here—if you’d never come. Oh, Anne, I know I’ve been kind of strict and harsh with you maybe—but you mustn’t think I didn’t love you as well as Matthew did, for all that. I want to tell you now when I can. It’s never been easy for me to say things out of my heart, but at times like this it’s easier. I love you as dear as if you were my own flesh and blood and you’ve been my joy and comfort ever since you came to Green Gables.”
Two days afterwards they carried Matthew Cuthbert over his homestead threshold and away from the fields he had tilled (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and the orchards he had loved(end superscript) and the trees he had planted; and then Avonlea settled back to its usual
calm placidity and even at
"they carried Matthew Cuthbert over his homestead threshold and away": Montgomery's photograph of the old Presbyterian Church in the graveyard, Cavendish.
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph, L.M. Montgomery Collection