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Chapter 14


“Oh, Marilla, isn’t it too late?”

“No, it’s only two o’clock. They won’t be more than well gathered yet and it’ll be an hour before they have tea. Wash your face and comb your hair and put on your gingham. I’ll get p I’ll fill a basket for you. There’s plenty of stuff baked in the house. And I’ll get Jerry to hitch up the sorrel and drive you down to the picnic ground.”

“Oh, Marilla,” exclaimed Anne, “Five flying to the wash-stand. “Five minutes ago I was so miserable I was wishing I’d never been born and now I wouldn’t change places with an angel!”

That night a thoroughly happy, completely tired-out Anne returned to Green Gables in a state of beatification


"There's plenty of stuff baked in the house.": Marilla, like Montgomery, would pride herself on keeping a stocked pantry. One wouldn't want to be caught off guard if, say, the minster or his wife, stopped for tea. Watch Kelly Crawford discuss the Webb, Campbell, and Macneill families' cooking traditions and Aunt Maud's Recipe Book, in this clip, originally produced for the Bend in the Road CD-ROM.

Description: Kelly Crawford stands in kitchen holding a copy of Aunt Maud's Recipe Book. [Kelly] "I'm Kelly Crawford. I'm Elaine's daughter and Aunt Maud was actually my great grandmother's cousin Myrtle Webb and Maud grew up on neighboring farms on the Island and I think because they were both raised by much older caregivers, they they were reasonably close. We call her 'Aunt Maud' because that was the kind of relationship she actually had with my grandmother. Yes, I'll read ... I'll read a couple of paragraphs from the last chapter, the final chapter of our cookbook. The chapter is called 'Looking Back,' and it sort of refers to ...refers to family connections and and the importance of food in all of our relationships. 'Often our lives greatest loves remain stories untold. Respect and quiet admiration are not sensational. Grace and sensitivity and acceptance may be marks of great character, but despite their inspiration. they're often consciously acknowledged only in retrospect. Maud had a couple of relationships that way both with her grandparents and with Aunt Annie Campbell. They were all great cooks and there was a lot ... a lot to be shared. Maud's Grandparents were no longer living when memory carried her back to their side in the old apple orchard." And the Park Corner recipes that she copied kept Aunt Annie real and touchable, too. Just as Maud's own recipe book captures a fragment of her life for us. We can keep and make again the recipes that gave Maud pleasure, recipes that allowed her to enrich and satisfy other people's lives. Is there any greater legacy?"