look on as or consider
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...
propriety in manners and conduct
...for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
I don’t deny there’s something in what you say, Rachel. I’ve had some
surpassing the ordinary or normal
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.
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.
move unobtrusively or furtively
Matthew, barely noting that it was a girl,
sidled past her as quickly as possible without looking at her.
having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
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.
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.
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.
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.
a very light white
Her hair was pure gold rippling back from her
lacking in sophistication or worldliness
“Well now, no, I haven’t,” confessed Matthew
any of the larger branches of a tree
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.
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.
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.
reflect deeply on a subject
showing pensive sadness
From one to another the child’s eyes darted, eager and
a state of elated bliss
With a sigh of
rapture she relapsed into silence.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.
a strong liking
Marilla’s astonishment could not have been greater if Matthew had expressed a
predilection for standing on his head.
showing firm determination or purpose
And to bed, when she had put her dishes away, went Marilla, frowning most
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.