read Anne of Green Gables in the 8th grade and again last year. It is one of my favorite books not only because it is Canadian, but because Lucy Maud Montgomery is a truly amazing writter. This story of a little girl unwanted and overlooked by most is a startingly captivating tale. Many things happen in the life of this poor orphan who only really wants a home and a family to love. I recommend this book to everyone, it is truly worth the read. (There are also many books that continue on her story as she grows up, so be sure to read those as well. )
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~Scope for the Imagination~ Anne's charm never ceases to fail, and even after one hundred years, this children's classic can still captivate Canadians of all ages. I first read of Anne as a child and now, 20 years later, I see that her light and spirit is still as gripping as it could be. Anne brings hope, laughter, and love into curious hearts while telling a very serious story of an orphan finding a home, and giving us a fantastic look into Canada's history. Prince Edward Island would not be known if Lucy Maud Montgomery had decided not to create Anne, Diana, Marilla, Matthew, Gilbert, and the very life-like characters of Avonlea. If you can read through this book and not want to read the next, I commend you, as not many people can resist the temptation of Anne of Green Gables.
Date published: 2003-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Anne of Green Gables was an absolute favorite of mine the first time I read it 1 month ago and ever since then I can't get my small nose out of them!I'm absolutely IN LOVE with L.M. Montgomery and all of Anne's wonderful adventures! I suggest I you like tales about a girl and tales about imagination, you would love this series! So far I am on Anne's House of Dreams. I love the books SOOO much! I can't wait till I go to bed tonight to read the book for hours on end. I would call this a book for all ages!
Date published: 2003-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nothing better, better than chocolate The Anne of Green Gables series leaves you wanting for more adventure and more of the beautiful life Avonlea presents. Reading this series keeps you in P.E.I. the Island where most of Anne's adventures take place.
Date published: 2002-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anne Of Green Gables I loved Anne Of Green Gables. If you are Canadian or just trying to find out about Prince Edward Island, Canada, this is the book set to learn from. It will make you laugh so hard and show you that life can be hard, but there is always a good side.:)
Date published: 2002-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfection I think so Anne of green gables is a book that should be apart of every young girls life. The completeness of the story adds to every aspect.If only I could be anne are words spoken by many girls that read this book. Lucy Maud makes the chapters come alive the descriptrion is fantastic and the story line is more than exceptional. I very much enjoyed it.
Date published: 2001-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER I absolutely love this book. It the most well written book I've ever seen. It may seem imtimidating when you pick it up because it is so thick, but once you start, you can't put it down. Anyone would love this book, I can guarantee you that.
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvellous! Anne of Green Gables was written with a great deal of thought,and I think that no other book I have read in my life was better than this one. L.M. Montgomery is an unbeatable writer, and I will continue to seek out books written by her. Lastly,I would recommend this book to anyone of any age.
Date published: 2000-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting!!!! A delightful book that makes me laugh and cry. Anne enchants me with her words and it's fun, exhilerating, and realistic as you watch her grow up.
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charm and Innocence: Anne of Green Gables It is hard to deny the beauty of L.M. Montgomery's most famous work. Who can resist the charms of young Anne Shirley. From the moment that she happened upon Green Gables, life changed for the occupants of Avonlea. This famous red-head good heartedly entwines herself in 'adventures'. With Diana by her side, she becomes a welcome, though nonetheless impulsive, ray of sunshine into the sleepy village. L.M. Montgomery has in Anne a creation that satisfies a purely human longing. Young or old Anne is the best of all of us. She is without a care, yet attempting to satisfy the boundaries around her. The appeal of this book lies in this association. Readers love Anne and her adventures because they are pure, childish, and quite frankly, fun, and this glow transmits into the smiles of her readers.
Date published: 2000-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book Butiful,exuisit,wonderful,charming, striking,marvelous, fabulous, excellent, prime, splended, superb,perfect. Whichever word you like best is the word to discribe this book.
Date published: 2000-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teriffic!!!!!!!!!! This book is terrific, fantastic, spectacular.......This book can even teach you some vocabulary!!!
Date published: 2000-02-05

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Anne of Green GablesChapter 1Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is SurprisedMRS. 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 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 andthose 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 goodguess 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 the 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 bodycan 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 on 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 mental note of everything that was on that table. There were three plates laid, so that Marilla must be expecting someone home with Matthew to tea; but the dishes were every-day 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 orphanasylum! 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 Hopetown in the spring. Her cousin lives there and Mrs. Spencer has visited her 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 Barnado 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 mail man 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 advise 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 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 poisoningwells 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 them 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 than 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.All new material in this edition is copyright © 1995 by Thomas A. Barron.

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A classic story of a young orphan who finds a family when she is adopted by a brother and sister living in the small Canadian town of Avonlea. Anne is willful, imaginative, temperamental, and loquacious. She falls in love with the town, but she will need all her charms to adjust to her new life. This is a timeless story of an impetuous girl who grows into a sensitive young woman.