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Chapter 1


That didn’t happen often. Mrs. Rachel (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)ponder as she might(end superscript), could make nothing of it and her afternoon’s enjoyment was spoiled.

“I’ll just step over to Green Gables after tea and find (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)from Marilla(end superscript) out where he’s gone and why (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)the worthy woman(end superscript) she finally concluded. “He doesn’t generally go to town this time of year and he never visits: if he’d run out of turnip seed he wouldn’t dress up and take the buggy to go for more (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Note I(end superscript) (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)Note H.(end superscript) Later I’m clean puzzled, that’s what, and I won’t know a minute’s peace of mind (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)or conscience(end superscript) until I know what has taken Matthew Cuthbert out of Avonlea to-day.”

Accordingly after tea Mrs. Rachel set out; she had not far to go; the big, rambling (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)orchard-embowered (end superscript)house where the Cuthberts lived was a scant quarter of a mile up the road from Lynde’s Hollow


LMM Notes

LMM Note H:
Yet something must have happened since last night to start him off.

LMM Note I:
he wasn't (begin strikethrough)dri(end strikethrough) driving fast enough to be going for a doctor.


black and white image of two rows of trees surrounded by wildflowers

"orchard-embowered": Montgomery's photograph of the front orchard of the Macneill house in Cavendish.
Collections d’archives et collections spéciales, Université de Guelph, Collection L.M. Montgomery