to have possessed Anne’s power of putting her feelings into words; but nature and habit had willed it other wise and she could only put her
arms arms close about her girl and hold her tenderly to her heart, wishing that she need never let her go.
got up with a sudden suspicious moisture in his eyes, got up and went out of doors. Under the stars of the blue summer night he walked agitatedly across the yard to the gate under the poplars.
“Well, now, I guess she ain’t been much spoiled,” he muttered proudly.
“I guess my putting in my oar occasional never did much harm after all. She’s smart and pretty, and loving, too, which is
"Anne's power of putting her feelings into words": This sentiment finds a double expression in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical(begin superscript)TM(end superscript). Matthew uses them in regretting that he does not have the words so he can comfort Marilla; Marilla uses them, later, to say how much she loved Matthew and Anne.
"putting in my oar": From Marilla's dictate to Matthew at the start of Anne's tenure at Green Gables.