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Chapter 4

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fragrance drifted up to the window on the morning wind.

Below the garden a green field (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)lush with clover,(end superscript) sloped down to the hollow where the brook ran and where scores of white birches grew. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)R2(end superscript) Beyond it was a hill, green and feathery with spruce and fir; there was a gap in it where the gray gable end of the little house she had seen from the other side of the Lake of Shining Waters was visible.

Off to the left were the big barns and beyond them, away down over green low-sloping fields was a sparkling blue glimpse of sea.
Anne She knelt there, lost to everything but the loveliness around her, until she was startled by a hand laid on her shoulder. Marilla had come in(begin strikethrough).(end strikethrough) unheard by the small dreamer.

“It’s time you were dressed,” she said, curtly.

Marilla really did not know how


LMM Notes

LMM Note R2
upspringing (begin strikethrough)airily(end strikethrough) airily out of an undergrowth suggestive of delightful possibilities in ferns + mosses + woodsy things generally.

[Montgomery's Notes in this chapter range from R2-C3,on Notes pages 13-15.]

LMM Note S2
Anne's beauty-loving eyes lingered on it all, taking everything greedily in; she had looked on so many unlovely places in her life, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)poor child;(end superscript) but this was as lovely as anything she had ever dreamed.


"sparkling blue glimpse of sea": Though much of Anne of Green Gables concentrates on the land and the woodlands, this novel (and many of her others), according to Claire E. Campbell, reveals Montgomery’s pervasive consciousness of living by the sea. See Campbell's chapter, "'A window looking seaward': Finding Environmental History in the Writing of L.M. Montgomery." In The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, edited by Claire E. Campbell, Edward MacDonald, and Brian Payne, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019, pp. 283–318.