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Chapter 2


Chapter II

Matthew Cuthbert is Surprised.

Matthew Cuthbert and the sorrel mare jogged comfortably over the eight miles to Bright River. It was a pretty road, running along between snug farmsteads, with now and again a bit of balsamy fir wood to drive through. (begin superscript)Y.(end superscript) The air was sweet with the breath of many ­(begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)apple(end superscript) orchards and the meadows sloped away in the distance to mists of horizon mists of pearl and pur rose purple; while

“The little birds sang as if it were
The one day in summer of all the year.”

Matthew dreaded all enjoyed the drive after his own fashion except during the moments when he met women and had to nod to them—for in Prince Edward Island you are supposed to nod to all and sundry





LMM Notes

LMM Note Y:
or a hollow where wild plums hung out their (begin strikethrough)feathery(end strikethrough) filmy bloom.

[Chapter 2 includes Notes Y - B2; Notes pages 4-10.]


"Chapter II": Montgomery used Roman numerals for the first 13 chapters, then mis-numbered what should have been Chapter 14 as "Chapter 2," and then continued, for the rest of the manuscript, to use Arabic numerals. She mis-numbered Chapter 33 as Chapter 32, but she numbered the very next chapter correctly as 34. "Chapter 35" could be read as an incorrect "25" but Montgomery's numeral "3s" are often difficult to read. There is evidence throughout the manuscript that Montgomery was shuffling pages, or even whole chapters, around.


"The little birds sang as if it were …": From James Russell Lowell's "The Vision of Sir Launfal" (I.ii.111–112). The published edition of the novel quotes the second line more accurately: "The one day of summer in all the year" (emphasis added).