Chapter 2 Summary

Matthew Cuthbert is a very quiet man. He is also very shy, especially around women. He spends most of his days in his barn or out in the fields. When he does come home, he seldom enters the upstairs section of the house, leaving those quarters to his sister. As he makes his way to the train station, he enjoys the silence. When he arrives, he avoids the eyes of the young girl he sees standing outside the station.

He is surprised to find that the train has already come and that there is no young boy waiting for him. Matthew goes inside and questions the stationmaster, asking if he saw a Mrs. Spencer get off the train with a child. Mrs. Spencer is the friend who was to bring the orphan child to Avonlea for the Cuthberts....

(The entire section is 530 words.)