"Mountain is an ugly word – for them."

Morne is the word for mountain in Dominica and the French Caribbean. According to the OED, it stems from the old French morne (1640). It may also be related to the Spanish word morro, meaning hillock (1591).

Morne carries connotations of morning and mourning (morne is an archaic spelling of mourn), which could be why Antoinette finds it the more aesthetically pleasing word.