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CHAPITRE XII.


UN VŒU SOLENNEL ET UNE PROMESSE.


Marilla n'apprit l'histoire du chapeau orné d'une couronne de fleurs que le vendredi suivant. Elle rentra de chez Mme Lynde et appela Anne pour que celle-ci se justifie.

— Anne, Mme Rachel dit que tu t'es rendue dimanche dernier à l'église avec un chapeau ridiculement couvert de roses et de boutons d'or. Par tous les saints, quelle mouche t'a piquée ? Tu as dû avoir l'air d'une personne à l'apparence joliment bizarre.

— Oh ! Je sais, le rose et le jaune ne me vont pas bien... commença Anne.

— Ne te vont pas bien, sornettes ! C'est de mettre des fleurs sur ton chapeau tout court, peu importe leurs couleurs, qui était ridicule. Tu es l'enfant la plus irritante qu'il existe !

— Je ne vois pas pourquoi il est plus ridicule de porter des fleurs sur son chapeau que sur sa robe, protesta Anne. Beaucoup de petites filles avaient des bouquets épinglés sur leurs robes. Quelle est la différence ?

Marilla n'était pas femme à se laisser embarquer, loin de la confortable réalité, par les chemins hasardeux de l'abstrait.

— Ne me réponds pas de la sorte, Anne. C'était très absurde de ta part de faire une telle chose. Que je ne te reprenne pas à de tels artifices. Mme Rachel a dit qu'elle pensait que le sol s'effondrait sous ses pieds quand elle t'a vue arriver tout attifée comme ça. Elle n'a pas pu s'approcher suffisamment pour te dire de les enlever avant qu'il ne soit trop tard. Elle a dit que les gens en ont parlé comme quelque chose de lamenteble. Bien sûr, ils pourraient penser que je n'ai pas plus de bon sens de te laisser filer comme ça.

— Oh, je suis vraiment désolée, dit Anne, les larmes aux yeux. Je n'aurai jamais pensé que celaa te dérangerait. Les roses et les renoncules étaient si odorantes et si jolies que je pensais qu'elles seraient ravissantes mon chapeau. Beaucoup de petites filles avaient des fleurs artificielles sur leurs chapeaux. J'ai peur de devenir pour vous une épreuve insurmontable. Tu ferais peut-être mieux de me renvoyer à l'orphelinat. Ce serait affreux, je ne pense pas que je pourrais le supporter, je deviendrais sûrement tuberculeuse, et comme tu le vois, je suis si maigre. Mais ce serait mieux que d'être un fardeau pour vous.

— Billevesées, répondit Marilla, contrariée d'avoir fait pleurer la petite. Je n'ai nullement l'intention de te renvoyer à l'orphelinat. Tout ce que je désire c'est que tu te comportes comme les autres petites filles sans te rendre ridicule. Ne pleure plus. J'ai des nouvelles pour toi. Diana Barry est rentrée cet après-midi. Je vais aller emprunter le patron d'une jupe à Mme Barry, et, si tu veux, tu peux venir avec moi et rencontrer Diana.

Anne se dressa sur ses pieds, en applaudissant, les joues encore pleines de larmes ; le torchon à vaisselle qu'elle avait ourlé, abandonné, glissa au sol.

— Oh, Marilla, j'ai peur... maintenant que le moment est arrivé, j'ai vraiment peur. Et si elle ne m'aimait pas ! Ce serait la déception la plus tragique de toute ma vie.

— Voyons, ne te mets pas dans un tel état. Et je voudrais tant que tu n'utilises pas des mots aussi longs. Ils sonnent si curieusement dans la bouche d'une petite fille. J'imagine que Diana t'aimera bien comme ça. C'est de sa mère dont tu dois tenir compte. Si elle ne t'aime pas, je ne vois pas comment Diana le pourrait. Si elle a entendu parler de tes éclats avec Mme Lynde et du fait que tu sois allée à l'église avec des boutons d'or sur ton chapeau, je ne sais pas ce qu'elle va penser de toi. Tu dois être polie, bien te tenir, et ne raconter aucune de tes histoires saugrenues. Dieu du ciel, voilà la petite qui est prise de tremblements !

Anne tremblait. Son visage était pâle et crispé.

— Oh, Marilla, tu serais excitée aussi, si tu étais sur le point de rencontrer ta meilleure amie, et que sa mère puisse ne pas t'aimer, dit-elle en s'empressant de prendre son chapeau.

Elles rejoignirent Orchard Slope par le raccourci le long du ruisseau et par la sapinière de la colline. Mme Barry alla à la porte de la cuisine après que Marilla eut frappé à la porte. C'était une femme grande, aux yeux et aux cheveux noirs, à la bouche très volontaire. Elle avait la réputation d'être très stricte avec ses enfants.

— Comment allez-vous Marilla ? dit-elle cordialement. Entrez. Et je suppose que c'est la petite fille que vous avez adoptée ?

— Oui, voici Anne Shirley, dit Marilla.

— Avec un e, souffla Anne qui, bien que tremblante et excitée, était déterminée à dissiper tout malentendu sur ce point important.

Mme Barry, qui n'avait pas entendu ou compris, lui serra simplement la main et lui dit gentiment : — Comment vas-tu ?

Physiquement je vais bien quoique mon esprit soit considérablement embrouillé, m'dam, merci, répondit Anne avec gravité. Puis se tournant vers Marilla, elle murmura de façon bien distincte : — Il n'y a rien de surprenant à cela, n'est-ce pas, Marilla ?

Diana était assise dans le canapé à lire un livre qu'elle laissa tomber dès qu'elle vit entrer les visiteuses. C'était une très jolie petite fille, avec les yeux et les cheveux noirs de sa mère, les joues roses et cette expression joyeuse héritée de son père.

— Voici ma petite fille, Diana, dit Mme Barry. Diana, tu pourrais emmener Anne dans le jardin et lui montrer tes fleurs. Ça sera mieux pour toi que de t'abimer la vue sur ce livre. Elle lit vraiment trop, dit-elle à Marilla quand les fillettes furent sorties, et je ne puis l'en empêcher car son père l'aide et l'encourage. Elle passe tout son temps dans les livres. Je suis heureuse qu'elle ait l'occasion d'avoir une camarade de jeu — peut-être cela la fera-t-elle sortir un peu plus dehors.

Anne et Diana se tenaient dehors dans le jardin baigné de la douce lumière du coucher de soleil qui s'infiltrait dans l'ombre des vieux sapins à l'ouest, en se regardant timidement l'une l'autre par-dessus un massif de superbes lis tigrés.

Le jardin des Barry formait une tonnelle de fleurs sauvages qui eussent enchanté le cœur d'Anne, en tout autre moment moins lourd de destinée. Il était entouré d'immenses vieux saules, sous lesquels s'épanouissaient des fleurs qui aimaient l'ombre. Coquettes, des sentes à angle droit, soigneusement bordées de coquilles de palourdes, se croisaient comme des rubans rouges gorgés d'humidité et dans les platebandes, ainsi délimitées, des fleurs à l'ancienne proliféraient. Il y avait des cœurs-de-Marie roses, de grandes et splendides pivoines pourpres ; des narcisses blancs odoriférants et des roses d'Écosse pleines d'épines ; des ancolies roses, blanches et bleues, et des saponaires couleur lilas ; des massifs d'armoise, de faux-roseau et de menthe ; des Adam-et-Eve pourpres, des jonquilles et une multitude de trèfle blanc au goût sucré et aux rameaux odorants et duveteux ; une lumière écarlate projetait ses vifs rayons sur les élégantes fleurs de musc, toutes blanches ; c'était un jardin où le soleil s'attardait, où les abeilles bourdonnaient et où les vents vous captivaient en flânant, ronronnant et bruissant.

— Oh, Diana, dit Anne à la fin, joignant les mains et murmurant presque, crois-tu ... oh, crois-tu que tu peux un peu m'aimer, ... assez pour être ma meilleure amie.

Diana rit. Diana riait toujours avant de parler.

— Eh bien, je suppose que oui, dit-elle franchement. — Je suis vraiment heureuse que tu sois venue à la maison aux pignons verts. Ça sera formidable d'avoir quelqu'un pour jouer. Il n'y a pas d'autre fille qui vive assez près pour jouer, et je n'ai pas de sœurs assez grandes.

— Tu jures d'être mon ami pour toujours et à jamais ? demanda Anne avec empressement.

Diana eut l'air interloquée.

— Pourquoi, c'est terriblement vilain de jurer, dit-elle d'un air réprobateur.

— Oh non, pas ma façon de jurer. Il y a deux façons, tu sais.

— Je n'en ai jamais entendu parler, dit Diana dubitative.

— Il y en a vraiment un autre. Oh, ce n'est pas vilain du tout. Cela veut juste dire un serment, une promesse solennelle.

— Eh bien, ça ne me dérange pas de faire ça, acquiesça Diana, soulagée. Comment fait-on ?

— Nous devons joindre nos mains, dit Anne d'un air grave. Nous devrions nous tenir au-dessus d'une petite source. Nous allons simplement imaginer que ce chemin est une petite source. Je vais répéter le serment d'abord. Je jure solennellement d'être fidèle à mon amie intime, Diana Barry, tant que dureront le soleil et la lune. Maintenant, dis-le et mets mon nom.

Diana répéta le « serment » en riant du début à la fin. Puis elle ajouta : — Tu es une fille étrange, Anne. J'ai déjà entendu dire que tu étais étrange. Mais je crois que je vais vraiment bien t'aimer.

Lorsque Marilla et Anne rentrèrent chez elles, Diana les accompagna jusqu'au pont en rondins. Les deux fillettes marchaient bras dessus bras dessous. À hauteur du ruisseau, elles se séparèrent en se promettant à plusieurs reprises de passer l'après-midi suivante ensemble.

— Alors, as-tu trouvé en Diana une âme-sœur ? demanda Marilla alors qu'elles remontaient le jardin des Pignons Verts.

—Oh oui ! soupira Anne, totalement inconsciente du soupçon de sarcasme dans les propos de Marilla. — Oh, Marilla, en cet instant précis, je suis la fille la plus heureuse de Prince Island. Je t'assure que je vais réciter mes prières, ce soir, avec une réelle bonne volonté. Demain, Diana et moi allons construire une cabane dans le bosquet de M. William Bell. Puis-je avoir la vaisselle cassée qui se trouve dans la remise ? L'anniversaire de Diana est en février et le mien en mars. Ne trouves-tu pas que c'est une coïncidence incroyable ? Diana va me prêter un livre. Elle dit qu'il est vraiment superbe et terriblement excitant. Elle va me montrer un endroit derrière dans les bois où poussent des fritillaires. Ne trouves-tu pas que Diana a un regard très expressif. Je voudrais avoir un regard expressif. Diana va m'apprendre un chant qui s'appelle " Nelly dans le vallon aux noisetiers " Elle va me donner une image à épingler dans ma chambre ; c'est vraiment une très belle image, dit-elle — une jolie dame avec une robe de soie bleue. Un vendeur de machines à coudre la lui a donnée. J'aimerais avoir quelque chose à donner à Diana. Je fais un pouce de plus que Diana, mais elle est déjà beaucoup plus grosse ; elle dit qu'elle voudrait être mince parce que c'est plus gracieux, mais j'ai peur qu'elle ne le dise que pour me faire plaisir. Nous allons aller au bord de la mer un des ces jours pour ramasser des coquillages. Nous nous sommes mises d'accord pour donner le nom de « Glouglou des Nymphes » au ruisseau qui court sous le pont de bois. N'est-ce pas un nom parfaitement distingué ? J'ai lu, un jour, une histoire dans laquelle une source portait ce nom. Une nymphe est une sorte de fée adulte, je pense.

— Eh bien, tout ce que j'espère, c'est que tu n'épuiseras pas Diana avec tes discours, dit Marilla. Mais rappelle-toi ceci dans tous tes projets, Anne. Tu ne joueras pas constamment, ou même la majorité du temps. Tu devras faire ton travail et je veux qu'il soit terminé en premier lieu.

La joie d'Anne était complète, et Matthew la fit exulter. Il venait de rentrer d'une course au magasin de Carmody, et, d'un air gêné, il sortit un petit paquet de sa poche et le tendit à Anne avec un regard désapprobateur à Marilla.

— Je t'ai entendu dire que tu aimais les douceurs au chocolat, alors je t'en ai rapporté, dit-il.

— Pff, renifla Marilla. Elles ruineront ses dents et son estomac. Allons, allons, ma petite, n'aie pas l'air si morne. Tu peux les manger, puisque Matthew est allé les chercher. Il aurait mieux fait de te rapporter des bonbons à la menthe. Ils sont meilleurs pour la santé. Mais ne te rends pas malade à les manger tous d'un seul coup.

— Oh non, bien sûr, je ne le ferai pas, dit Anne avec empressement. J'en mangerai juste un ce soir, Marilla. Et je peux en donner la moitié à Diana, n'est-ce pas ? Le goût de l'autre moitié me sera deux fois plus doux si je lui en donne. C'est agréable de penser que j'ai quelque chose à lui donner.

— Je dois avouer ceci en faveur de cette enfant, dit Marilla lorsque Anne fut partie dans sa chambre, elle n'est pas pingre. J'en suis contente, car de tous les défauts, celui que je déteste le plus chez un enfant est la mesquinerie. Mon Dieu, cela fait seulement trois semaines qu'elle est arrivée, et il me semble qu'elle est là depuis toujours. Je ne peux imaginer cet endroit sans elle. Mais, ne prends pas cet air de "je te l'avais bien dit", Matthew. C'est déjà assez vilain pour une femme, mais c'est insupportable chez un homme. Je suis parfaitement d'accord pour reconnaître que je suis contente d'avoir consenti à garder cette enfant et que je m'attache à elle, mais n'en rajoute pas, 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 ("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.

by gaelle044 9 months, 3 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 9 months, 3 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."