Kilmeny of the Orchard is a novel by Lucy
Maud Montgomery. It
is the story of a young man named Eric Marshall who goes to teach a school on Prince
Edward Island and
meets a mute girl that has perfect hearing named Kilmeny. He sees her
when he is walking in the woods and hears her playing the violin. He
visits her for a long time until he falls in love with her. When he proposes
she rejects him, even though she loves him in return, believing that her
disability will only hinder his life if they were married, despite his protests
that it wouldn't matter at all. Meanwhile, Eric's good friend David who is a
renowned throat doctor, comes to the island and visits Eric. He examines
Kilmeny, and says that nothing will cure her but an extreme psychological need
to speak. This need comes soon when Neil Gordon, who is in love with Kilmeny
and madly jealous of Eric, comes behind Eric with an axe, meaning to kill him.
Kilmeny is nearby, and without thinking, she yells to Eric to look behind him:
she can now speak. Neil runs away on a ship, and Kilmeny and Eric get married.