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Natures ethereal charms

  Overhead was one long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom. Below the boughs the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle. Its beauty seemed to strike the child dumb. She leaned back in the buggy, her thin hands clasped before her, her face lifted rapturously to the white splendour above. Even when they had passed out and were driving down the long slope to Newbridge she never moved or spoke. Still with rapt face she gazed afar into the sunset west, with eyes that saw visions trooping splendidly across that glowing background. Through Newbridge, a bustling little village where dogs barked at them and small boys hooted and curious faces peered from the windows, they drove, still in silence.  

Excerpt from Lucy Maud Montgomerys Anne of Green Gables

  1. Canopy – kan-uh-pee – noun
  2. Fragrant – frey-gruh nt adjective
  3. Bloom – bloom – noun
  4. Boughs – bous – noun
  5. Twilight – twahy-lahyt – noun
  6. Cathedral – kuh-thee-druh l – noun
  7.Aisle – ahyl – noun
  8. Rapturously – rap-cher-uh s li – adverb
  9. Splendour – splen-der – noun
10. Slope – slohp – noun
11. Rapt – rapt – adjective
12. Gazed – geyz d – verb
13. Bustling – buhs-ling – adjective
14. Hooted – hoot d – verb
15. Peered – peer d – verb
a.   A surface of which one end or side is at a higher level than another; a rising or falling surface.
b.   A flower, especially one cultivated for its beauty.
c.   The uppermost branches of the trees in a forest, forming a more or less continuous layer of foliage.
d.   The principal church of a diocese, with which the bishop is officially associated.
e.   A passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church or theatre, an aircraft, or train.
f.   Having a pleasant or sweet smell.
g.   Magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur.
h.   The main branches of a tree.
i.   Looked steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.
j.   (Of a place) buzzing with activity.
k.   Characterised by a feeling of extreme joy, or expressing great pleasure or enthusiasm.
l.   Looked from an angle with difficulty or concentration at someone or something.
m.   To cry out or shout, especially in disapproval or derision.
n.   The soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.
o.   Completely fascinated or absorbed in what one is seeing or hearing.


1. c 2. f 3. b 4. h 5. n
6. d 7. e 8. k 9. g 10. a
11. o 12. i 13. j 14. m 14. l