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March 11, 2018

Anne of Green Gables Read Along: Chapters 1-13

Anne of Green Gables Read Along: Chapters 1-13
I've already read Anne of Green Gables before so this is a re-read for me and my first read along which I think is probably going to be my last. I think I read too fast. I could have finished the book in a week but I didn't. I stopped at chapter 13 so that I can read along which is what you do in a read along, right? I won't be doing the Twitter discussions because I don't have Twitter but it will probably be very interesting but I won't know, so don't tell me.

"You're only Anne of Green Gables," she said earnestly, "and I see you, just as you are looking now, whenever I try to imagine I'm the Lady Cordelia. But it's a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn't it?"
— Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Today, we are discussing chapters 1 – 13.  Here are the questions from Suey's blog:

01/ In chapter 2, when Matthew is driving Anne back to Green Gables, she asks him: “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive.” Given her tragic childhood, how do you think Anne is able to maintain such a positive attitude?
I think it's Anne's imagination. All the things she said on the ride, it's very fantasy-like, very dreamy. I think Anne goes off into her mind whenever things gets bad and it probably became a habit.

02/ Anne is insistent on renaming places and inanimate things. Why do you think she does this?
Now I remember why I hate writing book reports. I hate questions like these. Everything is why this, why that. But I think my answer is the same as above. Anne likes to use her imagination. She likes to think the world is a nicer, prettier, better place.

03/ Marilla gives several reasons for finally deciding to keep Anne. What reason do you think most changed her mind?
I think stubbornness and also, maybe loneliness. Marilla only have her brother Matthew who isn't very talkative and her neighbor/friend Mrs. Lynde who is very talkative (and opinionated), that's all Marilla have for companions. Of course, Marilla couldn't really talk to Anne because Marilla is not one to show her inner most feelings. But perhaps having no children of her own, Anne could almost be the child she would have had if she had children. But perhaps it's all nonsense. I just think Marilla likes Anne and her antics. There is always some hints of Marilla having more of a sense of humor than she has shown. I also think Marilla sees herself in Anne or perhaps wishes she could be like Anne — someone who has the guts to say what they want, someone who is more alive than most people.

04/ If Anne grew up today, would she have been happier with how she looked? What would she have pined for, looks- and fashion-wise? What is our society's equivalent of plumpness, dark hair, and puffed sleeves?
In the modern world now, Anne would be happier about her looks but perhaps she would be vain and perhaps less like the Anne we love. I don't even want to think about society or how they would damage Anne in ways that even simple opinions can get passed around and get skewed so badly that Anne would be in some sort of depression from hearing about it. I don't know. I don't really like to think of Anne in the modern world at all.

05/ How would Anne have turned out if Marilla had let Mrs. Blewett take her? Would that life have crushed Anne's imaginative spirit, or would she have changed in a different way?
I still think Anne would have turned out the same but it would take her a little longer to get there. She just seems like the type of person whose spirit always survived but perhaps without Marilla or Matthew or even all the people she meets in Prince Edward Island, perhaps Anne wouldn't have been as happy but she would still have led a adventure-filled life and she still would have ended up with people who loved her.

Follow the discussion at Suey's blog here >>
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