Anne of Green Gables
XV. A Tempest in the School Teapot
"What a splendid day!" said Anne, drawing a long breath. "Isn't it good just to be alive
on a day like this? I pity the people who aren't born yet for missing it. They may have
good days, of course, but they can never have this one. And it's splendider still to have
such a lovely way to go to school by, isn't it?"
"It's a lot nicer than going round by the road; that is so dusty and hot," said Diana
practically, peeping into her dinner basket and mentally calculating if the three juicy,
toothsome, raspberry tarts reposing there were divided among ten girls how many bites
each girl would have.
The little girls of Avonlea school always pooled their lunches, and to eat three raspberry
tarts all alone or even to share them only with one's best chum would have forever and
ever branded as "awful mean" the girl who did it. And yet, when the tarts were divided
among ten girls you just got enough to tantalize you.
The way Anne and Diana went to school WAS a pretty one. Anne thought those walks
to and from school with Diana couldn't be improved upon even by imagination. Going
around by the main road would have been so unromantic; but to go by Lover's Lane and
Willowmere and Violet Vale and the Birch Path was romantic, if ever anything was.
Lover's Lane opened out below the orchard at Green Gables and stretched far up into
the woods to the end of the Cuthbert farm. It was the way by which the cows were taken
to the back pasture and the wood hauled home in winter. Anne had named it Lover's
Lane before she had been a month at Green Gables.
"Not that lovers ever really walk there," she explained to Marilla, "but Diana and I are
reading a perfectly magnificent book and there's a Lover's Lane in it. So we want to
have one, too. And it's a very pretty name, don't you think? So romantic! We can't
imagine the lovers into it, you know. I like that lane because you can think out loud there
without people calling you crazy."
Anne, starting out alone in the morning, went down Lover's Lane as far as the brook.
Here Diana met her, and the two little girls went on up the lane under the leafy arch of
maples--"maples are such sociable trees," said Anne; "they're always rustling and
whispering to you"--until they came to a rustic bridge. Then they left the lane and walked
through Mr. Barry's back field and past Willowmere. Beyond Willowmere came Violet
Vale--a little green dimple in the shadow of Mr. Andrew Bell's big woods. "Of course
there are no violets there now," Anne told Marilla, "but Diana says there are millions of
them in spring. Oh, Marilla, can't you just imagine you see them? It actually takes away
my breath. I named it Violet Vale. Diana says she never saw the beat of me for hitting
on fancy names for places. It's nice to be clever at something, isn't it? But Diana named
the Birch Path. She wanted to, so I let her; but I'm sure I could have found something