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A skinny, red-haired, and freckled orphan girl is mistakenly sent to live with a shy, elderly bachelor and his spinster sister on the north shore of Canada’s Prince Edward Island; The elderly siblings had asked to adopt a young boy who could work on the family farm, but the imaginative and rambunctious Anne Shirley arrives instead, and becomes the center of a series of entertaining adventures.

Free English Story eBook: Anne of Green Gables

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Book Excerpt / CHAPTER 1 Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised

MRS. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was
reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

There are plenty of people in Avonlea and out of it, who can attend closely to their neighbor’s business by dint of neglecting their own; but Mrs. Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain. She was a notable housewife; her work was always done and well done; she “ran” the Sewing Circle, helped run the Sundayschool, and was the strongest prop of the Church Aid Society and Foreign Missions Auxiliary. Yet with all this Mrs. Rachel found abundant time to sit for hours at her kitchen window, knitting “cotton warp” quilts—she had knitted sixteen of them, as Avonlea housekeepers were wont to tell in awed voices—and keeping a sharp eye on the main road that crossed the hollow and wound up the steep red hill beyond. Since Avonlea occupied a little triangular peninsula jutting out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence with water on two sides of it, anybody who went out of it or into it had to pass over that hill road and so run the unseen gauntlet of Mrs. Rachel’s all-seeing eye.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery Free Story Book

PUBLISHED: 1908 / 254 Pages

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Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised00:18:37
Matthew Cuthbert Is Surprised00:26:55
Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised00:12:56
Morning at Green Gables00:13:51
Anne’s History00:11:55
Marilla Makes Up Her Mind00:11:36
Anne Says Her Prayers00:07:04
Anne’s Bringing-up Is Begun00:17:29
Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrified00:14:20
Anne’s Apology00:16:43
Anne’s Impressions of Sunday-School00:10:51
A Solemn Vow and Promise00:14:19
The Delights of Anticipation00:11:25
Anne’s Confession00:19:25
A Tempest in the School Teapot00:33:55
Diana Is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results00:24:34
A New Interest in Life00:14:07
Anne to the Rescue00:21:09
A Concert a Catastrophe and a Confession00:25:27
A Good Imagination Gone Wrong00:14:46
A New Departure in Flavorings00:24:38
Anne is Invited Out to Tea00:11:05
Anne Comes to Grief in an Affair of Honor00:15:55
Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert00:10:33
Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves00:23:13
The Story Club Is Formed00:17:24
Vanity and Vexation of Spirit00:18:27
An Unfortunate Lily Maid00:19:06
An Epoch in Anne’s Life00:23:32
The Queens Class Is Organized00:28:29
Where the Brook and River Meet00:17:26
The Pass List Is Out00:18:26
The Hotel Concert00:23:42
A Queen’s Girl00:16:22
The Winter at Queen’s00:10:48
The Glory and the Dream00:13:01
The Reaper Whose Name Is Death00:15:46
The Bend in the Road00:17:42

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