en-fr  Anne of Green Gables /Chapter XVIII
CHAPITRE XVIII

ANNE À LA RESCOUSSE.

Toutes les grandes choses sont liées aux toutes petites choses. À première vue, il ne semble pas que la décision d'un certain premier ministre canadien d'inclure l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard dans une tournée politique puisse avoir un rapport quelconque avec le sort de la petite Anne Shirley des Pignons Verts. Et pourtant.
En janvier, le premier ministre vint s'adresser à ses loyaux partisans ainsi qu'à ses opposants qui avaient choisi d'assister au gigantesque meeting de Charlottetown. La plupart des gens d'Avonlea approuvaient la politique du premier ministre ; aussi, la nuit de la réunion, presque tous les hommes et une bonne partie des femmes s'étaient-ils rendus en ville, à trente milles de là. Mme Rachel Lynde également. Mme Rachel Lynde était une vive partisane de la politique et ne pouvait pas concevoir que le rassemblement pût se dérouler sans elle, même si elle était à l'opposé de celle du gouvernement. Alors elle se rendit en ville avec son mari — Thomas serait bien utile pour s'occuper du cheval — et Marilla Cuthbert. Marilla, elle, ne s'intéressait que vaguement à la politique, mais comme elle pensait que c'était peut-être sa seule chance de voir un premier ministre en chair et en os, elle avait accepté rapidement d'y aller, laissant Anne et Matthew garder la maison jusqu'à son retour le lendemain.
Ainsi, pendant que Marilla et Mme Rachel s'amusaient énormément à la réunion, Anne et Matthew éprouvaient les joies d'avoir la cuisine des Pignons Verts pour eux seuls. Un feu joyeux rougeoyait dans le vieux poêle Waterloo et des cristaux de givre d'un blanc bleuté scintillaient sur les vitres. Sur le sofa, Matthew s'endormait à moitié sur son journal le Farmers'Advocate et Anne, installée à la table, étudiait ses leçons avec une détermination indéfectible malgré plusieurs coups d’œil rêveurs vers l'étagère de la pendule sur laquelle se trouvait le nouveau livre que Jane Andrews lui avait prêté aujourd'hui. Jane lui avait assuré qu'il provoquerait certainement un certain nombre de sensations fortes ou quelque chose de proche, et les doigts d'Anne la démangeaient de s'en emparer. Mais cela signifierait le triomphe de Gilbert Blythe demain. Anne tourna le dos à l'étagère de la pendule et essaya d'imaginer qu'elle n'existait pas.
— Matthew, as-tu jamais étudié la géométrie pendant tes études ?
— Eh bien, non, répondit Matthew sortant de sa somnolence dans un sursaut.
— C'est bien dommage, soupira Anne, parce que tu serais capable alors de compatir avec moi. Tu ne peux pas compatir comme il se doit si tu ne l'as jamais étudiée. Ça assombrit toute ma vie. Je suis une cancre, Matthew.
— Eh bien, j'n'en sais rien, dit paisiblement Matthew. — Il me semble que tu fais tout bien. M. Philllips m'a dit la semaine dernière à la boutique Blair à Carmody que tu étais la meilleure élève de l'école et que tu faisais des progrès rapides. " Progrès rapides " c'est ce qu'il a dit. Il y a ceux qui critiquent Teddy Phillips et disent qu'il n'est pas bon instituteur. mais je pense qu'il est convenable.
Matthew aurait trouvé convenables tous ceux qui félicitaient Anne.
— Je suis sûre que je ferais mieux en géométrie si seulement il ne changeait pas les lettres, se plaignit Anne. J'apprends le problème par cœur, et puis il le dessine au tableau et met des lettres différentes de celles qui se trouvent dans le livre et je suis tout embrouillée. Je ne pense pas qu'un professeur devrait avoir de telles façons de faire, tu ne crois pas ? En ce moment nous étudions l'agriculture et j'ai découvert pourquoi les routes sont rouges. C'est un grand soulagement. Je me demande si Marilla et Mme Lynde prennent du bon temps. Mme Lynde dit que le Canada part à vau-l'eau de la manière où sont menées les choses à Ottawa, et que c'est un terrible avertissement pour les électeurs. Elle dit que si les femmes étaient autorisées à voter, nous verrions bientôt un changement significatif. Pour qui votes-tu, Matthew ?
— Le parti conservateur, s'empressa de repondre Matthew. Voter conservateur était une religion pour Matthew.
Alors moi aussi je suis pour le parti conservateur, décréta Anne. J'en suis ravie, parce que Gil ... parce que certains garçons de l'école sont libéraux. Je suppose que M. Phillips est libéral, lui aussi, parce que le père de Prissy Andrews l'est, et Ruby Gillis dit que lorsqu'un homme courtise, il doit toujours être d'accord avec les convictions religieuses de la mère de la fille et les opinions politiques de son père. Est-ce vrai, Matthew ?
— Et bien, je ne sais pas, dit Matthew.
— As-tu déjà courtisé une femme, Matthew ?
— Eh bien, non, je ne l'ai jamais fait, dit Matthew, qui n'avait certainement jamais eu une telle idée de toute son existence.
Anne méditait, le menton dans les mains.
— Ce doit être assez exaltant, tu ne penses pas, Matthew ? Ruby Gillis dit que quand elle sera grande elle aura toujours autant de soupirants à sa traîne et qu'ils seront tous fous d'elle, mais je pense que ce serait de la folie. Je préfèrerais n'en avoir qu'un qui m'aime vraiment. Mais Ruby Gillis en sait beaucoup sur ces questions parce qu'elle a tellement de grandes sœurs, et Mme Lynde dit que les filles Gillis sont parties comme des petits pains. Monsieur Phillips va voir Prissy Andrews presque tous les soirs. Il dit que c'est pour l'aider dans ses leçons, mais Miranda Sloane étudie aussi pour entrer à l'université Queen's, et je pense qu'elle aurait beaucoup plus besoin d'aide que Prissy parce qu'elle est bien plus bêtasse, mais il ne va jamais l'aider le soir, jamais. Il y a beaucoup de choses dans ce monde que je ne comprends pas très bien, Matthew.
— Eh bien, je ne sais pas si je les comprends toutes moi-même, reconnut Matthew.
Bon, je crois que je dois finir mes devoirs. Je ne m'autoriserai pas à ouvrir ce nouveau livre que m'a prêté Jane avant d'avoir fini. Mais c'est terriblement tentant, Matthew. Même quand je lui tourne le dos, je le vois quand même. Jane a dit qu'elle avait pleuré à s'en rendre malade en le lisant. J'adore qu'un livre me fasse pleurer. Mais je crois que je vais emporter ce livre dans le salon, l'enfermer dans le placard à confitures puis te donner la clé. Et tu ne dois pas me la rendre, Matthew, avant que j'aie fini mes devoirs, même si je t'en implore à genoux C'est très bien de dire qu'on va résister à la tentation, mais c'est bien plus facile d'y résister si tu ne peux pas avoir la clé. Et maintenant, je peux descendre à la cave et prendre quelques reinettes du Canada, Matthew ? Tu n'aimerais pas manger des reinettes du Canada ?
— Eh bien, je ne sais pas, peut-être, dit Matthew qui ne mangeait jamais de pommes reinettes du Canada, mais qui savait qu'Anne avait un faible pour elles.
Juste au moment où Anne sortait triomphalement de la cave avec son plein plateau de reinettes du Canada, on entendit un bruit de pas légers dehors sur la terrasse de bois gelée, et au même instant, la porte de la cuisine s'ouvrit d'un coup, laissant le passage à une Diana Barry, pâle et essoufflée, la tête hâtivement enveloppée d'un châle. Anne laissa tomber sa bougie et le plateau sous l'effet de la surprise, le plateau, la chandelle, et les pommes s'écrasèrent ensemble en tombant sur l'échelle de la cave, et furent retrouvés au fond, mélangés dans une bouillie gluante, le lendemain, par Marilla, qui les ramassa en remerciant le ciel que la maison n'ait pas pris feu.
— Qu'y a-t-il Diana ? S'écria Anne. Est-ce que ta mère a fini par céder?
— Oh, Anne, viens vite, implora nerveusement Diana. Minnie May est terriblement malade — elle a le croup, a dit la jeune Mary Joe — le père et la mère sont partis à la ville, et il n'y a personne pour aller chercher le docteur. Minnie May est affreusement mal et la jeune Mary Joe ne sait pas quoi faire... et oh, Anne, j'ai si peur !
Sans un mot, Matthew, enfila une casquette et une veste, se glissa derrière Diana et il sortit dans l'obscurité de la cour.
Il est parti atteler la jument pour aller à Carmody chercher le docteur, dit Anne qui se pressait pour prendre son capuchon et sa veste. Je le sais aussi bien que s'il me l'avait dit. Matthew et moi sommes si proches d'esprit que je peux connaitre ses pensées sans qu'il ait besoin de parler.
— Je ne crois pas qu'il trouve le docteur à Carmody, sanglota Diana. Je sais que le docteur Blair est allé en ville, et je crois que le docteur Spencer y est allé aussi, la jeune Mary Joe n'a jamais vu quelqu'un qui avait le croup, et Mme Lynde n'est pas là. Oh, Anne !
— Ne pleure pas, Di, dit tendrement Anne. Je sais exactement ce qu'il faut faire pour le croup. Tu oublies que Mme Hammond a eu trois fois des jumeaux. Quand tu t'occupes de jumeaux trois fois de suite, tu acquiers naturellement une grande expérience. Chacun leur tour, ils ont tous eu le croup. Attends que je prenne ma bouteille d'Ipéca... tu ne dois pas en avoir chez toi. Allons-y maintenant.
Main dans la main, les deux petites filles se dépêchèrent et se précipitèrent dans le chemin des Amoureux, puis à travers le champ gelé car la neige était trop profonde pour emprunter le raccourci par le bois. Anne, bien que sincèrement désolée pour Minnie May, était loin d'être insensible au charme de la situation et à la douceur de partager une fois de plus ce moment romantique avec une âme sœur.
La nuit était claire et glaciale, toutes les ombres étaient d'un noir ébène et les pentes enneigées scintillaient d'éclats argentés ; de grandes étoiles brillaient au-dessus des champs silencieux ; çà et là, des sapins pointus se dressaient avec leurs branches saupoudrées de neige et le vent sifflant à travers elles. Anne était vraiment enchantée de parcourir tout ce mystère et cette beauté avec son amie intime de qui elle avait été si longtemps séparée.
Minnie May, âgée de trois ans, était vraiment très malade. Elle était étendue sur le sofa de la cuisine, fiévreuse et agitée, tandis que sa respiration rauque résonnait partout dans la maison. Mary Joe, jeune Française bien en chair, visage large, qui habitait la Crique, et que Mme Barry avait engagée pour rester avec les enfants pendant son absence, était impuissante et abasourdie, incapable de décider quoi faire, ou de mettre en œuvre quoi que ce soit.
Anne se mit au travail avec promptitude et avec habileté.
— Minnie May a bien le croup ; elle ne va pas bien, mais j'ai vu pire. D'abord, il nous faut beaucoup d'eau chaude. Dis-donc, Diana, il n'y a pas plus d'une tasse dans la bouilloire ! Voilà, je l'ai remplie, et, Mary Joe, vous mettez du bois dans le poêle. Je ne veux pas vous faire de la peine, mais il me semble que vous auriez pu y penser avant si vous aviez une once d'imagination. Maintenant, je vais déshabiller Minnie May et la mettre au lit, et toi essaie de trouver des chiffons doux en flanelle, Diana. Avant toute chose, je vais lui donner une dose d'ipéca.
Minnie May ne prit pas l'ipecac de bonne grâce, mais Anne n'avait pas élevé trois paires ou jumeaux pour rien. On lui donna cet ipéca, pas seulement une fois, mais plusieurs fois au cours de cette longue nuit d’anxiété où les deux petites filles s’activèrent avec dévouement auprès de Minnie May toujours souffrante, et la jeune Mary Joe, sincèrement désireuse de faire tout ce qu'elle pouvait, maintint un feu d’enfer pour faire chauffer plus d'eau qu’il n’en aurait été nécessaire pour tout un hôpital de bébés atteints de croup.
Il était trois heures du matin quand Matthew revint avec le docteur, car il avait été obligé d'aller jusqu'à Spencervale pour en trouver un. Mais le besoin urgent d'aide était passé. Minnie May allait beaucoup mieux et dormait à poings fermés.
— J'étais terriblement près de céder au désespoir, expliqua Anne, son état n'a cessé d'empirer jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit encore plus malade que les jumeaux Hammond, plus même que la dernière paire. En fait, j'ai pensé qu'elle allait s'étouffer pour de bon. Je lui ai donné chaque goutte d'ipéca de cette bouteille, et quand ce fut la dernière, je me suis dit — pas à Diana ni à Mary Joe, parce que je ne voulais pas les inquiéter plus encore, mais je devais me le dire ne serait-ce que pour me soulager — « C'est le dernier espoir et j’ai peur qu'il ne soit vain. » Mais au bout de trois minutes environ, elle cracha son phlegme* et commença à aller mieux tout de suite. Imaginez mon soulagement, docteur, parce que je ne peux pas l'exprimer avec des mots. Vous savez, il y a des choses que les mots ne peuvent pas exprimer.
— Oui, je sais cela, approuva le docteur. Il regarda Anne comme s'il pensait à des choses qui ne pouvaient pas être exprimées par des mots. Plus tard, cependant, il sut les dire à M. et Mme Barry.
— Cette petite rouquine qu'ils ont chez les Cuthbert est aussi intelligente que possible. Je dois dire qu'elle a sauvé la vie de ce bébé, c'eût été trop tard pour moi. Elle semble avoir une compétence et une présence d'esprit parfaitement merveilleuses chez une enfant de cet âge. Je n'ai jamais rien vu d'aussi expressif que ses yeux quand elle m'expliquait ce qu'elle avait fait.
Anne rentra chez elle par un merveilleux petit matin d'hiver tout givré, les yeux lourds de sommeil après cette nuit blanche, mais elle continua de parler sans relâche à Matthew alors qu'ils traversaient le grand champ blanc et marchaient sous la voilette scintillante des érables du chemin des Amoureux.
— Oh, Matthew, n'est-ce pas une merveilleuse aurore ? Le monde semble être tel que Dieu l'a imaginé pour sa seule satisfaction, non ? On dirait que je pourrais coucher ces arbres d'un seul souffle... pfff ! Je suis si contente de vivre dans un monde où le givre existe, pas toi ? Et en fin de compte, je suis heureuse que Mme Hammond ait eu trois fois des jumeaux. Si non, je n'aurais pas su quoi faire pour Minnie May. Je suis vraiment désolée d'avoir tellement été en colère contre Mme Hammond parce qu'elle avait des jumeaux. Mais, oh Matthew, je tombe de sommeil. Je ne pourrai pas aller à l'école. Je sais seulement que je ne pourrai garder mes yeux ouverts et que je serai si sotte. Mais je déteste rester à la maison à cause de Gil... d'autres vont prendre la tête de la classe et c'est si difficile de repasser devant.. mais bien sûr, plus c'est difficile et plus tu éprouves de la satisfaction quand tu y parviens, tu ne trouves pas ?
— Eh bien, je pense que tu vas très bien te débrouiller, répondit Matthew, regardant son petit visage blafard et ses cernes noirs sous les yeux. Tu vas immédiatement aller te coucher et faire un bon somme. Je m'occuperai de toutes les corvées.
Anne alla se coucher et dormit si longtemps et si profondément que l'après-midi était bien avancé dans l'hiver rose et blanc lorsqu'elle se réveilla et descendit à la cuisine où Marilla, qui était rentrée chez elle, était assise en train de tricoter en l'attendant..
— Oh, avez-vous vu le premier ministre ? s'exclama aussitôt Anne. À quoi ressemblait-il, Marilla ?
— Eh bien, ce n'est certainement pas à son apparence qu'il doit sa nomination, déclara Marilla. Tu verrais le nez qu'il a ! Mais il sait parler. J'étais fière de me sentir conservatrice. Rachel Lynde, évidemment, en bonne libérale, ne l'apprécie pas. Ton déjeuner est au four, Anne, et tu peux sortir quelques prunes bleues en conserve du garde-manger. Je parie que tu as faim. Matthew m'a raconté ce qui s'est passé la nuit dernière. Je dois dire que c'est une sacrée chance que tu aies su quoi faire. Je n'aurais pas su comment m'y prendre moi-même, car je n'ai jamais vu de cas de croup. Bon, maintenant, cessons de parler tant que tu n'as pas déjeuné. Rien qu'en te regardant, je vois que tu as un tas de choses à raconter, mais ça peut attendre.
Marilla avait quelque chose à annoncer à Anne, mais pas tout de suite, car elle savait que l'excitation d'Anne qui en découlerait la projetterait bien loin des questions matérielles telles que l'appétit ou le déjeuner. Une fois qu'Anne aura fini sa soucoupe de prunes bleues, elle lui dira : — Mme Barry est venue ici cet après-midi, Anne. Elle désirait te voir, mais je n'ai pas voulu te réveiller. Elle a dit que tu avais sauvé la vie de Minnie May, et qu'elle était vraiment désolée de la façon dont elle avait agi dans cette histoire de vin de cassis. Elle a dit qu'elle savait maintenant que tu ne voulais pas enivrer Diana, et qu'elle espérait que tu lui pardonnerais et que tu serais à nouveau amie avec Diana. Tu peux y aller ce soir si tu veux, car Diana ne peut pas mettre un pied dehors à cause d'un mauvais rhume qu'elle a attrapé la nuit dernière. Voyons, Anne Shirley, pour l'amour du ciel, ne t'emballe pas.
L'avertissement ne semblait pas inutile, Anne se leva avec une expression totalement exaltée et éthérée, le visage illuminé par la flamme de ses pensées.
— Oh Marilla, je peux y aller tout de suite... sans faire la vaisselle d'abord ? Je la ferai à mon retour, mais je ne peux pas m'occuper d'une tâche aussi peu romantique que celle de faire la vaisselle à un moment aussi palpitant.
— Oui, oui, cours-y, dit Marilla avec indulgence Anne Shirley... es-tu folle ? Reviens tout de suite et enfile quelque chose. Autant tenter de retenir le vent ! Elle était sortie sans chapeau ni châle. Regardez-la traverser le verger les cheveux au vent. Ce sera un miracle qu'elle n’attrape pas la crève.
Anne revint en dansant sur la neige sous la clarté teintée de mauve du crépuscule hivernal. Au loin, vers le sud-ouest, une étoile semblable à une perle étincelait avec majesté dans un ciel éthéré aux teintes roses et délicatement dorées qui jetait ses lueurs sur les étendues immaculées soulignées par les vallons des sombres épinettes. Les tintements des clochettes des traîneaux parmi les collines enneigées parvenaient aux oreilles comme des carillons d'elfes dans l'air glacé, mais leur musique n'était pas plus douce que la chanson qu'Anne avait en son cœur et sur les lèvres.
— Tu as devant toi la fille la plus heureuse qui soit, Marilla, annonça-t-elle. Je suis absolument heureuse ... oui, malgré ma tignasse rousse. En ce moment, mon âme plane au-dessus de mes angoisses capillaires. Madame Barry m'a embrassée et a pleuré en me disant qu'elle était si désolée et qu'elle ne pourrait jamais me rendre ce qu'elle me doit. Je me sentais terriblement embarrassée, Marilla, mais j'ai dit aussi poliment que possible : « Madame Barry, je ne vous tiens rigueur de rien. Je vous assure une fois pour toutes que je ne voulais pas enivrer Diana et désormais je couvrirai le passé du manteau de l'oubli. » C'était une manière assez digne de parler, n'est-ce pas, Marilla ? Je sentais que je faisais tout pour que Mme Barry éprouve des remords. Et Diana et moi avons passé un merveilleux après-midi. Diana m'a montré un nouveau point de crochet fantaisie que sa tante de Carmody lui a appris. A Avonlea, personne d'autre que nous ne le connait, et nous avons juré de ne jamais le révéler à personne. Diana m'a donné une belle carte décorée d'une guirlande de roses et deux vers d'un poème y sont écrits : « Si tu m'aimes comme je t'aime, Seule la mort nous séparera elle-même. »
Et c'est la vérité, Marilla. Nous allons demander à M. Phillips de nous laisser nous asseoir à nouveau côte à côte à l'école, et Gertie Pye pourra se mettre à côté de Minnie Andrews. Nous avons pris un thé très chic. Madame Barry avait sorti le service en porcelaine, Marilla, comme si j'avais été une vraie invitée. Je ne peux pas te décrire la sensation que j'ai éprouvée. Personne auparavant n'avait sorti son plus beau service en porcelaine pour moi. Et nous avons eu du cake aux fruits, du quatre-quarts, des beignets et deux sortes de fruits au sirop, Marilla. Et madame Barry m'a demandé si je prenais du thé et a dit : « Papa, peux-tu faire passer les biscuits à Anne ? » Ce doit être merveilleux d'être grande, Marilla, quand déjà être traitée comme si tu l'étais est si agréable.
— Ça, je ne sais pas, répondit Marilla avec un petit soupir.
— Eh bien, en tout cas, quand je serai grande, dit fermement Anne, je parlerai toujours aux petites filles comme si elles étaient également des grandes, et je ne rirai jamais quand elles utiliseront des mots grandiloquents. Je sais, de ma propre malheureuse expérience, combien cela blesse notre sensibilité. Après le thé, Diana et moi avons fait de la tire d'érable. La tire n'était pas très bonne, je suppose que c'est parce que ni Diana ni moi n'en avions jamais fait auparavant. Diana m'a laissée la remuer pendant qu'elle beurrait les assiettes et je l'ai oubliée et l'ai laissée brûler, et puis, quand nous l'avons sortie sur la terrasse pour qu'elle refroidisse, le chat a marché dans une assiette et il a fallu la jeter. Mais le faire a été un immense bonheur. Enfin quand je suis rentrée, Mme Barry m'a dit que je pouvais revenir aussi souvent que j'en avais envie et Diana s'est postée à la fenêtre et m'a envoyé des baisers jusqu'à ce que j'atteigne L'allée des Amoureux. Je t'assure, Marilla, que j'ai envie de prier ce soir et que je vais réfléchir à une nouvelle prière toute spéciale pour l'occasion.
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CHAPTER XVIII.
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ANNE TO THE RESCUE.
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ALL thing's great are wound up with all things little.
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But it had.
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Mrs. Rachel Lynde had gone too.
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But that would mean Gilbert Blythe's triumph on the morrow.
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Anne turned her back on the clock shelf and tried to imagine it wasn't there.
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"Matthew, did you ever study geometry when you went to school?
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"Well now, no, I didn't," said Matthew, coming out of his doze with a start.
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"I wish you had," sighed Anne, "because then you'd be able to sympathize with me.
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You can't sympathize properly if you've never studied it.
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It is casting a cloud over my whole life.
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I'm such a dunce at it, Matthew.
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"Well now, I dunno," said Matthew soothingly.
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"I guess you're all right at anything.
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'Rapid progress' was his very words.
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Matthew would have thought any one who praised Anne was all right.
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"I'm sure I'd get on better with geometry if only he wouldn't change the letters," complained Anne.
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I don't think a teacher should take such a mean advantage, do you?
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We're studying agriculture now and I've found out at last what makes the roads red.
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It's a great comfort.
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I wonder how Marilla and Mrs. Lynde are enjoying themselves.
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She says if women were allowed to vote we would soon see a blessed change.
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What way do you vote, Matthew?
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"Conservative," said Matthew promptly.
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To vote Conservative was part of Matthew's religion.
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"Then I'm Conservative too," said Anne decidedly.
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"I'm glad, because Gil— because some of the boys in school are Grits (Liberal Party of Canada).
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Is that true, Matthew?
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"Well now, I dunno," said Matthew.
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"Did you ever go courting, Matthew?
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Anne reflected with her chin in her hands.
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"It must be rather interesting, don't you think, Matthew?
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I'd rather have just one in his right mind.
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Mr. Phillips goes up to see Prissy Andrews nearly every evening.
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There are a great many things in this world that I can't understand very well, Matthew.
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"Well now, I dunno as I comprehend them all myself," acknowledged Matthew.
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"Well, I suppose I must finish up my lessons.
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I won't allow myself to open that new book Jane lent me until I'm through.
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But it's a terrible temptation, Matthew.
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Even when I turn my back on it I can see it there just as plain.
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Jane said she cried herself sick over it.
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I love a book that makes me cry.
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And then shall I run down the cellar and get some russets, Matthew?
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Wouldn't you like some russets?
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"Whatever is the matter, Diana?"
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cried Anne.
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"Has your mother relented at last?
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"Oh, Anne, do come quick," implored Diana nervously.
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Minnie May is awful bad and Young Mary Joe doesn't know what to do—and oh, Anne, I'm so scared!
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"I know it as well as if he'd said so.
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Matthew and I are such kindred spirits I can read his thoughts without words at all.
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"I don't believe he'll find the doctor at Carmody," sobbed Diana.
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Oh, Anne!
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"Don't cry, Di," said Anne cheerily.
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"I know exactly what to do for croup.
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You forget that Mrs. Hammond had twins three times.
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When you look after three pairs of twins you naturally get a lot of experience.
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They all had croup regularly.
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Just wait till I get the ipecac bottle—you mayn't have any at your house.
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Come on now.
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Minnie May, aged three, was really very sick.
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Anne went to work with skill and promptness.
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"Minnie May has croup all right; she's pretty bad, but I've seen them worse.
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First we must have lots of hot water.
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I declare, Diana, there isn't more than a cupful in the kettle!
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There, I've filled it up, and, Mary Joe, you may put some wood in the stove.
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I'm going to give her a dose of ipecac first of all.
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But the pressing need for assistance was past.
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Minnie May was much better and was sleeping soundly.
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I actually thought she was going to choke to death.
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But in about three minutes she coughed up the phlegm and began to get better right away.
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You must just imagine my relief, doctor, because I can't express it in words.
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You know there are some things that cannot be expressed in words.
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"Yes, I know," nodded the doctor.
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He looked at Anne as if he were thinking some things about her that couldn't be expressed in words.
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Later on, however, he expressed them to Mr. and Mrs. Barry.
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"That little red-headed girl they have over at Cuthbert's is as smart as they make 'em.
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I tell you she saved that baby's life, for it would have been too late by the time I got here.
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She seems to have a skill and presence of mind perfectly wonderful in a child of her age.
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I never saw anything like the eyes of her when she was explaining the case out to me.
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"Oh, Matthew, isn't it a wonderful morning?
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The world looks like something God had just imagined for His own pleasure, doesn't it?
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Those trees look as if I could blow them away with a breath—pouf!
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I'm so glad I live in a world where there are white frosts, aren't you?
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And I'm so glad Mrs. Hammond had three pairs of twins after all.
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If she hadn't I mightn't have known what to do for Minnie May.
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I'm real sorry I was ever cross with Mrs. Hammond for having twins.
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But, oh, Matthew, I'm so sleepy.
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I can't go to school.
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I just know I couldn't keep my eyes open and I'd be so stupid.
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"You just go right to bed and have a good sleep.
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I'll do all the chores.
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"Oh, did you see the Premier?"
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exclaimed Anne at once.
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"What did he look like, Marilla?
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"Well, he never got to be Premier on account of his looks," said Marilla.
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"Such a nose as that man had!
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But he can speak.
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I was proud of being a Conservative.
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Rachel Lynde, of course, being a Liberal, had no use for him.
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I guess you're hungry.
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Matthew has been telling me about last night.
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I must say it was fortunate you knew what to do.
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I wouldn't have had any idea myself, for I never saw a case of croup.
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There now, never mind talking till you've had your dinner.
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I can tell by the look of you that you're just full up with speeches, but they'll keep.
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She wanted to see you, but I wouldn't wake you up.
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Now, Anne Shirley, for pity's sake don't fly clean up into the air.
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"Oh, Marilla, can I go right now—without washing my dishes?
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"Yes, yes, run along," said Marilla indulgently.
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"Anne Shirley—are you crazy?
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Come back this instant and put something on you.
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I might as well call to the wind.
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She's gone without a cap or wrap.
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Look at her tearing through the orchard with her hair streaming.
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It'll be a mercy if she doesn't catch her death of cold.
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Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.
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"You see before you a perfectly happy person, Marilla," she announced.
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"I'm perfectly happy—yes, in spite of my red hair.
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Just at present I have a soul above red hair.
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Mrs. Barry kissed me and cried and said she was so sorry and she could never repay me.
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That was a pretty dignified way of speaking, wasn't it, Marilla?
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I felt that I was heaping coals of fire on Mrs. Barry's head.
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And Diana and I had a lovely afternoon.
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Diana showed me a new fancy crochet stitch her aunt over at Carmody taught her.
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And that is true, Marilla.
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We had an elegant tea.
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Mrs. Barry had the very best china set out, Marilla, just as if I was real company.
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I can't tell you what a thrill it gave me.
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Nobody ever used their very best china on my account before.
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And we had fruit-cake and pound-cake and doughnuts and two kinds of preserves, Marilla.
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And Mrs. Barry asked me if I took tea and said, 'Pa, why don't you pass the biscuits to Anne?'
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It must be lovely to be grown up, Marilla, when just being treated as if you were is so nice.
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"I don't know about that," said Marilla with a brief sigh.
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I know from sorrowful experience how that hurts one's feelings.
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After tea Diana and I made taffy.
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The taffy wasn't very good, I suppose because neither Diana nor I had ever made any before.
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But the making of it was splendid fun.
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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 2 weeks ago

Anne of Green Gables (1908)

Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. It has been adapted as film, made-for-television movies, and animated and live-action television series. — Excerpted from Anne of Green Gables (1908) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables_(1908)
by gaelle044 2 weeks ago

by francevw 7 months, 2 weeks ago

CHAPTER XVIII.

ANNE TO THE RESCUE.

ALL thing's great are wound up with all things little. At first glance it might not seem that the decision of a certain Canadian Premier to include Prince Edward Island in a political tour could have much or anything to do with the fortunes of little Anne Shirley at Green Gables. But it had.
It was in January the Premier came, to address his loyal supporters and such of his non-supporters as chose to be present at the monster mass meeting held in Charlottetown. Most of the Avonlea people were on the Premier's side of politics; hence, on the night of the meeting nearly all the men and a goodly proportion of the women had gone to town, thirty miles away. Mrs. Rachel Lynde had gone too. Mrs. Rachel Lynde was a red-hot politician and couldn't have believed that the political rally could be carried through without her, although she was on the opposite side of politics. So she went to town and took her husband—Thomas would be useful in looking after the horse—and Marilla Cuthbert with her. Marilla had a sneaking interest in politics herself, and as she thought it might be her only chance to see a real live Premier, she promptly took it, leaving Anne and Matthew to keep house until her return the following day.
Hence, while Marilla and Mrs. Rachel were enjoying themselves hugely at the mass meeting, Anne and Matthew had the cheerful kitchen at Green Gables all to themselves. A bright fire was glowing in the old-fashioned Waterloo stove and blue-white frost crystals were shining on the window-panes. Matthew nodded over a Farmers' Advocate on the sofa and Anne at the table studied her lessons with grim determination, despite sundry wistful glances at the clock shelf, where lay a new book that Jane Andrews had lent her that day. Jane had assured her that it was warranted to produce any number of thrills, or words to that effect, and Anne's fingers tingled to reach out for it. But that would mean Gilbert Blythe's triumph on the morrow. Anne turned her back on the clock shelf and tried to imagine it wasn't there.
"Matthew, did you ever study geometry when you went to school?
"Well now, no, I didn't," said Matthew, coming out of his doze with a start.
"I wish you had," sighed Anne, "because then you'd be able to sympathize with me. You can't sympathize properly if you've never studied it. It is casting a cloud over my whole life. I'm such a dunce at it, Matthew.
"Well now, I dunno," said Matthew soothingly. "I guess you're all right at anything. Mr. Phillips told me last week in Blair's store at Carmody that you was the smartest scholar in school and was making rapid progress. 'Rapid progress' was his very words. There's them as runs down Teddy Phillips and says he ain't much of a teacher; but I guess he's all right.
Matthew would have thought any one who praised Anne was all right.
"I'm sure I'd get on better with geometry if only he wouldn't change the letters," complained Anne. "I learn the proposition off by heart, and then he draws it on the blackboard and puts different letters from what are in the book and I get all mixed up. I don't think a teacher should take such a mean advantage, do you? We're studying agriculture now and I've found out at last what makes the roads red. It's a great comfort. I wonder how Marilla and Mrs. Lynde are enjoying themselves. Mrs. Lynde says Canada is going to the dogs the way things are being run at Ottawa, and that it's an awful warning to the electors. She says if women were allowed to vote we would soon see a blessed change. What way do you vote, Matthew?
"Conservative," said Matthew promptly. To vote Conservative was part of Matthew's religion.
"Then I'm Conservative too," said Anne decidedly. "I'm glad, because Gil— because some of the boys in school are Grits (Liberal Party of Canada). I guess Mr. Phillips is a Grit too, because Prissy Andrews' father is one, and Ruby Gillis says that when a man is courting he always has to agree with the girl's mother in religion and her father in politics. Is that true, Matthew?
"Well now, I dunno," said Matthew.
"Did you ever go courting, Matthew?
"Well now, no, I dunno's I ever did," said Matthew, who had certainly never thought of such a thing in his whole existence.
Anne reflected with her chin in her hands.
"It must be rather interesting, don't you think, Matthew? Ruby Gillis says when she grows up she's going to have ever so many beaus on the string and have them all crazy about her; but I think that would be too exciting. I'd rather have just one in his right mind. But Ruby Gillis knows a great deal about such matters because she has so many big sisters, and Mrs. Lynde says the Gillis girls have gone off like hot cakes. Mr. Phillips goes up to see Prissy Andrews nearly every evening. He says it is to help her with her lessons, but Miranda Sloane is studying for Queen's, too, and I should think she needed help a lot more than Prissy because she's ever so much stupider, but he never goes to help her in the evenings at all. There are a great many things in this world that I can't understand very well, Matthew.
"Well now, I dunno as I comprehend them all myself," acknowledged Matthew.
"Well, I suppose I must finish up my lessons. I won't allow myself to open that new book Jane lent me until I'm through. But it's a terrible temptation, Matthew. Even when I turn my back on it I can see it there just as plain. Jane said she cried herself sick over it. I love a book that makes me cry. But I think I'll carry that book into the sitting-room and lock it in the jam closet and give you the key. And you must not give it to me, Matthew, until my lessons are done, not even if I implore you on my bended knees. It's all very well to say resist temptation, but it's ever so much easier to resist it if you can't get the key. And then shall I run down the cellar and get some russets, Matthew? Wouldn't you like some russets?
"Well now, I dunno but what I would," said Matthew, who never ate russets but knew Anne's weakness for them.
Just as Anne emerged triumphantly from the cellar with her plateful of russets came the sound of flying footsteps on the icy board walk outside and the next moment the kitchen door was flung open and in rushed Diana Barry, white-faced and breathless, with a shawl wrapped hastily around her head. Anne promptly let go of her candle and plate in her surprise, and plate, candle, and apples crashed together down the cellar ladder and were found at the bottom embedded in melted grease, the next day, by Marilla, who gathered them up and thanked mercy the house hadn't been set on fire.
"Whatever is the matter, Diana?" cried Anne. "Has your mother relented at last?
"Oh, Anne, do come quick," implored Diana nervously. "Minnie May is awful sick—she's got croup, Young Mary Joe says—and father and mother are away to town and there's nobody to go for the doctor. Minnie May is awful bad and Young Mary Joe doesn't know what to do—and oh, Anne, I'm so scared!
Matthew, without a word, reached out for cap and coat, slipped past Diana and away into the darkness of the yard.
"He's gone to harness the sorrel mare to go to Carmody for the doctor," said Anne, who was hurrying on hood and jacket. "I know it as well as if he'd said so. Matthew and I are such kindred spirits I can read his thoughts without words at all.
"I don't believe he'll find the doctor at Carmody," sobbed Diana. "I know that Doctor Blair went to town and I guess Doctor Spencer would go too, Young Mary Joe never saw anybody with croup and Mrs. Lynde is away. Oh, Anne!
"Don't cry, Di," said Anne cheerily. "I know exactly what to do for croup. You forget that Mrs. Hammond had twins three times. When you look after three pairs of twins you naturally get a lot of experience. They all had croup regularly. Just wait till I get the ipecac bottle—you mayn't have any at your house. Come on now.
The two little girls hastened out hand in hand and hurried through Lovers' Lane and across the crusted field beyond, for the snow was too deep to go by the shorter wood way. Anne, although sincerely sorry for Minnie May, was far from being insensible to the romance of the situation and to the sweetness of once more sharing that romance with a kindred spirit.
The night was clear and frosty, all ebony of shadow and silver of snowy slope; big stars were shining over the silent fields; here and there the dark pointed firs stood up with snow powdering their branches and the wind whistling through them. Anne thought it was truly delightful to go skimming through all this mystery and loveliness with your bosom friend who had been so long estranged.
Minnie May, aged three, was really very sick. She lay on the kitchen sofa, feverish and restless, while her hoarse breathing could be heard all over the house. Young Mary Joe, a buxom, broad-faced French girl from the Creek, whom Mrs. Barry had engaged to stay with the children during her absence, was helpless and bewildered, quite incapable of thinking what to do, or doing it if she thought of it.
Anne went to work with skill and promptness.
"Minnie May has croup all right; she's pretty bad, but I've seen them worse. First we must have lots of hot water. I declare, Diana, there isn't more than a cupful in the kettle! There, I've filled it up, and, Mary Joe, you may put some wood in the stove. I don't want to hurt your feelings, but it seems to me you might have thought of this before if you'd any imagination. Now, I'll undress Minnie May and put her to bed, and you try to find some soft flannel cloths, Diana. I'm going to give her a dose of ipecac first of all.
Minnie May did not take kindly to the ipecac, but Anne had not brought up three pairs of twins for nothing. Down that ipecac went, not only once, but many times during the long, anxious night when the two little girls worked patiently over the suffering Minnie May, and Young Mary Joe, honestly anxious to do all she could, kept on a roaring fire and heated more water than would have been needed for a hospital of croupy babies.
It was three o'clock when Matthew came with the doctor, for he had been obliged to go all the way to Spencervale for one. But the pressing need for assistance was past. Minnie May was much better and was sleeping soundly.
"I was awfully near giving up in despair," explained Anne, "She got worse and worse until she was sicker than ever the Hammond twins were, even the last pair. I actually thought she was going to choke to death. I gave her every drop of ipecac in that bottle, and when the last dose went down I said to myself—not to Diana or Young Mary Joe, because I didn't want to worry them any more than they were worried, but I had to say it to myself just to relieve my feelings—'This is the last lingering hope and I fear 'tis a vain one.' But in about three minutes she coughed up the phlegm and began to get better right away. You must just imagine my relief, doctor, because I can't express it in words. You know there are some things that cannot be expressed in words.
"Yes, I know," nodded the doctor. He looked at Anne as if he were thinking some things about her that couldn't be expressed in words. Later on, however, he expressed them to Mr. and Mrs. Barry.
"That little red-headed girl they have over at Cuthbert's is as smart as they make 'em. I tell you she saved that baby's life, for it would have been too late by the time I got here. She seems to have a skill and presence of mind perfectly wonderful in a child of her age. I never saw anything like the eyes of her when she was explaining the case out to me.
Anne had gone home in the wonderful, white-frosted winter morning, heavy-eyed from loss of sleep, but still talking unweariedly to Matthew as they crossed the long white field and walked under the glittering fairy arch of the Lovers' Lane maples.
"Oh, Matthew, isn't it a wonderful morning? The world looks like something God had just imagined for His own pleasure, doesn't it? Those trees look as if I could blow them away with a breath—pouf! I'm so glad I live in a world where there are white frosts, aren't you? And I'm so glad Mrs. Hammond had three pairs of twins after all. If she hadn't I mightn't have known what to do for Minnie May. I'm real sorry I was ever cross with Mrs. Hammond for having twins. But, oh, Matthew, I'm so sleepy. I can't go to school. I just know I couldn't keep my eyes open and I'd be so stupid. But I hate to stay home for Gil— some of the others will get head of the class, and it's so hard to get up again—although of course the harder it is the more satisfaction you have when you do get up, haven't you?
"Well now, I guess you'll manage all right," said Matthew, looking at Anne's white little face and the dark shadows under her eyes. "You just go right to bed and have a good sleep. I'll do all the chores.
Anne accordingly went to bed and slept so long and soundly that it was well on in the white and rosy winter afternoon when she awoke and descended to the kitchen where Marilla, who had arrived home in the meantime, was sitting knitting.
"Oh, did you see the Premier?" exclaimed Anne at once. "What did he look like, Marilla?
"Well, he never got to be Premier on account of his looks," said Marilla. "Such a nose as that man had! But he can speak. I was proud of being a Conservative. Rachel Lynde, of course, being a Liberal, had no use for him. Your dinner is in the oven, Anne; and you can get yourself some blue plum preserve out of the pantry. I guess you're hungry. Matthew has been telling me about last night. I must say it was fortunate you knew what to do. I wouldn't have had any idea myself, for I never saw a case of croup. There now, never mind talking till you've had your dinner. I can tell by the look of you that you're just full up with speeches, but they'll keep.
Marilla had something to tell Anne, but she did not tell it just then, for she knew if she did Anne's consequent excitement would lift her clear out of the region of such material matters as appetite or dinner. Not until Anne had finished her saucer of blue plums did Marilla say:
"Mrs. Barry was here this afternoon, Anne. She wanted to see you, but I wouldn't wake you up. She says you saved Minnie May's life, and she is very sorry she acted as she did in that affair of the currant wine. She says she knows now you didn't mean to set Diana drunk, and she hopes you'll forgive her and be good friends with Diana again. You're to go over this evening if you like, for Diana can't stir outside the door on account of a bad cold she caught last night. Now, Anne Shirley, for pity's sake don't fly clean up into the air.
The warning seemed not unnecessary, so uplifted and aerial was Anne's expression and attitude as she sprang to her feet, her face irradiated with the flame of her spirit.
"Oh, Marilla, can I go right now—without washing my dishes? I'll wash them when I come back, but I cannot tie myself down to anything so unromantic as dish-washing at this thrilling moment.
"Yes, yes, run along," said Marilla indulgently. "Anne Shirley—are you crazy? Come back this instant and put something on you. I might as well call to the wind. She's gone without a cap or wrap. Look at her tearing through the orchard with her hair streaming. It'll be a mercy if she doesn't catch her death of cold.
Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places. Afar in the south-west was the great shimmering, pearl-like sparkle of an evening star in a sky that was pale golden and ethereal rose over gleaming white spaces and dark glens of spruce. The tinkles of sleigh-bells among the snowy hills came like elfin chimes through the frosty air, but their music was not sweeter than the song in Anne's heart and on her lips.
"You see before you a perfectly happy person, Marilla," she announced. "I'm perfectly happy—yes, in spite of my red hair. Just at present I have a soul above red hair. Mrs. Barry kissed me and cried and said she was so sorry and she could never repay me. I felt fearfully embarrassed, Marilla, but I just said as politely as I could, 'I have no hard feelings for you, Mrs. Barry. I assure you once for all that I did not mean to intoxicate Diana and henceforth I shall cover the past with the mantle of oblivion.' That was a pretty dignified way of speaking, wasn't it, Marilla? I felt that I was heaping coals of fire on Mrs. Barry's head. And Diana and I had a lovely afternoon. Diana showed me a new fancy crochet stitch her aunt over at Carmody taught her. Not a soul in Avonlea knows it but us, and we pledged a solemn vow never to reveal it to any one else. Diana gave me a beautiful card with a wreath of roses on it and a verse of poetry:
"'If you love me as I love you
Nothing but death can part us two.
And that is true, Marilla. We're going to ask Mr. Phillips to let us sit together in school again, and Gertie Pye can go with Minnie Andrews. We had an elegant tea. Mrs. Barry had the very best china set out, Marilla, just as if I was real company. I can't tell you what a thrill it gave me. Nobody ever used their very best china on my account before. And we had fruit-cake and pound-cake and doughnuts and two kinds of preserves, Marilla. And Mrs. Barry asked me if I took tea and said, 'Pa, why don't you pass the biscuits to Anne?' It must be lovely to be grown up, Marilla, when just being treated as if you were is so nice.
"I don't know about that," said Marilla with a brief sigh.
"Well, anyway, when I am grown up," said Anne decidedly, "I'm always going to talk to little girls as if they were, too, and I'll never laugh when they use big words. I know from sorrowful experience how that hurts one's feelings. After tea Diana and I made taffy. The taffy wasn't very good, I suppose because neither Diana nor I had ever made any before. Diana left me to stir it while she buttered the plates and I forgot and let it burn; and then when we set it out on the platform to cool the cat walked over one plate and that had to be thrown away. But the making of it was splendid fun. Then when I came home Mrs. Barry asked me to come over as often as I could and Diana stood at the window and threw kisses to me all the way down to Lovers' Lane. I assure you, Marilla, that I feel like praying to-night and I'm going to think out a special brand-new prayer in honour of the occasion.