en-de  Anne of Green Gables /Chapter XII Medium
Kapitel XII.


Ein feierliches Gelübde und Versprechen.


Erst am nächsten Freitag hörte Marilla die Geschichte von dem blumenbekränzten Hut. Sie kam von Mrs. Lynde nach Hause und stellte Anne zur Rede.

"Anne, Mrs. Rachel sagt, du gingst letzten Sonntag mit deinem lächerlich mit Rosen und Butterblumen aufgetakelten Hut zur Kirche. Was um alles in der Welt bringt dich zu so einem närrischen Einfall? Eine seltsame Gestalt, muss du gewesen sein!"

„Oh. Ich weiß, dass Rosa und Gelb mir nicht gut stehen", begann Anne.

"Ob es dir gut steht, hat damit nichts zu tun! Blumen auf deinen Hut zu setzen, egal welche Farbe sie hatten, das war unsinnig. Du bist das nervigste Kind!"

Ich verstehe nicht, warum es alberner ist, Blumen am Hut als am Kleid zu tragen," protestierte Anne. "Dort hatten viele kleine Mädchen Blumensträuße an ihren Kleidern. Was war der Unterschied?"

Marilla ließ sich nicht von verlässlichen Fakten auf fragwürdige Wege des Theoretischen ablenken.

„Gib mir nicht solche Widerworte, Anne. Es war sehr töricht von dir, so etwas zu tun. Lass mich dich nie wieder bei so einem Streich erwischen. Mrs Rachel sagte, sie dachte sie würde in Ohnmacht fallen, als sie dich so aufgeputzt durch die Tür kommen sah. Sie kam nicht nah genug heran, um dir zu sagen, dass du sie abnehmen sollst, bis es zu spät war. Sie sagt, die Leute haben furchtbar viel darüber geredet. Natürlich würden sie denken, ich hätte kein besseres Gespür, als dich so herausgeputzt gehen zu lassen."

"Oh, es tut mir so leid", sagte Anne und die Tränen schossen ihr in die Augen. „Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass du etwas dagegen haben würdest. Die Rosen und Butterblumen waren so süß und hübsch, ich dachte, sie würden auf meinem Hut wunderschön aussehen. Viele der kleinen Mädchen hatten unechte Blumen auf ihren Hüten. Ich befürchte, ich werde eine furchtbare Zumutung für dich sein. Vielleicht solltest du mich lieber zurück ins Waisenhaus schicken. Das wäre furchtbar; ich glaube nicht, dass ich es ertragen könnte; wahrscheinlich würde ich die Schwindsucht bekommen; ich bin schon so dünn, wie du siehst. Aber das wäre doch besser, als dir eine Last zu sein."

"Unsinn," sagte Marilla und ärgerte sich über sich selbst, dass sie das Kind zum Weinen gebracht hat. "Ich will dich nicht ins Waisenhaus zurückschicken, ich bin ganz sicher. Ich will nur, dass du dich wie andere kleine Mädchen verhältst, und dich nicht lächerlich machst. Weine nicht mehr. Ich habe Neuigkeiten für dich. Diana Barry kam heute Nachmittag nach Hause. Ich gehe nach oben, um zu sehen, ob ich von Mrs. Barry ein Schnittmuster für einen Rock ausleihen kann und wenn du möchtest, kannst du mitkommen und Diana kennenlernen."

Anne erhob sich auf ihre Füße, mit gefalteten Händen, die Tränen glitzerten noch auf ihren Wangen; das Geschirrtuch, das sie dabei war zu säumen, rutschte unbeachtet auf den Boden.

"Oh, Marilla, ich habe solche Angst - jetzt, da es so weit ist, habe ich doch Angst. Was ist, wenn sie mich nicht mag! Es wäre die tragischste Enttäuschung meines Lebens."

"Nun, reg dich nicht auf. Und ich wünschte, du würdest solche lange Wörter nicht benutzen. Es klingt bei so einem jungen Mädchen richtig komisch. Ich denke, Diana wird dich mögen. Es ist ihre Mutter, auf die du gefasst sein musst. Wenn sie dich nicht mag, spielt es keine Rolle, wie sehr Diana dich mag. Wenn sie von deinem Ausbruch gegenüber Mrs. Lynde und dem Kirchbesuch mit Butterblumen rund um deinen Hut gehört hat, weiß ich nicht, was sie von dir denken wird. Du musst höflich und brav sein, und benutze keine deiner irritierenden Redewendungen. Um Himmels Willen, wenn das Kind nicht tatsächlich zittert!"

Anne zitterte. Ihr Gesicht war blass und gespannt.

" Oh, Marilla, du wärst auch aufgeregt, wenn du auf dem Weg wärst, ein kleines Mädchen zu treffen, von dem du hoffst, es würde deine Busenfreundin und dessen Mutter dich vielleicht nicht mögen könnte," sagte sie, als sie sich beeilte ihren Hut zu holen.

Sie gingen rüber nach Orchard Slope, indem sie die Abkürzung über den Bach und die Tannengehölzanhöhe nahmen. Als Antwort auf Marillas Klopfen kam Mrs. Barry an die Küchentür. Sie war eine große, schwarzäugige und schwarzhaarige Frau mit einem sehr resoluten Mund. Sie hatte den Ruf, mit ihren Kindern sehr streng zu sein.

"Wie geht es dir, Marilla?" sagte sie herzlich. „Komm rein. Und das ist das kleine Mädchen, das du adoptiert hast, nehme ich an?"

"Ja, das ist Anne Shirley," sagte Marilla.

Geschrieben mit einem „e“ keuchte Anne, die zitternd und aufgeregt wie sie war, doch entschlossenen war, dass es über diesen wichtigen Punkt kein Missverständnis geben sollte.

Mrs. Barry, die nicht hörte oder nicht begriff, gab ihr nur die Hand und fragte freundlich: "Wie geht's?"

Körperlich bin ich gesund, obwohl geistig erheblich aufgewühlt, danke, gnädige Frau", sagte Anne ernst. Dann seitlich zu Marilla mit hörbarem Flüstern," Da war nichts Erschreckendes dabei, oder Marilla?"

Diana saß auf dem Sofa und las ein Buch, das sie fallen ließ, als die Besucher hereinkamen. Sie war ein sehr hübsches Mädchen, mit den schwarzen Augen und Haaren ihrer Mutter und rosigen Wangen und dem fröhlichen Ausdruck, der ihr Erbe von ihrem Vater war.

"Das ist mein kleines Mädchen, Diana", sagte Mrs. Barry. "Diana, du könntest Anne in den Garten mitnehmen und ihr deine Blumen zeigen. Es wird besser für dich sein, als deine Augen über diesem Buch zu strapazieren. Sie liest entschieden zu viel " - das zu Marilla, als die kleinen Mädchen nach draußen gegangen waren - "und ich kann sie nicht davon abhalten, weil ihr Vater ihr hilft und sie anstiftet. Sie ist immer in ein Buch vertieft. Ich bin froh, dass sie möglicherweise eine Spielkameradin bekommt - vielleicht kommt sie so mehr an die Luft."

Draußen im Garten voll vom milden Licht der untergehenden Sonne, das durch die westlich stehenden dunklen alten Tannen schien, standen Anne und Diana und schauten sich verlegen über eine kleine Gruppe von lieblichen Tigerlilien hinweg an.

Der Barry-Garten war eine blühende Wildnis von Blumen, die Annes Herz jederzeit erfreut hätten, wenn es nicht so sehr belastet durch ihr Schicksal gewesen wäre. Er war von riesengroßen alten Weiden und hohen Tannen umgeben, unter denen Blumen aufblühten, die den Schatten liebten. Mustergültige, rechtwinklige Wege, ordentlich begrenzt durch Muschelschalen, unterteilten ihn wie feuchte rote Bänder und in den Beeten dazwischen wuchsen üppig altmodische Blumen. Es gab rosige Tränende Herzen und große, herrliche, purpurne Pfingstrosen; weiße, duftende Narzissen und dornige, süße Bibernell-Rosen; rosa und blaue und weiße Akeleien und lila getöntes Seifenkraut; Büschel von Eberraute und Rohrglanzgras und Minze; violettes Knabenkraut, Osterglocken und Massen von süßem, weißem Klee mit ihren feinen, duftenden, federigen Zweigen; Brennende Liebe, die ihre brennenden Lanzen über untadelige weiße Gauklerblumen schossen; ein Garten, wo Sonnenschien blieb und Bienen summten und der Wind, verlockt zu bleiben, säuselte und raschelte.

"Oh, Diana", sagte Anne, die ihre Hände fest drückte und fast flüsternd sprach: " Glaubst du, glaubst du denn, du kannst mich ein wenig gerne haben - genug, um meine Busenfreundin zu sein?"

Diana lachte. Diana lachte immer bevor sie redete.

"Ich schätze schon," sagte sie offen. "Ich bin so froh, dass du gekommen bist, um auf Green Gables zu wohnen. Es wird so schön sein, jemanden zu haben, mit dem ich spielen kann. Es gibt kein anderes Mädchen, das nah genug wohnt, um damit zu spielen, und meine Schwestern sind nicht groß genug."

"Wirst du schwören, dass du für immer meine Freundin bleibst?" verlangte Anne erwartungsvoll.

Diana sah schockiert aus.

"Warum, es ist schrecklich böse zu schwören", sagte sie tadelnd.

"Oh nein, nicht meine Art des Schwörens. Es gibt zwei Arten, weißt du."

"Ich habe nie außer von einer Art gehört", sagte Diana skeptisch.

" Es gibt wirklich noch eine. Oh, es ist überhaupt nicht böse. Es bedeutet nur zu geloben und feierlich zu versprechen."

"Nun, ich habe nichts dagegen, das zu tun", stimmte Diana erleichtert zu. Wie macht man das?"

"Wir müssen uns die Hände reichen- so", sagte Anne ernst. "Es sollte über fließendem Wasser sein. Wir stellen uns einfach vor, dieser Pfad ist fließendes Wasser. Ich werde zuerst den Schwur wiederholen. Ich schwöre feierlich, meiner Busenfreundin Diana Barry treu zu bleiben, solange Sonne und Mond Bestand haben. Jetzt sagst du es und setzt meinen Namen ein."

Diana wiederholte den "Schwur" der ganzen Länge nach mit einem Lachen. Dann sagte sie: "Du bist ein seltsames Mädchen, Anne. Ich hörte schon vorher, dass du seltsam wärest. Aber ich glaube, ich werde dich richtig gern mögen."

Als Marilla und Anne nach Hause gingen, ging Diana gemeinsam mit ihnen bis zur Holzbrücke. Die zwei kleinen Mädchen gingen miteinander Arm in Arm. Am Bach trennten sie sich mit vielen Versprechungen, den nächsten Nachmittag zusammen zu verbringen.

"Nun, fandest du in Diana eine Seelenverwandte?" fragte Marilla, als sie hinauf durch den Garten von Green Gables gingen.

Oh, ja," seufzte Anne verzückt und unempfänglich gegenüber jeglichem Sarkasmus seitens Marillas. "Oh, Marilla, ich bin in diesem Moment das glücklichste Mädchen auf Prince Edward Island. Ich versichere dir, heute werde ich meine Gebete mit richtig gutem Willen sprechen. Diana und ich werden morgen ein Spielhaus in Mr. William Bells Birkenhain bauen. Kann ich diese kaputten Porzellanstücke haben, die draußen im Holzschuppen sind? Dianas Geburtstag ist im Februar und meiner ist im März. Denkst du nicht, dass es ein sehr merkwürdiger Zufall ist? Diana wird mir ein Buch zum Lesen ausleihen. Sie sagt, es ist vollkommen großartig und ungeheuer aufregend. Sie wird mir einen Platz hinten im Wald zeigen, wo Schatten-Schachblumen wachsen. Glaubst du nicht, dass Diana sehr gefühlvolle Augen hat? Ich wünschte, ich hätte gefühlvolle Augen. Diana wird mir ein Lied beibringen namens 'Nelly im Haselnusstal'. Sie wird mir ein Bild für mein Zimmer geben; es ist ein perfektes wunderschönes Bild, sagt sie - eine schöne Dame in einem blassblauen Seidenkleid. Ein Nähmaschinenvertreter gab es ihr. Ich wünschte, ich hätte etwas, was ich Diana geben könnte. Ich bin einen Zoll größer als Diana, aber sie ist recht viel dicker; sie sagt, sie möchte dünn sein, weil es so voller Anmut wäre, aber ich fürchte, sie hat es nur gesagt, um meine Gefühle zu beschwichtigen. Wir werden irgendwann mal ans Ufer gehen, um Muscheln zu sammeln. Wir haben abgemacht, die Quelle bei der Holzbrücke die "Dyrad Bubble" zu nennen. Ist das nicht ein absolut stilvoller Name? Ich habe einmal eine Geschichte über eine Quelle gelesen, die man so nennt. Eine Dryade ist eine Art erwachsener Fee, glaube ich."

"Also, alles was ich hoffe ist, dass du Diana nicht totquatschst, " sagte Marilla. "Vergiss das nicht bei all dem, was du vorhast, Anne." Du wirst nicht die ganze Zeit und auch nicht die meiste Zeit spielen. Du musst deine Arbeit tun und sie muss zuerst getan werden."

Annes Glückskelch war voll und Matthew brachte ihn zum Überlaufen. Er war gerade von einem Ausflug zum Laden in Carmody nach Hause gekommen, verlegen holte er ein kleines Paket aus seiner Tasche und überreichte es Anne, mit einem entschuldigenden Blick zu Marilla.

"Ich hörte, wie du sagtest, du magst Schokoladenbonbons, also hab ich dir welche besorgt", sagte er.

"Hm", Marilla rümpfte die Nase. "Es wird ihre Zähne und ihren Magen schädigen." Na, na, Kind, schau nicht so betrübt. Die kannst du essen, denn Matthew hat sie schon geholt. Er hätte dir besser Pfefferminzbonbons mitbringen sollen. Sie sind gesünder. Mache dich nicht selbst krank, indem du nun alle auf einmal isst."

"Oh nein, freilich nicht", sagte Anne eifrig. "Ich werde heute nur eins essen, Marilla. Und kann ich Diana die Hälfte davon geben, ja? Die andere Hälfte wird mir zweimal so süß schmecken , wenn ich ihr einige gebe. Es ist entzückend zu denken, ich habe etwas für sie."

"Das spricht für das Kind," sagte Marilla, als Anne in ihren Giebel gegangen war, "sie ist nicht geizig. Ich bin froh, denn von allen Schwächen verabscheue ich Geiz bei einem Kind am meisten. Du liebe Zeit, es ist erst drei Wochen her, seit sie kam und es scheint, als ob sie schon immer da war. Ich kann mir den Ort ohne sie nicht vorstellen. Nun, guck nicht so wie *habichdirdochgesagt*, Matthew. Das ist bei einer Frau schlimm genug, aber bei einem Mann ist es unerträglich. Ich bin vollkommen bereit zuzugestehen, dass ich froh bin, zugestimmt zu haben das Kind zu behalten und dass ich sie lieb gewinne, aber reite nicht darauf herum, Matthew Cuthbert."
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CHAPTER XII.
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A SOLEMN VOW AND PROMISE.
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It was not until the next Friday that Marilla heard the story of the flower-wreathed hat.
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She came home from Mrs. Lynde's and called Anne to account.
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What on earth put you up to such a caper?
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A pretty-looking object you must have been!"
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"Oh.
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I know pink and yellow aren't becoming to me," began Anne.
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"Becoming fiddlesticks!
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It was putting flowers on your hat at all, no matter what colour they were, that was ridiculous.
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You are the most aggravating child!"
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"Lots of little girls there had bouquets pinned on their dresses.
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What was the difference?"
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Marilla was not to be drawn from the safe concrete into dubious paths of the abstract.
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"Don't answer me back like that, Anne.
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It was very silly of you to do such a thing.
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Never let me catch you at such a trick again.
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She couldn't get near enough to tell you to take them off till it was too late.
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She says people talked about it something dreadful.
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Of course they would think I had no better sense than to let you go decked out like that."
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"Oh, I'm so sorry," said Anne, tears welling into her eyes.
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"I never thought you'd mind.
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The roses and buttercups were so sweet and pretty I thought they'd look lovely on my hat.
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Lots of the little girls had artificial flowers on their hats.
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I'm afraid I'm going to be a dreadful trial to you.
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Maybe you'd better send me back to the asylum.
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But that would be better than being a trial to you."
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"Nonsense," said Marilla, vexed at herself for having made the child cry.
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"I don't want to send you back to the asylum, I'm sure.
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All I want is that you should behave like other little girls and not make yourself ridiculous.
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Don't cry any more.
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I've got some news for you.
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Diana Barry came home this afternoon.
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"Oh, Marilla, I'm frightened—now that it has come I'm actually frightened.
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What if she shouldn't like me!
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It would be the most tragical disappointment of my life."
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"Now, don't get into a fluster.
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And I do wish you wouldn't use such long words.
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It sounds so funny in a little girl.
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I guess Diana'll like you well enough.
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It's her mother you've got to reckon with.
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If she doesn't like you it won't matter how much Diana does.
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You must be polite and well-behaved, and don't make any of your startling speeches.
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For pity's sake, if the child isn't actually trembling!"
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Anne was trembling.
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Her face was pale and tense.
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They went over to Orchard Slope by the short cut across the brook and up the firry hill grove.
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Mrs. Barry came to the kitchen door in answer to Marilla's knock.
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She was a tall, black-eyed, black-haired woman, with a very resolute mouth.
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She had the reputation of being very strict with her children.
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"How do you do, Marilla?"
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she said cordially.
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"Come in.
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And this is the little girl you have adopted, I suppose?"
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"Yes, this is Anne Shirley," said Marilla.
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Mrs, Barry, not hearing or not comprehending, merely shook hands and said kindly: "How are you?"
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"I am well in body although considerably rumpled up in spirit, thank you, ma'am," said Anne gravely.
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Diana was sitting on the sofa, reading a book which she dropped when the callers entered.
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"This is my little girl, Diana," said Mrs. Barry.
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"Diana, you might take Anne out into the garden and show her your flowers.
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It will be better for you than straining your eyes over that book.
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She's always poring over a book.
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I'm glad she has the prospect of a playmate—perhaps it will take her more out-of-doors."
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Diana laughed.
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Diana always laughed before she spoke.
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"Why, I guess so," she said frankly.
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"I'm awfully glad you've come to live at Green Gables.
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It will be jolly to have somebody to play with.
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There isn't any other girl who lives near enough to play with, and I've no sisters big enough."
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"Will you swear to be my friend for ever and ever?"
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demanded Anne eagerly.
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Diana looked shocked.
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"Why, it's dreadfully wicked to swear," she said rebukingly.
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"Oh no, not my kind of swearing.
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There are two kinds, you know."
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"I never heard of but one kind," said Diana doubtfully.
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"There really is another.
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Oh, it isn't wicked at all.
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It just means vowing and promising solemnly."
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"Well, I don't mind doing that," agreed Diana, relieved.
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How do you do it?"
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"We must join hands—so," said Anne gravely.
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"It ought to be over running water.
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We'll just imagine this path is running water.
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I'll repeat the oath first.
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Now you say it and put my name in."
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Diana repeated the "oath" with a laugh fore and aft.
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Then she said: "You're a queer girl, Anne.
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I heard before that you were queer.
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But I believe I'm going to like you real well."
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When Marilla and Anne went home Diana went with them as far as the log bridge.
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The two little girls walked with their arms about each other.
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At the brook they parted with many promises to spend the next afternoon together.
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"Well, did you find Diana a kindred spirit?"
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asked Marilla as they went up through the garden of Green Gables.
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"Oh, yes," sighed Anne, blissfully unconscious of any sarcasm on Marilla's part.
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"Oh, Marilla, I'm the happiest girl on Prince Edward Island this very moment.
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I assure you I'll say my prayers with a right good-will to-night.
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Diana and I are going to build a playhouse in Mr. William Bell's birch grove to-morrow.
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Can I have those broken pieces of china that are out in the wood-shed?
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Diana's birthday is in February and mine is in March.
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Don't you think that is a very strange coincidence?
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Diana is going to lend me a book to read.
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She says it's perfectly splendid and tremenjusly exciting.
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She's going to show me a place back in the woods where rice lilies grow.
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Don't you think Diana has got very soulful eyes?
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I wish I had soulful eyes.
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Diana is going to teach me to sing a song called 'Nelly in the Hazel Dell.'
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A sewing-machine agent gave it to her.
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I wish I had something to give Diana.
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We're going to the shore some day to gather shells.
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We have agreed to call the spring down by the log bridge the Dryad's Bubble.
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Isn't that a perfectly elegant name?
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I read a story once about a spring called that.
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A dryad is a sort of grown-up fairy, I think."
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"Well, all I hope is you won't talk Diana to death," said Marilla.
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"But remember this in all your planning, Anne.
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You're not going to play all the time nor most of it.
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You'll have your work to do and it'll have to be done first."
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Anne's cup of happiness was full, and Matthew caused it to overflow.
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"I heard you say you liked chocolate sweeties, so I got you some," he said.
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"Humph," sniffed Marilla.
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"It'll ruin her teeth and stomach.
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There, there, child, don't look so dismal.
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You can eat those, since Matthew has gone and got them.
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He'd better have brought you peppermints.
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They're wholesomer.
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Don't sicken yourself eating them all at once now."
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"Oh, no, indeed, I won't," said Anne eagerly.
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"I'll just eat one to-night, Marilla.
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And I can give Diana half of them, can't I?
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The other half will taste twice as sweet to me if I give some to her.
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It's delightful to think I have something to give her."
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"I will say it for the child," said Marilla when Anne had gone to her gable, "she isn't stingy.
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I'm glad, for of all faults I detest stinginess in a child.
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Dear me, it's only three weeks since she came, and it seems as if she'd been here always.
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I can't imagine the place without her.
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Now, don't be looking I-told-you-so, Matthew.
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That's bad enough in a woman, but it isn't to be endured in a man.
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Update: Thank to Gaby and her watching the movie, we now know that:
1. Anne only use the formal form ("Sie") at the start, but later (we agreed for Chapter XI) she will say "du" to Marilla and Matthew, and the formal form with everybody else but her classmates. Marilla and Rachel are friends and they use "du".
2. She likes overstatements and superlatives.
3. We need to translate "green gables" as it is done in the movie.

by gaelle044 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Anne of Green Gables (1908)

Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. It has been adapted as film, made-for-television movies, and animated and live-action television series. — Excerpted from Anne of Green Gables (1908) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables_(1908)

by gaelle044 10 months, 2 weeks ago

CHAPTER XII.

A SOLEMN VOW AND PROMISE.

It was not until the next Friday that Marilla heard the story of the flower-wreathed hat. She came home from Mrs. Lynde's and called Anne to account.

"Anne, Mrs. Rachel says you went to church last Sunday with your hat rigged out ridiculous with roses and buttercups. What on earth put you up to such a caper? A pretty-looking object you must have been!"

"Oh. I know pink and yellow aren't becoming to me," began Anne.

"Becoming fiddlesticks! It was putting flowers on your hat at all, no matter what colour they were, that was ridiculous. You are the most aggravating child!"

"I don't see why it's any more ridiculous to wear flowers on your hat than on your dress," protested Anne. "Lots of little girls there had bouquets pinned on their dresses. What was the difference?"

Marilla was not to be drawn from the safe concrete into dubious paths of the abstract.

"Don't answer me back like that, Anne. It was very silly of you to do such a thing. Never let me catch you at such a trick again. Mrs. Rachel says she thought she would sink through the floor when she saw you come in all rigged out like that. She couldn't get near enough to tell you to take them off till it was too late. She says people talked about it something dreadful. Of course they would think I had no better sense than to let you go decked out like that."

"Oh, I'm so sorry," said Anne, tears welling into her eyes. "I never thought you'd mind. The roses and buttercups were so sweet and pretty I thought they'd look lovely on my hat. Lots of the little girls had artificial flowers on their hats. I'm afraid I'm going to be a dreadful trial to you. Maybe you'd better send me back to the asylum. That would be terrible; I don't think I could endure it; most likely I would go into consumption; I'm so thin as it is, you see. But that would be better than being a trial to you."

"Nonsense," said Marilla, vexed at herself for having made the child cry. "I don't want to send you back to the asylum, I'm sure. All I want is that you should behave like other little girls and not make yourself ridiculous. Don't cry any more. I've got some news for you. Diana Barry came home this afternoon. I'm going up to see if I can borrow a skirt pattern from Mrs. Barry, and if you like you can come with me and get acquainted with Diana."

Anne rose to her feet, with clasped hands, the tears still glistening on her cheeks; the dish-towel she had been hemming slipped unheeded to the floor.

"Oh, Marilla, I'm frightened—now that it has come I'm actually frightened. What if she shouldn't like me! It would be the most tragical disappointment of my life."

"Now, don't get into a fluster. And I do wish you wouldn't use such long words. It sounds so funny in a little girl. I guess Diana'll like you well enough. It's her mother you've got to reckon with. If she doesn't like you it won't matter how much Diana does. If she has heard about your outburst to Mrs. Lynde and going to church with buttercups round your hat I don't know what she'll think of you. You must be polite and well-behaved, and don't make any of your startling speeches. For pity's sake, if the child isn't actually trembling!"

Anne was trembling. Her face was pale and tense.

"Oh, Marilla, you'd be excited, too, if you were going to meet a little girl you hoped to be your bosom friend and whose mother mightn't like you," she said as she hastened to get her hat.

They went over to Orchard Slope by the short cut across the brook and up the firry hill grove. Mrs. Barry came to the kitchen door in answer to Marilla's knock. She was a tall, black-eyed, black-haired woman, with a very resolute mouth. She had the reputation of being very strict with her children.

"How do you do, Marilla?" she said cordially. "Come in. And this is the little girl you have adopted, I suppose?"

"Yes, this is Anne Shirley," said Marilla.

"Spelled with an e," gasped Anne, who, tremulous and excited as she was, was determined there should be no misunderstanding on that important point.

Mrs, Barry, not hearing or not comprehending, merely shook hands and said kindly:

"How are you?"

"I am well in body although considerably rumpled up in spirit, thank you, ma'am," said Anne gravely. Then aside to Marilla in an audible whisper, "There wasn't anything startling in that, was there, Marilla?"

Diana was sitting on the sofa, reading a book which she dropped when the callers entered. She was a very pretty little girl, with her mother's black eyes and hair, and rosy cheeks, and the merry expression which was her inheritance from her father.

"This is my little girl, Diana," said Mrs. Barry. "Diana, you might take Anne out into the garden and show her your flowers. It will be better for you than straining your eyes over that book. She reads entirely too much—" this to Marilla as the little girls went out—"and I can't prevent her, for her father aids and abets her. She's always poring over a book. I'm glad she has the prospect of a playmate—perhaps it will take her more out-of-doors."

Outside in the garden, which was full of mellow sunset light streaming through the dark old firs to the west of it, stood Anne and Diana, gazing bashfully at one another over a clump of gorgeous tiger lilies.

The Barry garden was a bowery wilderness of flowers which would have delighted Anne's heart at any time less fraught with destiny. It was encircled by huge old willows and tall firs, beneath which flourished flowers that loved the shade. Prim, right- angled paths, neatly bordered with clam-shells, intersected it like moist red ribbons and in the beds between old-fashioned flowers ran riot. There were rosy bleeding-hearts and great splendid crimson peonies; white, fragrant narcissi and thorny, sweet Scotch roses; pink and blue and white columbines and lilac-tinted Bouncing Bets; clumps of southernwood and ribbon grass and mint; purple Adam-and-Eve, daffodils, and masses of sweet clover white with its delicate, fragrant, feathery sprays; scarlet lightning that shot its fiery lances over prim white musk-flowers; a garden it was where sunshine lingered and bees hummed, and winds, beguiled into loitering, purred and rustled.

"Oh, Diana," said Anne at last, clasping her hands and speaking almost in a whisper, "do you think—oh, do you think you can like me a little—enough to be my bosom friend?"

Diana laughed. Diana always laughed before she spoke.

"Why, I guess so," she said frankly. "I'm awfully glad you've come to live at Green Gables. It will be jolly to have somebody to play with. There isn't any other girl who lives near enough to play with, and I've no sisters big enough."

"Will you swear to be my friend for ever and ever?" demanded Anne eagerly.

Diana looked shocked.

"Why, it's dreadfully wicked to swear," she said rebukingly.

"Oh no, not my kind of swearing. There are two kinds, you know."

"I never heard of but one kind," said Diana doubtfully.

"There really is another. Oh, it isn't wicked at all. It just means vowing and promising solemnly."

"Well, I don't mind doing that," agreed Diana, relieved. How do you do it?"

"We must join hands—so," said Anne gravely. "It ought to be over running water. We'll just imagine this path is running water. I'll repeat the oath first. I solemnly swear to be faithful to my bosom friend, Diana Barry, as long as the sun and moon shall endure. Now you say it and put my name in."

Diana repeated the "oath" with a laugh fore and aft. Then she said:

"You're a queer girl, Anne. I heard before that you were queer. But I believe I'm going to like you real well."

When Marilla and Anne went home Diana went with them as far as the log bridge. The two little girls walked with their arms about each other. At the brook they parted with many promises to spend the next afternoon together.

"Well, did you find Diana a kindred spirit?" asked Marilla as they went up through the garden of Green Gables.

"Oh, yes," sighed Anne, blissfully unconscious of any sarcasm on Marilla's part. "Oh, Marilla, I'm the happiest girl on Prince Edward Island this very moment. I assure you I'll say my prayers with a right good-will to-night. Diana and I are going to build a playhouse in Mr. William Bell's birch grove to-morrow. Can I have those broken pieces of china that are out in the wood-shed? Diana's birthday is in February and mine is in March. Don't you think that is a very strange coincidence? Diana is going to lend me a book to read. She says it's perfectly splendid and tremenjusly exciting. She's going to show me a place back in the woods where rice lilies grow. Don't you think Diana has got very soulful eyes? I wish I had soulful eyes. Diana is going to teach me to sing a song called 'Nelly in the Hazel Dell.' She's going to give me a picture to put up in my room; it's a perfectly beautiful picture, she says—a lovely lady in a pale blue silk dress. A sewing-machine agent gave it to her. I wish I had something to give Diana. I'm an inch taller than Diana, but she is ever so much fatter; she says she'd like to be thin because it's so much more graceful, but I'm afraid she only said it to soothe my feelings. We're going to the shore some day to gather shells. We have agreed to call the spring down by the log bridge the Dryad's Bubble. Isn't that a perfectly elegant name? I read a story once about a spring called that. A dryad is a sort of grown-up fairy, I think."

"Well, all I hope is you won't talk Diana to death," said Marilla. "But remember this in all your planning, Anne. You're not going to play all the time nor most of it. You'll have your work to do and it'll have to be done first."

Anne's cup of happiness was full, and Matthew caused it to overflow. He had just got home from a trip to the store at Carmody, and he sheepishly produced a small parcel from his pocket and handed it to Anne, with a deprecatory look at Marilla.

"I heard you say you liked chocolate sweeties, so I got you some," he said.

"Humph," sniffed Marilla. "It'll ruin her teeth and stomach. There, there, child, don't look so dismal. You can eat those, since Matthew has gone and got them. He'd better have brought you peppermints. They're wholesomer. Don't sicken yourself eating them all at once now."

"Oh, no, indeed, I won't," said Anne eagerly. "I'll just eat one to-night, Marilla. And I can give Diana half of them, can't I? The other half will taste twice as sweet to me if I give some to her. It's delightful to think I have something to give her."

"I will say it for the child," said Marilla when Anne had gone to her gable, "she isn't stingy. I'm glad, for of all faults I detest stinginess in a child. Dear me, it's only three weeks since she came, and it seems as if she'd been here always. I can't imagine the place without her. Now, don't be looking I-told-you-so, Matthew. That's bad enough in a woman, but it isn't to be endured in a man. I'm perfectly willing to own up that I'm glad I consented to keep the child and that I'm getting fond of her, but don't you rub it in, Matthew Cuthbert."