Anne of Green Gables, Chapter One, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Mrs. Rachel Is Surprised, from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised, from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

One of my blog’s followers (Patti of Wednesdays child) asked me to record this chapter and share it here. I recall that this title was a popular book, movie and TV show, but I wasn’t familiar with the story and characters at all. Patti said that her Mom gave it to her when she was a girl, and told her that she HAD to read it because Anne was just like her. She recalls that it was “the very first book that made me cry.” Since then, she read children’s stories for her local CBC radio station for about 10 years as a volunteer for a local literacy group. An excerpt from Anne of Green Gables was her first reading for them.

Thank you Patti for introducing me to this book. I had a great time becoming acquainted with Mrs. Rachel and Marilla.

I noticed that Mrs. Rachel symbolically and literally puts herself in the sunshine, while Marilla screens herself from it. Mrs. Rachel looks about to see what her neighbors are up to. She expresses her opinion, and spreads any news; while Marilla is reclusive, perhaps as a screen against feeling overwhelmingly influenced by others. However, both women are described as being excellent housekeepers, attentive to their environments, indoors and out, so they both apparently have ample light to see what’s important to them.

Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 1. Read by Grace Buchanan, for LibriVox.
This chapter was included in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6. It is the first track.

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Illustration by Anonymous
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2 thoughts on “Anne of Green Gables, Chapter One, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  1. Anne of Green Gables has and still is one of my favourite books and I thank you for reading the first chapter so beautifully Grace. I hope you will consider reading the series for yourself. I guarantee you will fall in love with Anne and her feisty spirit. Thank you for bringing back a beautiful memory. Bless you. ~ Wendy

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    1. Thanks Wendy! The entire book and series are definitely on my TBR list. Feisty sounds great! I can’t wait to see how she gets along with Matthew and Marilla, and how they influence each other.


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