Kilmeny of the Orchard

Kilmeny of the Orchard (L.C. Page and Company, 1910)Kilmeny of the Orchard is L.M. Montgomery’s third book, first published in March 1910 by Boston publisher L.C. Page and Company. It was preceded by Anne of Avonlea (1909) and followed by The Story Girl (1911).

Although Montgomery had planned for The Story Girl to be her follow-up to Anne of Avonlea, it did not progress quickly enough for her publisher, who suggested that she shelve the book temporarily and expand a five-part serial, “Una of the Garden,” that she had published in the Minneapolis magazine The Housekeeper between December 1908 and April 1909. Montgomery renamed the title protagonist, shifted the scene from a garden to an orchard, and expanded the story to book length. The story of schoolteacher Eric Marshall who falls in love with Kilmeny Gordon, a mute violinist with a tragic past, Kilmeny of the Orchard appeared only six months after Anne of Avonlea.

Epigraph

“Kilmeny looked up with a lovely grace,
But nae smile was seen on Kilmeny’s face;
As still was her look, and as still was her ee,
As the stillness that lay on the emerant lea,
Or the mist that sleeps on a waveless sea.

Such beauty bard may never declare,
For there was no pride nor passion there;

Her seymar was the lily flower,
And her cheek the moss-rose in the shower;
And her voice like a distant melodye
That floats along the twilight sea.”

The Queen’s Wake
James Hogg

Dedication

“To my cousin Beatrice A. McIntyre this book is affectionately dedicated.”

Contents

1. The Thoughts of Youth

2. A Letter of Destiny

3. The Master of Lindsay School

4. A Tea Table Conversation

5. A Phantom of Delight

6. The Story of Kilmeny

7. A Rose of Womanhood

8. At the Gate of Eden

9. The Straight Simplicity of Eve

10. A Troubling of the Waters

11. A Lover and His Lass

12. A Prisoner of Love

13. A Sweeter Woman Ne’er Drew Breath

14. In Her Selfless Mood

15. An Old, Unhappy, Far-off Thing

16. David Baker’s Opinion

17. A Broken Fetter

18. Neil Gordon Solves His Own Problem

19. Victor from Vanquished Issues