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III.Greeting and Farewell
Charlie Sloane, Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley left Avonlea the following Monday
morning. Anne had hoped for a fine day. Diana was to drive her to the station and they
wanted this, their last drive together for some time, to be a pleasant one. But when
Anne went to bed Sunday night the east wind was moaning around Green Gables with
an ominous prophecy which was fulfilled in the morning. Anne awoke to find raindrops
pattering against her window and shadowing the pond's gray surface with widening
rings; hills and sea were hidden in mist, and the whole world seemed dim and dreary.
Anne dressed in the cheerless gray dawn, for an early start was necessary to catch the
boat train; she struggled against the tears that WOULD well up in her eyes in spite of
herself. She was leaving the home that was so dear to her, and something told her that
she was leaving it forever, save as a holiday refuge. Things would never be the same
again; coming back for vacations would not be living there. And oh, how dear and
beloved everything was--that little white porch room, sacred to the dreams of girlhood,
the old Snow Queen at the window, the brook in the hollow, the Dryad's Bubble, the
Haunted Woods, and Lover's Lane--all the thousand and one dear spots where
memories of the old years bided. Could she ever be really happy anywhere else?
Breakfast at Green Gables that morning was a rather doleful meal. Davy, for the first
time in his life probably, could not eat, but blubbered shamelessly over his porridge.
Nobody else seemed to have much appetite, save Dora, who tucked away her rations
comfortably. Dora, like the immortal and most prudent Charlotte, who "went on cutting
bread and butter" when her frenzied lover's body had been carried past on a shutter,
was one of those fortunate creatures who are seldom disturbed by anything. Even at
eight it took a great deal to ruffle Dora's placidity. She was sorry Anne was going away,
of course, but was that any reason why she should fail to appreciate a poached egg on
toast? Not at all. And, seeing that Davy could not eat his, Dora ate it for him.
Promptly on time Diana appeared with horse and buggy, her rosy face glowing above
her raincoat. The good-byes had to be said then somehow. Mrs. Lynde came in from
her quarters to give Anne a hearty embrace and warn her to be careful of her health,
whatever she did. Marilla, brusque and tearless, pecked Anne's cheek and said she
supposed they'd hear from her when she got settled. A casual observer might have
concluded that Anne's going mattered very little to her--unless said observer had
happened to get a good look in her eyes. Dora kissed Anne primly and squeezed out
two decorous little tears; but Davy, who had been crying on the back porch step ever
since they rose from the table, refused to say good-bye at all. When he saw Anne
coming towards him he sprang to his feet, bolted up the back stairs, and hid in a clothes
closet, out of which he would not come. His muffled howls were the last sounds Anne
heard as she left Green Gables.
It rained heavily all the way to Bright River, to which station they had to go, since the
branch line train from Carmody did not connect with the boat train. Charlie and Gilbert
were on the station platform when they reached it, and the train was whistling. Anne had