Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew want to adopt an orphan, to help on the farm at Green Gables. They ask for a boy, but they get Anne, who has red hair and freckles, and who talks and talks and talks.
They didn’t want a girl, but how can they send a child back, like an unwanted parcel? So Anne stays, and begins a new life in the sleepy, quiet village of Avonlea in Canada. But it is not so quiet after Anne comes to live there…


  1. adopt to take the child of another person into your family to become your own child
  2. beard the hair on a man’s face
  3. blind not able to see
  4. branch one of the ‘arms’ of a tree
  5. college a place where people go to study, after leaving school
  6. examination a test of what someone knows or can do
  7. farm fields and buildings where people grow food and keep animals
  8. firmly showing that you have decided something
  9. forgive (past tense forgave) to show or say that you are not angry with somebody any more
  10. freckles small brown marks on a person’s skin (often on the face)
  11. hate opposite of love
  12. heart the part of your body that pushes the blood round
  13. horrible very bad
  14. imagine to make a picture of something in your head
  15. knee the part in the middle of your leg where it bends
  16. medicine a special drink that helps someone who is ill to get better
  17. miss to feel sad when someone has gone away
  18. orphan a child whose parents are dead; orphans often live in a children’s home
  19. plait long pieces of hair put over and under each other to make one thick piece
  20. prize a kind of ‘present’ which somebody gets if they win or come first in something (e.g. an examination)
  21. rude not polite
  22. sad unhappy
  23. shy not sure of yourself; finding it difficult to talk to people
  24. sob (past tense sobbed) to cry loudly and very unhappily
  25. study (past tense studied) to read, think, and learn
  26. vicar a priest in the Protestant Church
  27. whisper to speak very softly and quietly
  28. worried feeling that something is wrong



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