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The first Story in the Series with Anne Shirley at age 11 to 16

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CHAPTER IX
MRS. RACHEL LYNDE IS PROPERLY HORRIFIED
Anne had been a fortnight at Green Gables before Mrs. Lynde arrived to inspect her. Mrs. Rachel, to do her justice, was not to blame for this. A severe and unseasonable attack of grippe had confined that good lady to her house ever since the occasion of her last visit to Green Gables. Mrs. Rachel was not often sick and had a well-defined contempt for peo­ple who were; but grippe, she asserted, was like no other illness on earth and could only be interpreted as one of the special visitations of Providence. As soon as her doctor allowed her to put her foot out-of-doors she hurried up to Green Gables, bursting with curiosity to see Matthew's and Manila's orphan, con­cerning whom all sorts of stories and suppositions had gone abroad in Avonlea.
Anne had made good use of every waking mo­ment of that fortnight. Already she was acquainted with every tree and shrub about the place. She had discovered that a lane opened out below the apple orchard and ran up through a belt of woodland; and she had explored it to its furthest end in all its deli­cious vagaries of brook and bridge, fir coppice and wild cherry arch, corners thick with fern, and branch­ing byways of maple and mountain ash.
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