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Chapter 4


bed and across the floor. She pushed open the sash and dropped —it went up stiffly (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)and creakily,(end superscript) as if it hadn’t been opened for a long time, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)which was the case. (end superscript); and it stuck so tight that nothing was needed to hold it up.

Anne dropped on her knees and gazed out into the June morning, her eyes glistening with delight. Oh, wasn’t it beautiful! Wasn’t it a lovely place! Suppose she really wasn’t going to stay here! She would imagine she was. There was scope for imagination here.

A huge cherry tree grew outside, so close that its boughs tapped against the house and it was so thick set with blossoms that hardly a leaf was to be seen. On both sides of the house was a big orchard, one of apple trees and one of cherry trees, also showered over with blossoms; and their grass was all sprinkled with dandelions. In the garden below were lilac trees purple with flowers and their dizzily sweet


black and white photo of a small cherry tree in full, snowy bloom

"A huge cherry tree": One of Montgomery's many photos of a tree in full bloom.
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph, L.M. Montgomery Collection


"dizzily sweet": This passage shows Montgomery's own passion for colour and for mixing senses. There are pink and gold and purple and "dizzily sweet" scents. In a letter to George MacMillan on August 23, 1905, written while drafting Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery herself mentions being "dizzy" with colour.