"Anne, you have tricked something out of that imagination of yours that you call romance. Have you forgotten how he gave up the Avonlea school for you so that you could stay here with me? He picked you up everyday in his carriage so that you could study your courses together. Don’t toss it away for some ridiculous ideal that doesn’t exist." - Marilla Cuthbert
This is giving me thoughts and feelings, on account of poor, peasant Rumpel. People who have gone without for a long time tend to overcompensate when they have something in abundance. Rumpel was a thin, wasted little man. He was poor, desperately so, and his food was probably scraped together from anything he could afford. This is a man for whom food is a luxury. So him offering to share food with Belle is the height of caring: I have this stuff that is so valuable to me and I want to share it with you and make sure you never lack as I did.