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Chapter 4


“I never in all my life saw or heard anything to equal her,” muttered Marilla, “She is beating a retreat down cellar after potatoes. “She is kind of interesting, (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)as Matthew says.(end superscript) I can feel already that I’m wondering what on earth she’ll say next. She’ll be casting a spell over me, too. She’s cast it over Matthew. That look he gave me when he went out said everything he said or hinted last night over again. I wish he was like other men and would talk things out. (begin superscript)Anne had(end superscript) A body could answer back then and argue him into reason. But, Anne had re what’s to be done with a man who just looks?”

Anne had relapsed into reverie, with her chin in her hands, when and her eyes on the sky, when Marilla returned from her cellar


"cellar": Below-ground storage room commonly used for storing fruit, vegetables, and preserved meats.


photo of sun-dappled sandstone steps leading to the open foundation of a home that no longer stands

"cellar": The kitchen building now sits besides the bookstore at the Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish Home, the Macneill property where Montgomery grew up and wrote, but the original foundation and cellar steps are still intact at the site.
Anne Victoria Photography