By Lucy Maud Montgomery
Emily Starr by no means knew what it was once to be lonely -- until eventually her liked father died. Now Emily's an orphan, and her mother's snobbish relations are taking her to reside with them at New Moon Farm. She's convinced she will not feel free Emily offers with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by means of maintaining her head excessive and utilizing her fast wit. issues start to swap whilst she makes acquaintances: with Teddy, who does incredible drawings; with Perry, who is sailed worldwide together with his father but hasn't ever been to college; and principally, with Use, a tomboy with a blazing mood. Amazingly, Emily reveals New Moon appealing and engaging. With new acquaintances and adventures, Emily may sometime examine herself as Emily of latest Moon.
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A large, untidy lawn, overgrown with unpruned shrubs and trees, straggled right down to the pond, where enormous willows drooped over the water. Emily decided that she would ask Cousin Jimmy about these houses when she got a good chance. She felt that, before she went back, she must slip along the pasture fence and explore a certain path which she saw entering the grove of spruce and maple further down. She did--and found that it led straight into Fairyland--along the bank of a wide, lovely brook--a wild, dear, little path with lady-ferns beckoning and blowing along it, the shyest of elfin June-bells under the firs, and little whims of loveliness at every curve.
The north side was closed in by a thick grove of spruce against which a long row of peonies grew, their great red blossoms splendid against its darkness. One big spruce grew in the centre of the garden and underneath it was a stone bench, made of flat shore stones worn smooth by long polish of wind and wave. In the south-east corner was an enormous clump of lilacs, trimmed into the semblance of one large drooping-boughed tree, gloried over with purple. An old summer-house, covered with vines, filled the south-west corner.
The tone of Aunt Elizabeth's good night would have spoiled the best night in the world. But Emily lay very still and sobbed no more, though the noiseless tears trickled down her cheeks in the darkness for some time. She lay so still that Aunt Elizabeth imagined she was asleep and went to sleep herself. 52 "I wonder if anybody in the world is awake but me," thought Emily, feeling a sickening loneliness. "If I only had Saucy Sal here! She isn't so cuddly as Mike but she'd be better than nothing.