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Chapters 1-5

In L.M. Montgomery's classic novel, imaginative and outspoken orphan Anne Shirley comes to the town of Avonlea to live with her new guardians.

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  1. repute
    look on as or consider
    ...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 a was quiet, well-conducted little stream...
  2. decorum
    propriety in manners and conduct
    ...for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum...
  3. dint
    force or effort
    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.
  4. gauntlet
    a severe or trying experience
    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.
  5. sorrel
    of a light brownish color
    And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past 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.
  6. placidly
    in a quiet and tranquil manner
    And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past 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.
  7. betoken
    indicate by signs
    And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past 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.
  8. deftly
    in an agile manner
    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.
  9. prim
    affectedly dainty or refined
    Very green and neat and precise was that yard, set about on one side with great patriarchal willows and the other with prim Lombardies.
  10. jaunt
    make a trip for pleasure
    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.
  11. asylum
    a shelter from danger or hardship
    “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.”
  12. spry
    moving quickly and lightly
    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.
  13. qualm
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    I don’t deny there’s something in what you say, Rachel. I’ve had some qualms myself.
  14. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
    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.
  15. ungainly
    lacking grace in movement or posture
    He may have been quite right in thinking so, for he was an odd-looking personage, with an ungainly figure and long iron-gray hair that touched his stooping shoulders, and a full, soft brown beard which he had worn ever since he was twenty.
  16. sidle
    move unobtrusively or furtively
    Matthew, barely noting that it was a girl, sidled past her as quickly as possible without looking at her.
  17. jaunty
    having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
    He walked jauntily away, being hungry, and the unfortunate Matthew was left to do that which was harder for him than bearding a lion in its den—walk up to a girl—a strange girl—an orphan girl—and demand of her why she wasn’t a boy.
  18. discerning
    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
    So far, the ordinary observer; an extraordinary observer might have seen that the chin was very pointed and pronounced; that the big eyes were full of spirit and vivacity; that the mouth was sweet-lipped and expressive; that the forehead was broad and full; in short, our discerning extraordinary observer might have concluded that no commonplace soul inhabited the body of this stray woman-child of whom shy Matthew Cuthbert was so ludicrously afraid.
  19. worldly
    characteristic of secularity rather than spirituality
    “It isn’t heavy. I’ve got all my worldly goods in it, but it isn’t heavy. And if it isn’t carried in just a certain way the handle pulls out—so I’d better keep it because I know the exact knack of it.
  20. homely
    lacking in physical beauty or proportion
    I don’t ever expect to be a bride myself. I’m so homely nobody will ever want to marry me—unless it might be a foreign missionary.
  21. alabaster
    a very light white
    Her hair was pure gold rippling back from her alabaster brow.
  22. ingenuous
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    “Well now, no, I haven’t,” confessed Matthew ingenuously.
  23. bough
    any of the larger branches of a tree
    Below the boughs the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle.
  24. reverie
    absentminded dreaming while awake
    She came out of her reverie with a deep sigh and looked at him with the dreamy gaze of a soul that had been wondering afar, star-led.
  25. ethereal
    characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
    A bridge spanned it midway and from there to its lower end, where an amber-hued belt of sand-hills shut it in from the dark blue gulf beyond, the water was a glory of many shifting hues—the most spiritual shadings of crocus and rose and ethereal green, with other elusive tintings for which no name has ever been found.
  26. ruminate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    Matthew ruminated.
  27. wistful
    showing pensive sadness
    From one to another the child’s eyes darted, eager and wistful.
  28. rapture
    a state of elated bliss
    With a sigh of rapture she relapsed into silence.
  29. waif
    a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    He felt glad that it would be Marilla and not he who would have to tell this waif of the world that the home she longed for was not to be hers after all.
  30. reproachful
    expressing disapproval, blame, or disappointment
    “Oh, yes, there was an abundance of them. But Mrs. Spencer said distinctly that you wanted a girl about eleven years old. And the matron said she thought I would do. You don’t know how delighted I was. I couldn’t sleep all last night for joy. Oh,” she added reproachfully, turning to Matthew, “why didn’t you tell me at the station that you didn’t want me and leave me there? If I hadn’t seen the White Way of Delight and the Lake of Shining Waters it wouldn’t be so hard.”
  31. gable
    the triangular wall between the sloping ends of a roof
    But the spare room was out of the question for such a stray waif, so there remained only the east gable room.
  32. frill
    a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
    “Yes, I have two. The matron of the asylum made them for me. They’re fearfully skimpy. There is never enough to go around in an asylum, so things are always skimpy—at least in a poor asylum like ours. I hate skimpy night-dresses. But one can dream just as well in them as in lovely trailing ones, with frills around the neck, that’s one consolation.”
  33. raiment
    especially fine or decorative clothing
    When Marilla came up for the light various skimpy articles of raiment scattered most untidily over the floor and a certain tempestuous appearance of the bed were the only indications of any presence save her own.
  34. predilection
    a strong liking
    Marilla’s astonishment could not have been greater if Matthew had expressed a predilection for standing on his head.
  35. resolutely
    showing firm determination or purpose
    And to bed, when she had put her dishes away, went Marilla, frowning most resolutely.
  36. pervade
    spread or diffuse through
    Anne could evidently be smart to some purpose for she was down-stairs in ten minutes’ time, with her clothes neatly on, her hair brushed and braided, her face washed, and a comfortable consciousness pervading her soul that she had fulfilled all Marilla’s requirements.
  37. bent
    fixed in your purpose
    “It’s five miles; and as you’re evidently bent on talking you might as well talk to some purpose by telling me what you know about yourself.”
  38. inculcate
    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
    “I guess it doesn’t matter what a person’s name is as long as he behaves himself,” said Marilla, feeling herself called upon to inculcate a good and useful moral.
  39. drudgery
    hard, monotonous, routine work
    What a starved, unloved life she had had—a life of drudgery and poverty and neglect; for Marilla was shrewd enough to read between the lines of Anne’s history and divine the truth.
  40. pinion
    wing of a bird
    Down at the base of the cliffs were heaps of surf-worn rocks or little sandy coves inlaid with pebbles as with ocean jewels; beyond lay the sea, shimmering and blue, and over it soared the gulls, their pinions flashing silvery in the sunlight.
Created on February 2, 2018 (updated February 2, 2018)

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