en-fr  Anne of Green Gables /Chapter XXIX Medium
Une période dans la vie d'Anne.

Anne ramenait les vaches du pâturage en empruntant le Chemin des Amoureux.

C'était un soir de septembre et, dans la forêt, le sous-bois et les clairières tout entiers étaient baignés par la lumière rougeoyante du coucher de soleil.

Le chemin en était éclaboussé ici et là mais sa majeure partie était déjà sombre sous les érables et, sous les sapins, l'air était empli d'une pénombre violet pâle, comme un vin léger.

Le vent s'enroulait autour de leurs cimes et il n'y a pas sur terre de musique plus douce que celle du vent, le soir, dans les sapins.

Les vaches tanguaient tranquillement sur le chemin et Anne, rêveuse, les suivait, récitant à voix haute le chant épique de Marmion - qui avait aussi fait partie de leur cours d'anglais l'hiver dernier et que Miss Stacy leur avait fait apprendre par cœur - exaltée par ses images de cavalcade et de lances entrecroisées.

Quand elle arriva à ces vers : « Les soldats têtus toujours reformaient, Leur sombre et impénétrable forêt » en extase, elle ferma les yeux pour mieux se représenter cette charge héroïque.

Quand elle les rouvrit, ce fut pour voir Diana qui franchissait la barrière menant au champ des Barry. Elle avait un air si important qu'Anne, instantanément, devina qu'elle avait des nouvelles à lui raconter.

Mais elle ne voulait pas manifester trop clairement sa curiosité.

– Cette soirée n'est-elle pas telle à un rêve pourpre, Diana ?

Cela me rend si heureuse d'être vivante.

Le matin, je pense toujours que les matins sont les meilleurs ; mais quand vient le soir, je pense que c'est encore plus beau.

– C'est une très belle soirée, dit Diana, mais, oh ! j'ai de telles nouvelles, Anne.

Devine. Tu peux faire trois tentatives.

– Charlotte Gillis va finalement se marier à l'église et Mme Allan veut que nous la décorions, s'écria Anne.

– Non. Le prétendant de Charlotte n’acceptera pas parce que personne ne s'est jamais marié à l’église jusqu'à présent et il pense que cela ressemblerait trop à un enterrement.

— C'est pitié parce que ce serait si amusant. Essaie encore. — La mère de Jane va l'autoriser à faire une fête d'anniversaire ?

Diana secoua la tête et ses yeux noirs dansaient de joie.

Je n'arrive pas à trouver ce que cela peut être, dit Anne, désespérée, à moins que Moody Spurgeon MacPherson ne t'ait raccompagnée de la réunion de prières hier soir.

C'est cela ? — Je pense bien que non, s'exclama Diana avec indignation.

Je ne m'en vanterais surement pas s'il le faisait, cet horrible individu !

Je savais que tu ne pourrais pas deviner.

Maman a reçu une lettre de tante Joséphine aujourd’hui, et tante Joséphine veut que toi et moi allions en ville mardi prochain et restions avec elle pour l'exposition.

Voilà ! — Oh, Diana, murmura Anne qui fut obligée de s'adosser contre un érable pour se soutenir, est-ce bien vrai ?

Mais j'ai peur que Marilla ne me laisse pas y aller.

Elle va dire qu'elle ne peut pas encourager la flânerie.

C'est ce qu'elle a dit la semaine dernière quand Jane m'a invitée pour aller avec eux dans leur boghei à quatre places au concert américain à l’hôtel des Sables Blancs.

Je voulais y aller mais Marilla a dit que je serais mieux à la maison à apprendre mes leçons et Jane aussi.

J'étais amèrement désappointée, Diana.

J'avais le cœur tellement brisé que je n'ai pas dit mes prières lorsque je me suis couchée.

Mais je me suis repentie et je me suis levée au beau milieu de la nuit pour les réciter.

— J'ai une idée, dit Diana, nous allons nous arranger pour que maman pose la question à Marilla.

Elle sera plus susceptible de t'autoriser à y aller comme ça, et si elle le fait, ce sera le plus beau jour de notre vie, Anne.

Je ne suis jamais allée à une exposition, et c'est si agaçant d'entendre les autres filles parler de leurs sorties.

Ruby et Jane y sont allées deux fois et elles y retournent cette année. — Je ne vais pas y penser du tout avant de savoir si je peux y aller ou non, déclara Anne avec fermeté.

Si j'y pensais et que j'étais déçue, ce serait plus que je ne pourrais supporter.

Mais au cas où je m'y rendrais, je suis très heureuse de savoir que mon nouveau manteau sera prêt pour l'occasion.

Marilla ne pensait pas que j'aurais besoin d’un nouveau manteau.

Elle a dit que l'ancien irait très bien pour un nouvel hiver et que je devrais me contenter d'une nouvelle robe.

La robe est très jolie, Diana... bleu marine et tellement à la mode.

Marilla fait toujours mes robes à la mode maintenant, car elle dit qu’elle n’a pas l’intention que Matthew aille demander à Mme Lynde de me les faire.

Je suis si heureuse.

Il est beaucoup plus facile d'être bonne si vos vêtements sont à la mode.

Enfin, pour moi c'est plus facile.

Je suppose que cela ne fait pas une telle différence pour les gens qui sont naturellement bons.

Mais Matthew a dit que je devais avoir un nouveau manteau, alors Marilla a acheté une belle pièce de drap bleu et c'est une vraie couturière de Carmody qui est en train de le faire.

Il sera prêt samedi soir, et j’essaie de ne pas m'imaginer remontant l’allée de l’église dimanche dans ma nouvelle tenue et avec mon nouveau bonnet, parce que j’ai peur que ce ne soit pas bien d’imaginer de telles choses.

Néanmoins ça s'insinue en moi contre mon gré.

Mon bonnet est si joli.

Matthew me l'a acheté le jour où nous sommes allés à Carmody.

C'est un de ces petits bonnets en velours bleu qui font fureur, avec un cordon doré et des pompons.

Ton nouveau chapeau est élégant, Diana, et il te va si bien.

Quand je t'ai vue entrer à l'église dimanche dernier, mon cœur s'est gonflé de fierté de penser que tu étais mon amie la plus chère.

Penses-tu que ce soit mal de penser autant à nos vêtements ?

Marilla dit que c'est très immoral. Mais c’est un sujet tellement intéressant, non ?

Marilla accepta de laisser Anne se rendre en ville et il fut convenu que M.Barry emmènerait les filles le mardi suivant.
Comme Charlottetown se trouve à une cinquantaine de kilomètres et que M.Barry souhaitait faire l'aller-retour le même jour, il fallait partir de très bonne heure.

Mais le mardi matin, tout à sa joie, Anne était debout avant le lever du soleil.

Un coup d'œil par sa fenêtre lui assura que la journée serait parfaite, à l'est, derrière les sapins du Bois hanté le ciel était tout argenté et sans un seul nuage.

À travers les arbres, une lumière brillait au pignon ouest de la Colline aux vergers, signe que Diana également était levée.

Anne s'était habillée pendant que Matthew allumait le feu et le petit déjeuner était prêt quand Marilla descendit, mais pour sa part, elle était trop excitée pour avaler quoi que ce soit..

Après le petit-déjeuner, Anne, portant le nouveau bonnet et la nouvelle veste, s'empressa de franchir le ruisseau et de remonter le chemin le long des sapins jusqu'à la Colline au verger.

M.Barry et Diana l'attendaient, et ils se mirent rapidement en route.

C'était un long trajet, mais Anne et Diana en dégustèrent chaque instant.

C'était un délice de cahoter sur les routes couvertes de rosée sous les rayons du soleil levant qui caressaient les champs moissonnés.

L'air était vif et piquant, de petites volutes de brume dérivaient des collines pour épouser le fond des vallées.

Parfois le chemin traversait une forêt d'érables qui commençaient à revêtir leur parure pourpre, parfois il franchissait des ponts jetés sur des rivières et Anne frissonnait presque avec délice à son ancienne peur, parfois il s'enroulait le long d'un port côtier et passait devant un petit village de pêcheurs aux cabanes grises, puis il gravissait une colline d'où l'on pouvait apercevoir de vastes ondulations de terres ou un ciel bleu brumeux et chaque instant de son parcours pouvait faire l'objet de commentaires émerveillés.

Il était presque midi quand ils atteignirent la ville et trouvèrent la route de Beechwood.

C'était une belle demeure ancienne, située en retrait de la route dans un écrin d'ormes verts et de hêtres.

Mme Barry les accueillit à l'entrée, une lueur brillant dans son regard sombre et vif.

— Enfin tu viens me voir, ma petite Anne, dit-elle.

Doux Jésus, mon enfant, comme tu as grandi ! Tu es plus grande que moi, c'est sûr.

Et aussi, tu as tellement embelli.

Mais je pense que tu le sais déjà.

— Non, vraiment pas, dit Anne, rayonnante.

Je sais que j'ai moins de taches de rousseur qu'avant, j'ai donc beaucoup de chance, mais, en toute sincérité, je n'avais pas osé espérer d'autres améliorations.

Je suis contente que vous pensiez que c'est le cas, mademoiselle Barry.

La maison de mademoiselle Barry était meublée avec un «goût somptueux», comme Anne le raconta à Marilla par la suite.
Les deux fillettes de la campagne furent assez étourdies par la splendeur du petit salon où mademoiselle Barry les laissa lorsqu'elle alla s'occuper du dîner.

— N'est-ce pas tout simplement un palais ? murmura Diana.

Je n'étais jamais entrée dans la maison de tante Joséphine auparavant, et je ne me doutais pas qu'elle était aussi grandiose.

Je souhaiterais juste que Julia Bell puisse voir cela... elle en fait tellement sur le salon de sa mère.

— Tapis de velours, soupirait Anne avec volupté, rideaux de soie !

J'en ai rêvé, Diana.

Mais sais-tu, qu'après tout, je ne m'y sens pas très à l'aise ?

Il y a tellement de choses dans cette pièce et toutes si magnifiques qu'il n'y a pas de place pour l'imagination.

Une des consolations quand tu es pauvre, c'est que cela laisse beaucoup de place à l'imagination.

Leur séjour à la ville fut quelque chose qui fit date, pour Anne et Diana, pendant des années.

Du début à la fin, ce furent délices sur délices.

Le mercredi, Mlle Barry les emmena au parc des expositions et les y garda toute la journée.

— C'était splendide, raconta plus tard Anne à Marilla.


Je n'avais jamais rien imaginé d'aussi intéressant.

Je ne sais pas vraiment quel secteur était le plus intéressant.

Je pense que ce j'ai aimé le plus, ce sont les chevaux, les fleurs et les ouvrages pour dames.

Josie Pye a remporté le premier prix de tricot dentelle.

J'étais vraiment contente pour elle. Et j'étais heureuse d’être contente, car cela montre que je fais des progrès, ne crois-tu pas Marilla, puisque je peux me réjouir du succès de Josie ?

M. Harmon Andrews a remporté le deuxième prix pour ses pommes Gravenstein et M. Bell le premier prix du plus beau cochon.

Diana pense que c'est ridicule pour un directeur d'école du dimanche de recevoir un premier prix pour un cochon, mais je ne vois pas pourquoi.

Et toi ? Elle dit qu'elle ne pourra s'empêcher d'y penser quand elle le verra prier de façon si solennelle.

Clara Louise MacPherson a reçu un prix de peinture et Mme Lynde a reçu le premier prix du meilleur beurre et du meilleur fromage faits maison.

Avonlea était vraiment bien représenté, tu ne trouves pas ?

Mme Lynde y était ce jour-là, et j'ignorais à quel point je l'aimais vraiment jusqu'à ce que je voie son visage familier parmi tous ces étrangers.

Il y avait des milliers de gens, Marilla.

Je me suis sentie terriblement insignifiante.

Et Mlle Barry nous a emmenées dans la tribune pour assister aux courses hippiques.

Mme Lynde n'a pas voulu y aller, elle a dit que les courses de chevaux étaient une abomination et qu'en tant que membre de l'église, elle pensait qu'il était de son devoir de donner le bon exemple en restant à l'écart.

Mais il y avait tellement de monde que je ne pense pas que l'absence de Mme Lynde ait été remarquée.

Cependant, je ne pense pas que je devrais y aller très souvent parce qu'elles sont atrocement fascinantes.

Diana était si surexcitée qu'elle m'a offert de parier dix cents contre moi que le cheval roux allait gagner.

Je ne pensais pas qu'il allait gagner mais j'ai refusé de parier parce que je voulais tout raconter en détail à Mme Allan, et j'étais persuadée que je ne voudrais pas lui parler de cela.

C'est toujours mal de faire quelque chose qu'on ne peut raconter à l'épouse du pasteur.

Avoir l'épouse d'un pasteur pour amie c'est quasiment avoir une deuxième conscience.

Et j'étais très contente de ne pas avoir parié, parce que le cheval roux avait gagné et que j'aurais perdu dix cents.

Ainsi tu vois que la vertu comporte sa propre récompense.

Nous avons vu un homme s'élever dans un ballon.

J'adorerais m'envoler dans un ballon, Marilla ; ce serait tout à fait excitant ; et nous avons vu un homme disant la bonne aventure.

Vous le payiez dix cents et un petit oiseau tirait la bonne aventure pour vous.

Mlle Barry nous a donné dix cents chacune à Diana et à moi pour qu'on nous dise l'avenir.

Le mien était que j'allais épouser un homme au teint mat qui serait très riche et que j'irai vivre au-delà de l'eau.

J'ai regardé attentivement tous les hommes au teint mat que j'ai vus après ça, mais aucun d'eux ne m'a intéressée et de toute façon, je pense qu'il est trop tôt encore pour le chercher.

Oh ! c'était un jour-à-ne-jamais-oublier, Marilla.

J'étais si fatiguée, je n'ai pas pu dormir de la nuit.

Mlle Barry nous a installées dans la chambre d'amis, comme promis.

C'était une pièce élégante, Marilla, mais pourtant, dormir dans une chambre d'amis n'était pas ce que j'avais cru.

C'est l'horreur de grandir et je commence à le réaliser.

Les choses que vous vouliez tant quand vous étiez enfant ne paraissent pas à moitié aussi merveilleuses quand vous les obtenez.

Jeudi, les filles firent une promenade dans le parc et, dans la soirée, Mlle Barry les emmena à un concert à l'académie de musique, où une prima donna réputée devait chanter.

Pour Anne la soirée fut un émerveillement resplendissant.

— Oh, Marilla, c'était indescriptible.

J'étais tellement excitée que je ne pouvais même pas parler, sans doute comprends-tu ce que je veux dire.

J'étais assise dans un silence envoûtant.

Madame Selitsky était absolument magnifique ; elle portait une robe de satin blanc et des diamants.

Mais quand elle a commencé à chanter, je n'ai plus pensé à rien d'autre.

Oh, je ne peux pas te dire ce que cela me faisait.

Mais il m'a semblé qu'il ne me serait plus jamais difficile d’être une bonne personne.

J'avais cette impression que je ressens quand je regarde les étoiles.

Des larmes me montaient aux yeux... mais, oh... c'étaient des larmes de joie.

J'étais si triste quand tout fut terminé et j'ai dit à Mlle Barry que je ne voyais pas comment je pourrais retourner au train-train quotidien.

Elle a suggéré que nous nous rendions dans le restaurant de l'autre côté de la rue et que manger une crème glacée pourrait m'aider à y parvenir.

Cela semblait si prosaïque mais, à ma grande surprise, ça a fonctionné.

La crème glacée était délicieuse, Marilla, et c'était tellement charmant et distrayant de se retrouver à manger une glace à onze heures du soir.

Diana a déclaré qu'elle pensait être faite pour vivre en ville.

Mlle Barry m'a demandé ce que j'en pensais, mais j'ai dit que je devais y réfléchir très sérieusement avant de pouvoir lui dire ce que je pensais vraiment.

J'y ai donc bien réfléchi après m'être mise au lit.

C'est le meilleur moment pour la réflexion.

Et je suis arrivée à la conclusion, Marilla, que je n'étais pas faite pour vivre en ville et j'en étais ravie.

C'est agréable de déguster de la crème glacée dans de magnifiques restaurants à onze heures du soir, de temps en temps, mais dans la vie quotidienne, je préfère me retrouver dans le pignon est à onze heures, profondément endormie, mais en sachant, même dans mon sommeil, que les étoiles brillent dehors et que le vent souffle dans les sapins au-delà du ruisseau.

C'est ce que j'ai dit le lendemain au cours du petit déjeuner à Mlle Barry et ça l'a fait rire.

En général, Mlle Barry riait à tout ce que je disais même les choses les plus sérieuses.

Ça ne me plaisait pas vraiment, Marilla, parce que je n'essayais pas d'être drôle.

Mais c'est une dame d'une grande hospitalité et elle nous a traitées comme des princesses.

Vendredi sonna l'heure du départ et Mlle Barry vint chercher les fillettes.

Eh bien, j'espère que vous vous êtes bien amusées, dit Mlle Barry au moment des au revoir.

— Et comment ! répondit Diana.

— Et toi, ma petite Anne ?

– J'ai apprécié chaque minute passée, dit Anne, jetant impulsivement les bras autour du cou de la vieille dame et embrassant sa joue ridée.

Diana n'aurait jamais osé faire une chose pareille et était plutôt choquée par la liberté d'Anne.

Mais Mlle Barry était contente, elle se tint sur la véranda et regarda le buggy jusqu'à ce qu'elle le perdÎt de vue.

Alors, avec un soupir, elle retourna dans sa grande maison.

Elle semblait vraiment très vide sans ces jeunes vies fraiches.

À vrai dire, Mlle Barry était une vieille dame plutôt égoïste et ne s'était jamais beaucoup intéressée à personne d'autre qu'elle-même.

Elle n'estimait les gens qu'en ce qu'ils lui étaient utiles ou qu'ils l'amusaient.

Anne l'avait amusée et, par conséquent, était haut placée dans les bonnes grâces de la vieille dame.

Mais Mlle Barry se surprit à moins penser aux discours originaux d'Anne qu'à son enthousiasme rafraîchissant, à ses émotions spontanées, à ses petits airs combatifs ainsi qu'à la douceur de ses yeux et de ses lèvres.

– J'ai pensé que Marilla Cuthbert était complètement folle quand elle a adopté une fille de l'orphelinat, pensa-t-elle, mais je suppose qu'après tout elle n'a pas eu tort.

Si j'avais une enfant comme Anne à la maison en permanence, je serais une femme meilleure et bien plus heureuse.

Anne et Diana trouvèrent le retour à la maison aussi agréable que leur départ - plus agréable, en effet, car elle avaient la délicieuse conscience de la maison qui les attendait à l'arrivée.

Le soleil se couchait lorsqu'elles traversèrent les Dunes Blanches et tournèrent sur la route côtière.

Au-delà, les collines d'Avonlea semblaient sombres contre le ciel couleur safran.

Derrière elles, la lune se levait au-dessus de la mer qui s'étendait toute scintillante et métamorphosée dans sa lumière.

Chaque petite crique le long de la route sinueuse était une merveille de vaguelettes dansantes.

Les vagues s'écrasaient doucement sur les rochers en contrebas, et l'odeur de la mer était dans l'air puissante et fraiche.

— Oh, c'est si bon d’être en vie et de rentrer chez soi, souffla Anne.

Alors qu'elle traversait le pont en rondins qui enjambait le ruisseau, la lampe de la cuisine des Pignons Verts salua amicalement son retour, et par la porte ouverte, le feu de l’âtre brillait, lançant dans la nuit froide de l'automne sa chaleureuse lueur rouge.

Anne remonta allègrement la colline en courant jusque dans la cuisine, où un souper brûlant attendait sur la table.

– Alors vous voici de retour ? dit Marilla, repliant son tricot.

– Oui et oh ! c'est si bon d'être de retour, s'exclama Anne joyeusement.

Je pourrais tout embrasser, même la pendule.

Un poulet bouilli, Marilla ?! Ne me dis pas que tu l'as cuisiné pour moi ! — Bien sûr que si, dit Marilla. J'ai pensé que tu serais affamée après un trajet aussi long et que tu aurais besoin de quelque chose de vraiment appétissant.

Dépêche-toi de te mettre à l'aise, et nous souperons dès que Matthew rentrera.

J'avoue que je suis contente de ton retour.

C’est très ennuyeux ici sans toi, et je pensais que ces quatre longues journées ne se termineraient jamais.

Après le souper, Anne s'assit devant le feu entre Matthew et Marilla et leur fit un compte rendu complet de sa visite.

J’ai passé un merveilleux moment, conclut-elle joyeusement, et je sens que ça marque une époque dans ma vie.

Mais le mieux de tout, c'était le retour à la maison.
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An Epoch in Anne’s Life.
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ANNE was bringing the cows home from the back pasture by way of Lover’s Lane.
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But betray too eager curiosity she would not.
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“Isn’t this evening just like a purple dream, Diana?.
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It makes me so glad to be alive.
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“It’s a very fine evening,” said Diana, “but oh, I have such news, Anne.
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Guess.
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You can have three guesses.”.
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“No.
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.It’s too mean, because it would be such fun.
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Guess again.” “Jane’s mother is going to let her have a birthday party?”.
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Diana shook her head, her black eyes dancing with merriment.
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Did he?” “I should think not,” exclaimed Diana indignantly.
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“I wouldn’t be likely to boast of it if he did, the horrid creature!.
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I knew you couldn’t guess it.
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But I’m afraid Marilla won’t let me go.
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She will say that she can’t encourage gadding about.
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I wanted to go, but Marilla said I’d be better at home learning my lessons and so would Jane.
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I was bitterly disappointed, Diana.
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I felt so heartbroken that I wouldn’t say my prayers when I went to bed.
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But I repented of that and got up in the middle of the night and said them.”.
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“I’ll tell you,” said Diana, “we’ll get Mother to ask Marilla.
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“If I did and then was disappointed, it would be more than I could bear.
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But in case I do go I’m very glad my new coat will be ready by that time.
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Marilla didn’t think I needed a new coat.
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The dress is very pretty, Diana—navy blue and made so fashionably.
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I’m so glad.
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It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.
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At least, it is easier for me.
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I suppose it doesn’t make such a difference to naturally good people.
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But it just slips into my mind in spite of me.
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My cap is so pretty.
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Matthew bought it for me the day we were over at Carmody.
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It is one of those little blue velvet ones that are all the rage, with gold cord and tassels.
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Your new hat is elegant, Diana, and so becoming.
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Do you suppose it’s wrong for us to think so much about our clothes?.
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Marilla says it is very sinful.
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But it is such an interesting subject, isn’t it?”.
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But Anne counted it all joy, and was up before sunrise on Tuesday morning.
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Mr.Barry and Diana were waiting for her, and they were soon on the road.
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It was a long drive, but Anne and Diana enjoyed every minute of it.
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It was almost noon when they reached town and found their way to “Beechwood.”.
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Miss Barry met them at the door with a twinkle in her sharp black eyes.
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“So you’ve come to see me at last, you Anne-girl,” she said.
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“Mercy, child, how you have grown!
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You’re taller than I am, I declare.
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And you’re ever so much better looking than you used to be, too.
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But I dare say you know that without being told.”.
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“Indeed I didn’t,” said Anne radiantly.
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I’m so glad you think there is, Miss Barry.”.
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Miss Barry’s house was furnished with “great magnificence,” as Anne told Marilla afterward.
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“Isn’t it just like a palace?” whispered Diana.
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“I never was in Aunt Josephine’s house before, and I’d no idea it was so grand.
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I just wish Julia Bell could see this—she puts on such airs about her mother’s parlor.”.
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“Velvet carpet,” sighed Anne luxuriously, “and silk curtains!.
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I’ve dreamed of such things, Diana.
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But do you know I don’t believe I feel very comfortable with them after all.
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There are so many things in this room and all so splendid that there is no scope for imagination.
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That is one consolation when you are poor—there are so many more things you can imagine about.”.
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Their sojourn in town was something that Anne and Diana dated from for years.
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From first to last it was crowded with delights.
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On Wednesday Miss Barry took them to the Exhibition grounds and kept them there all day.
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“It was splendid,” Anne related to Marilla later on.
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“I never imagined anything so interesting.
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I don’t really know which department was the most interesting.
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I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best.
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Josie Pye took first prize for knitted lace.
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I was real glad she did.
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Mr. Harmon Andrews took second prize for Gravenstein apples and Mr. Bell took first prize for a pig.
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Do you?
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She said she would always think of it after this when he was praying so solemnly.
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So Avonlea was pretty well represented, wasn’t it?.
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There were thousands of people there, Marilla.
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It made me feel dreadfully insignificant.
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And Miss Barry took us up to the grandstand to see the horse races.
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But there were so many there I don’t believe Mrs.Lynde’s absence would ever be noticed.
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Diana got so excited that she offered to bet me ten cents that the red horse would win.
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It’s always wrong to do anything you can’t tell the minister’s wife.
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It’s as good as an extra conscience to have a minister’s wife for your friend.
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And I was very glad I didn’t bet, because the red horse did win, and I would have lost ten cents.
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So you see that virtue was its own reward.
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We saw a man go up in a balloon.
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You paid him ten cents and a little bird picked out your fortune for you.
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Miss Barry gave Diana and me ten cents each to have our fortunes told.
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Oh, it was a never-to-be-forgotten day, Marilla.
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I was so tired I couldn’t sleep at night.
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Miss Barry put us in the spare room, according to promise.
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That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it.
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To Anne the evening was a glittering vision of delight.
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“Oh, Marilla, it was beyond description.
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I was so excited I couldn’t even talk, so you may know what it was like.
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I just sat in enraptured silence.
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Madame Selitsky was perfectly beautiful, and wore white satin and diamonds.
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But when she began to sing I never thought about anything else.
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Oh, I can’t tell you how I felt.
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But it seemed to me that it could never be hard to be good any more.
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I felt like I do when I look up to the stars.
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Tears came into my eyes, but, oh, they were such happy tears.
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That sounded so prosaic; but to my surprise I found it true.
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Diana said she believed she was born for city life.
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So I thought it over after I went to bed.
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That is the best time to think things out.
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And I came to the conclusion, Marilla, that I wasn’t born for city life and that I was glad of it.
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I told Miss Barry so at breakfast the next morning and she laughed.
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Miss Barry generally laughed at anything I said, even when I said the most solemn things.
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I don’t think I liked it, Marilla, because I wasn’t trying to be funny.
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But she is a most hospitable lady and treated us royally.”.
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Friday brought going-home time, and Mr. Barry drove in for the girls.
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“Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves,” said Miss Barry, as she bade them good-bye.
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“Indeed we have,” said Diana.
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“And you, Anne-girl?”.
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Diana would never have dared to do such a thing and felt rather aghast at Anne’s freedom.
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But Miss Barry was pleased, and she stood on her veranda and watched the buggy out of sight.
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Then she went back into her big house with a sigh.
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It seemed very lonely, lacking those fresh young lives.
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She valued people only as they were of service to her or amused her.
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Anne had amused her, and consequently stood high in the old lady’s good graces.
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If I’d a child like Anne in the house all the time I’d be a better and happier woman.”.
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It was sunset when they passed through White Sands and turned into the shore road.
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Beyond, the Avonlea hills came out darkly against the saffron sky.
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Behind them the moon was rising out of the sea that grew all radiant and transfigured in her light.
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Every little cove along the curving road was a marvel of dancing ripples.
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“Oh, but it’s good to be alive and to be going home,” breathed Anne.
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Anne ran blithely up the hill and into the kitchen, where a hot supper was waiting on the table.
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“So you’ve got back?” said Marilla, folding up her knitting.
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“Yes, and oh, it’s so good to be back,” said Anne joyously.
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“I could kiss everything, even to the clock.
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Marilla, a broiled chicken!
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You don’t mean to say you cooked that for me!” “Yes, I did,” said Marilla.
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“I thought you’d be hungry after such a drive and need something real appetizing.
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Hurry and take off your things, and we’ll have supper as soon as Matthew comes in.
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I’m glad you’ve got back, I must say.
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It’s been fearful lonesome here without you, and I never put in four longer days.”.
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But the best of it all was the coming home.”
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Update: Thank to Gaby and her watching the movie, we now know that:
1. Anne only use the formal form ("vous") at the start, but later (we agreed for Chapter XI) she will say "tu" to Marilla and Matthew, and the formal form with everybody else but her classmates. Marilla and Rachel are friends and they use "tu".
2. She likes overstatements and superlatives.
3. We need to translate "green gables" by "les pignons verts" as it is done in the movie.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables_(1908)Voici la liste des lieux (et leurs traductions) fréquemment utilisés dans cet ouvrage.
The Idlewild = le Havre Sauvage
The White Sands = les Dunes Blanches
The Birch Path = le Sentier/Chemin des Bouleaux
The Haunted Wood = le Bois hanté
Orchard Slope = la Colline au Verger
Lover’s Lane = le Chemin des Amoureux

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.

by gaelle044 2 months, 3 weeks ago

An Epoch in Anne’s Life.

ANNE was bringing the cows home from the back pasture by way of Lover’s Lane.

It was a September evening and all the gaps and clearings in the woods were brimmed up with ruby sunset light.

Here and there the lane was splashed with it, but for the most part it was already quite shadowy beneath the maples, and the spaces under the firs were filled with a clear violet dusk like airy wine.

The winds were out in their tops, and there is no sweeter music on earth than that which the wind makes in the fir trees at evening.

The cows swung placidly down the lane, and Anne followed them dreamily, repeating aloud the battle canto from Marmion—which had also been part of their English course the preceding winter and which Miss Stacy had made them learn off by heart—and exulting in its rushing lines and the clash of spears in its imagery.

When she came to the lines

The stubborn spearsmen still made good
Their dark impenetrable wood,

she stopped in ecstasy to shut her eyes that she might the better fancy herself one of that heroic ring.

When she opened them again it was to behold Diana coming through the gate that led into the Barry field and looking so important that Anne instantly divined there was news to be told.

But betray too eager curiosity she would not.

“Isn’t this evening just like a purple dream, Diana?.

It makes me so glad to be alive.

In the mornings I always think the mornings are best; but when evening comes I think it’s lovelier still.”.

“It’s a very fine evening,” said Diana, “but oh, I have such news, Anne.

Guess. You can have three guesses.”.

“Charlotte Gillis is going to be married in the church after all and Mrs. Allan wants us to decorate it,” cried Anne.

“No. Charlotte’s beau won’t agree to that, because nobody ever has been married in the church yet, and he thinks it would seem too much like a funeral.

.It’s too mean, because it would be such fun. Guess again.”

“Jane’s mother is going to let her have a birthday party?”.

Diana shook her head, her black eyes dancing with merriment.

“I can’t think what it can be,” said Anne in despair, “unless it’s that Moody Spurgeon MacPherson saw you home from prayer meeting last night.

Did he?”

“I should think not,” exclaimed Diana indignantly.

“I wouldn’t be likely to boast of it if he did, the horrid creature!.

I knew you couldn’t guess it.

Mother had a letter from Aunt Josephine today, and Aunt Josephine wants you and me to go to town next Tuesday and stop with her for the Exhibition.

There!” “Oh, Diana,” whispered Anne, finding it necessary to lean up against a maple tree for support, “do you really mean it?.

But I’m afraid Marilla won’t let me go.

She will say that she can’t encourage gadding about.

That was what she said last week when Jane invited me to go with them in their double-seated buggy to the American concert at the White Sands Hotel.

I wanted to go, but Marilla said I’d be better at home learning my lessons and so would Jane.

I was bitterly disappointed, Diana.

I felt so heartbroken that I wouldn’t say my prayers when I went to bed.

But I repented of that and got up in the middle of the night and said them.”.

“I’ll tell you,” said Diana, “we’ll get Mother to ask Marilla.

She’ll be more likely to let you go then; and if she does we’ll have the time of our lives, Anne.

I’ve never been to an Exhibition, and it’s so aggravating to hear the other girls talking about their trips.

Jane and Ruby have been twice, and they’re going this year again.”

“I’m not going to think about it at all until I know whether I can go or not,” said Anne resolutely.

“If I did and then was disappointed, it would be more than I could bear.

But in case I do go I’m very glad my new coat will be ready by that time.

Marilla didn’t think I needed a new coat.

She said my old one would do very well for another winter and that I ought to be satisfied with having a new dress.

The dress is very pretty, Diana—navy blue and made so fashionably.

Marilla always makes my dresses fashionably now, because she says she doesn’t intend to have Matthew going to Mrs. Lynde to make them.

I’m so glad.

It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.

At least, it is easier for me.

I suppose it doesn’t make such a difference to naturally good people.

But Matthew said I must have a new coat, so Marilla bought a lovely piece of blue broadcloth, and it’s being made by a real dressmaker over at Carmody.

It’s to be done Saturday night, and I’m trying not to imagine myself walking up the church aisle on Sunday in my new suit and cap, because I’m afraid it isn’t right to imagine such things.

But it just slips into my mind in spite of me.

My cap is so pretty.

Matthew bought it for me the day we were over at Carmody.

It is one of those little blue velvet ones that are all the rage, with gold cord and tassels.

Your new hat is elegant, Diana, and so becoming.

When I saw you come into church last Sunday my heart swelled with pride to think you were my dearest friend.

Do you suppose it’s wrong for us to think so much about our clothes?.

Marilla says it is very sinful. But it is such an interesting subject, isn’t it?”.

Marilla agreed to let Anne go to town, and it was arranged that Mr.Barry should take the girls in on the following Tuesday.
As Charlottetown was thirty miles away and Mr.Barry wished to go and return the same day, it was necessary to make a very early start.

But Anne counted it all joy, and was up before sunrise on Tuesday morning.

A glance from her window assured her that the day would be fine, for the eastern sky behind the firs of the Haunted Wood was all silvery and cloudless.

Through the gap in the trees a light was shining in the western gable of Orchard Slope, a token that Diana was also up.

Anne was dressed by the time Matthew had the fire on and had the breakfast ready when Marilla came down, but for her own part was much too excited to eat.

After breakfast the jaunty new cap and jacket were donned, and Anne hastened over the brook and up through the firs to Orchard Slope.

Mr.Barry and Diana were waiting for her, and they were soon on the road.

It was a long drive, but Anne and Diana enjoyed every minute of it.

It was delightful to rattle along over the moist roads in the early red sunlight that was creeping across the shorn harvest fields.

The air was fresh and crisp, and little smoke-blue mists curled through the valleys and floated off from the hills.

Sometimes the road went through woods where maples were beginning to hang out scarlet banners; sometimes it crossed rivers on bridges that made Anne’s flesh cringe with the old, half-delightful fear; sometimes it wound along a harbor shore and passed by a little cluster of weather-gray fishing huts; again it mounted to hills whence a far sweep of curving upland or misty-blue sky could be seen; but wherever it went there was much of interest to discuss.

It was almost noon when they reached town and found their way to “Beechwood.”.

It was quite a fine old mansion, set back from the street in a seclusion of green elms and branching beeches.

Miss Barry met them at the door with a twinkle in her sharp black eyes.

“So you’ve come to see me at last, you Anne-girl,” she said.

“Mercy, child, how you have grown! You’re taller than I am, I declare.

And you’re ever so much better looking than you used to be, too.

But I dare say you know that without being told.”.

“Indeed I didn’t,” said Anne radiantly.

“I know I’m not so freckled as I used to be, so I’ve much to be thankful for, but I really hadn’t dared to hope there was any other improvement.

I’m so glad you think there is, Miss Barry.”.

Miss Barry’s house was furnished with “great magnificence,” as Anne told Marilla afterward.
The two little country girls were rather abashed by the splendor of the parlor where Miss Barry left them when she went to see about dinner.

“Isn’t it just like a palace?” whispered Diana.

“I never was in Aunt Josephine’s house before, and I’d no idea it was so grand.

I just wish Julia Bell could see this—she puts on such airs about her mother’s parlor.”.

“Velvet carpet,” sighed Anne luxuriously, “and silk curtains!.

I’ve dreamed of such things, Diana.

But do you know I don’t believe I feel very comfortable with them after all.

There are so many things in this room and all so splendid that there is no scope for imagination.

That is one consolation when you are poor—there are so many more things you can imagine about.”.

Their sojourn in town was something that Anne and Diana dated from for years.

From first to last it was crowded with delights.

On Wednesday Miss Barry took them to the Exhibition grounds and kept them there all day.

“It was splendid,” Anne related to Marilla later on.

“I never imagined anything so interesting.

I don’t really know which department was the most interesting.

I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best.

Josie Pye took first prize for knitted lace.

I was real glad she did. And I was glad that I felt glad, for it shows I’m improving, don’t you think, Marilla, when I can rejoice in Josie’s success?.

Mr. Harmon Andrews took second prize for Gravenstein apples and Mr. Bell took first prize for a pig.

Diana said she thought it was ridiculous for a Sunday-school superintendent to take a prize in pigs, but I don’t see why.

Do you? She said she would always think of it after this when he was praying so solemnly.

Clara Louise MacPherson took a prize for painting, and Mrs. Lynde got first prize for homemade butter and cheese.

So Avonlea was pretty well represented, wasn’t it?.

Mrs.Lynde was there that day, and I never knew how much I really liked her until I saw her familiar face among all those strangers.

There were thousands of people there, Marilla.

It made me feel dreadfully insignificant.

And Miss Barry took us up to the grandstand to see the horse races.

Mrs.Lynde wouldn’t go; she said horse racing was an abomination and, she being a church member, thought it her bounden duty to set a good example by staying away.

But there were so many there I don’t believe Mrs.Lynde’s absence would ever be noticed.

I don’t think, though, that I ought to go very often to horse races, because they are awfully fascinating.

Diana got so excited that she offered to bet me ten cents that the red horse would win.

I didn’t believe he would, but I refused to bet, because I wanted to tell Mrs.Allan all about everything, and I felt sure it wouldn’t do to tell her that.

It’s always wrong to do anything you can’t tell the minister’s wife.

It’s as good as an extra conscience to have a minister’s wife for your friend.

And I was very glad I didn’t bet, because the red horse did win, and I would have lost ten cents.

So you see that virtue was its own reward.

We saw a man go up in a balloon.

I’d love to go up in a balloon, Marilla; it would be simply thrilling; and we saw a man selling fortunes.

You paid him ten cents and a little bird picked out your fortune for you.

Miss Barry gave Diana and me ten cents each to have our fortunes told.

Mine was that I would marry a dark-complected man who was very wealthy, and I would go across water to live.

I looked carefully at all the dark men I saw after that, but I didn’t care much for any of them, and anyhow I suppose it’s too early to be looking out for him yet.

Oh, it was a never-to-be-forgotten day, Marilla.

I was so tired I couldn’t sleep at night.

Miss Barry put us in the spare room, according to promise.

It was an elegant room, Marilla, but somehow sleeping in a spare room isn’t what I used to think it was.

That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it.

The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.”.

Thursday the girls had a drive in the park, and in the evening Miss Barry took them to a concert in the Academy of Music, where a noted prima donna was to sing.

To Anne the evening was a glittering vision of delight.

“Oh, Marilla, it was beyond description.

I was so excited I couldn’t even talk, so you may know what it was like.

I just sat in enraptured silence.

Madame Selitsky was perfectly beautiful, and wore white satin and diamonds.

But when she began to sing I never thought about anything else.

Oh, I can’t tell you how I felt.

But it seemed to me that it could never be hard to be good any more.

I felt like I do when I look up to the stars.

Tears came into my eyes, but, oh, they were such happy tears.

I was so sorry when it was all over, and I told Miss Barry I didn’t see how I was ever to return to common life again.

She said she thought if we went over to the restaurant across the street and had an ice cream it might help me.

That sounded so prosaic; but to my surprise I found it true.

The ice cream was delicious, Marilla, and it was so lovely and dissipated to be sitting there eating it at eleven o’clock at night.

Diana said she believed she was born for city life.

Miss Barry asked me what my opinion was, but I said I would have to think it over very seriously before I could tell her what I really thought.

So I thought it over after I went to bed.

That is the best time to think things out.

And I came to the conclusion, Marilla, that I wasn’t born for city life and that I was glad of it.

It’s nice to be eating ice cream at brilliant restaurants at eleven o’clock at night once in a while; but as a regular thing I’d rather be in the east gable at eleven, sound asleep, but kind of knowing even in my sleep that the stars were shining outside and that the wind was blowing in the firs across the brook.

I told Miss Barry so at breakfast the next morning and she laughed.

Miss Barry generally laughed at anything I said, even when I said the most solemn things.

I don’t think I liked it, Marilla, because I wasn’t trying to be funny.

But she is a most hospitable lady and treated us royally.”.

Friday brought going-home time, and Mr. Barry drove in for the girls.

“Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves,” said Miss Barry, as she bade them good-bye.

“Indeed we have,” said Diana.

“And you, Anne-girl?”.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of the time,” said Anne, throwing her arms impulsively about the old woman’s neck and kissing her wrinkled cheek.

Diana would never have dared to do such a thing and felt rather aghast at Anne’s freedom.

But Miss Barry was pleased, and she stood on her veranda and watched the buggy out of sight.

Then she went back into her big house with a sigh.

It seemed very lonely, lacking those fresh young lives.

Miss Barry was a rather selfish old lady, if the truth must be told, and had never cared much for anybody but herself.

She valued people only as they were of service to her or amused her.

Anne had amused her, and consequently stood high in the old lady’s good graces.

But Miss Barry found herself thinking less about Anne’s quaint speeches than of her fresh enthusiasms, her transparent emotions, her little winning ways, and the sweetness of her eyes and lips.

“I thought Marilla Cuthbert was an old fool when I heard she’d adopted a girl out of an orphan asylum,” she said to herself, “but I guess she didn’t make much of a mistake after all.

If I’d a child like Anne in the house all the time I’d be a better and happier woman.”.

Anne and Diana found the drive home as pleasant as the drive in—pleasanter, indeed, since there was the delightful consciousness of home waiting at the end of it.

It was sunset when they passed through White Sands and turned into the shore road.

Beyond, the Avonlea hills came out darkly against the saffron sky.

Behind them the moon was rising out of the sea that grew all radiant and transfigured in her light.

Every little cove along the curving road was a marvel of dancing ripples.

The waves broke with a soft swish on the rocks below them, and the tang of the sea was in the strong, fresh air.

“Oh, but it’s good to be alive and to be going home,” breathed Anne.

When she crossed the log bridge over the brook the kitchen light of Green Gables winked her a friendly welcome back, and through the open door shone the hearth fire, sending out its warm red glow athwart the chilly autumn night.

Anne ran blithely up the hill and into the kitchen, where a hot supper was waiting on the table.

“So you’ve got back?” said Marilla, folding up her knitting.

“Yes, and oh, it’s so good to be back,” said Anne joyously.

“I could kiss everything, even to the clock.

Marilla, a broiled chicken! You don’t mean to say you cooked that for me!”

“Yes, I did,” said Marilla. “I thought you’d be hungry after such a drive and need something real appetizing.

Hurry and take off your things, and we’ll have supper as soon as Matthew comes in.

I’m glad you’ve got back, I must say.

It’s been fearful lonesome here without you, and I never put in four longer days.”.

After supper Anne sat before the fire between Matthew and Marilla, and gave them a full account of her visit.

“I’ve had a splendid time,” she concluded happily, “and I feel that it marks an epoch in my life.

But the best of it all was the coming home.”