Study Guide

Anne of Green Gables Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised

  • The chapter title takes place right away, once the girl walks into the house. As Matthew explains to Marilla why he didn't bring a boy home, the girl realizes she isn't wanted and bursts into tears.
  • Marilla asks her name. She says she wants to be called Cordelia, but when pressed, reveals that her name is Anne Shirley.
  • Dinner doesn't go very well. Anne can't eat because, she explains, she's "in the depths of despair." (3.26)
  • Once Anne is in bed, Matthew asks Marilla if they can keep her, surprising Marilla a second time. She's still against the idea. Meanwhile, poor Anne cries herself to sleep.

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