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Vocabulary in Anne of Green Gables

Vocabulary Examples in Anne of Green Gables:

Chapter I - Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised

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"patriarchal..."   (Chapter I - Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised)

In this context, the word "patriarchal" means that the willows protect the property just as a patriarch, or male head, would protect a family.

"run the unseen gauntlet..."   (Chapter I - Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised)

The phrase to "run the gauntlet" means to expect harsh criticism. In literal terms, it describes an age-old punishment whereby a prisoner (usually a soldier) runs between rows of fellow soldiers who poke or strike at him.

"alabaster..."   (Chapter II - Matthew Cuthbert is surprised)

The word "alabaster" refers to skin which is very pale and free from blemishes, as if it is glowing from within.

"harrowed..."   (Chapter VII - Anne Says Her Prayers)

In farming diction, "harrowed" means ploughed or turned over, and suggests that Anne was very distressed and overwrought.

"Parthian shaft to rankle..."   (Chapter IX - Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrified)

In ancient times, the Parthians shot arrows at the Romans whilst making their escape, thus avoiding confrontation and battle. This "rankled" or annoyed the Romans as, to them, battle was the only honorable means to settle a dispute. Here, Anne is left "rankled," contemplating the annoying fact that Mrs Rachel has got away with being so rude and that Anne is the one accused of bad behavior. 

"ninny..."   (Chapter XIII - The Delights of Anticipation)

The word "ninny" is an affectionate way of saying someone is foolish or doing something foolish.

"pompadour..."   (Chapter XIX - A Concert a Catastrophe and a Confession)

The word "pompadour" refers to a popular women's hairstyle of the day with the hair turned back on top of the head.

"manse..."   (Chapter XXI - A New Departure in Flavorings)

The word "manse" refers to a minister's residence like, for example, a vicarage or rectory.

"gird up their loins for the fray..."   (Chapter XXXI - Where the Brook and River Meet)

The phrase to "gird up their loins" is a biblical allusion meaning to prepare for action or potential trouble.

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