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Chapter 1


Mrs. Rachel rapped smartly at the kitchen door and stepped in when bidden to do so. The kitchen at Green Gables was a cheerful apartment – or would have been (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)cheerful(end superscript) if it had not been so painfully clean as to give it something of the appearance of an unused parlor. Its windows looked east and west; through the west one, looking out on the back yard came a flood of (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)mellow(end superscript) June sunlight; but the east one, whence you got a glimpse of the bloom-white cherry trees in the left orchard and nodding, slender birches down the hollow by the brook was greened over by (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)a tangle of(end superscript) vines. Here sat Marilla Cuthbert, when she sat at all, always slightly distrustful of sunshine, which seemed to her too dancing + irresponsible



black and white photo with a wood stove and a wooden hutch

"the kitchen at Green Gables": This (fictional) kitchen faces east and west, as did the Macneill kitchen. Montgomery's photograph of the kitchen, where she began writing the manuscript.
Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph. L.M. Montgomery Collection