Saturday, March 31, 2018

Green Gables Read-Along | Discussion 3

Happy (almost) Easter and the last day of March! Today's discussion for the Anne of Green Gables read-along covers chapters 27-38 (the last part of the book). The main discussion is happening at Jenni Elyse. You can hop over there to leave a comment! Of course, you're totally welcome to comment here, as well. :)

Here are Jenni's fun questions to conclude the read-along, as well as my responses:

1. Is this your first time reading Anne of Green Gables, or is it a reread? Either way, what did you think about it?

My Thoughts: I believe I read this when I was younger. I'm not sure if I read it again before now...but I'm very familiar with the basics of the story from the movie version with Megan Follows. :) It was really sweet to read the book now, though! I enjoy L.M. Montgomery's descriptions of scenery and characters. And it's fun to know you're enjoying a book along with a group of fellow readers!

2. If this is your first time reading Anne of Green Gables, do you plan to read the rest of the series? If you've read Anne of Green Gables before, have you read the rest of the series? What do you think about it?

My Thoughts: Again, I believe I read the whole series (or most of it?) when I was younger, but if I did, it's been a long time. I remember my grandparents having the series on their shelf in my grandma's art room in back of the den. :) Right now, I think I only have books 1 and 3. I'd like to read/reread Anne of the Island sometime soon-ish! I also got Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery at a library sale last fall, and I want to read that one soon-ish too!

3. Who is your favorite character and why?

My Thoughts: I adore Marilla and Matthew, how they take Anne in and fall in love with her. Matthew is a total sweetheart! And it's endearing, the way Marilla takes her responsibilities so seriously, yet she can't help but enjoy Anne's spirit and misadventures.

It's hard to pick a favorite, though! I really like Anne, and everything centers around her in the book. But then there's also such lovely characters like Mrs. Allan, who lives out her faith with care and joy, and Miss Stacy, who makes school and learning a delight. And Gilbert...who, as we all seemed to agree, needed a bigger role in this story!

4. Who is your least favorite character and why?

My Thoughts: Hmmm... It's difficult to like Josie Pye, with the many ways she puts down Anne. And of course, Mrs. Blewett, even with how little we see her in the book, hardly seems like a nice person!

5. What was your favorite scene and why?

My Thoughts: Oooh, that's a tough question! There are so many memorable scenes, like when Matthew has a dress with puffed sleeves made for Anne, or when Anne pretends to be the lily maid. So cute and funny! But I also love those moments when Anne simply admires the view and world around her. Those descriptions of the coast or the woods or the twilight air are simply delightful.

6. What did you think about the last third of the book and why?

My Thoughts: It's bittersweet! In some ways, it's lovely to see Anne growing up, being a help and comfort to Marilla, excelling in school, facing her future with joy and courage, and even (finally!) forgiving Gilbert and making friends with him. But it's also sad to see her leave childhood behind, as Marilla notes too...and Matthew's death is tragic. He died as he wanted to, and there's peace in his passing, but it's difficult to see Anne and Marilla lose such a dear loved one and struggle through their grief.

I'll add that while the ending wraps up nicely with a hopeful but open finish, it does leave plenty of room for the books that follow, and lots of eagerness to read more of Anne's life and adventures!

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Here are some of my favorite quotes from the last part of the book...
  • "'As for your chatter, I don't know that I mind it—I've got so used to it.' Which was Marilla's way of saying that she liked to hear it."
  • "She had an odd, newly awakened consciousness under all her outraged dignity that the half-shy, half-eager expression in Gilbert's hazel eyes was something that was very good to see. Her heart gave a quick, queer little beat."
  • "There is no sweeter music on earth than that which the wind makes in the fir-trees at evening."
  • "The best of it all was the coming home."
  • "It's nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one's heart, like treasures."
  • "I'm not a bit changed—not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real me—back here—is just the same. It won't make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly; at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gables more and better every day of her life."
  • "Anne has as many shades as a rainbow and every shade is the prettiest while it lasts."
  • "She had looked her duty courageously in the face and found it a friend—as duty ever is when we meet it frankly."
  • "I shall give life here my best, and I believe it will give its best to me in return."
  • "If the path set before her feet was to be narrow she knew that flowers of quiet happiness would bloom along it." {So fun to come across the title of my dear friend Kara's blog! Now I know where this line comes from. :D}
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Many thanks to Suey, Kami, and Jenni for hosting this read-along! If you'd like details about the Twitter chat tonight or the watch-along on April 6th, head over to Jenni's blog!


lissa said...

most people seem to have read Anne when they were children but I think I was perhaps a lot older but no matter what the age you read Anne, it's always good.

I think characters do grow on you so I think you can have a lot of favorites.

I adore Matthew, I think he's just the sweetest guy there is, I kind of hope he would be around but at least we get to meet him and adore him.

have a lovely day.

Kara said...

Thanks for the shoutout! And to be honest, I’d kinda forgotten which book that quote was from. *embarrassed look* So it was fun to “stumble” across it myself! :)

I love that most all the characters have at least one or two endearing moments! That even the “bad” characters have good points. It’s why I really don’t have any character in this story that I don’t like.

Matthew’s death is so sudden and very sad. I actually cried when Anne and Marilla were comforting each other. As Lissa said, I do wish he could have stuck around further in the series. But his passing does grow Anne in ways she wouldn’t have otherwise, I think. And she and Marilla do get closer after that. So I can accept it. :)

Great answers. And great quotes! As always. :)

Jenni Elyse said...

Love your answers. And, I definitely love the puffed sleeve scene too. I agree with you that the last third of the book is bittersweet. But, I do enjoy watching Anne grow up and grow into her own person. Thanks for sharing all those beautiful quotes. Thanks for participating in the readalong! :D

Kami said...

Great answers! It is SO hard to pick a favorite character and scene. Thanks for joining our read along!

Amber Holcomb said...


So true! Anne and her stories are endearing no matter your age. :) And Matthew truly is the sweetest! ♥

Thank you for visiting my blog during the read-along, and I hope you have a lovely day/week too!


Amber Holcomb said...


Hehe, that's fun! It really is a wonderful quote and a fabulous phrase to use for a blog title. :) Great choice, friend!

It's true that most of the characters stick around on the pages long enough for you to see both the good and the bad. :) It really is an endearing cast!

It's so sad for Anne and Marilla to lose Matthew. :( But you raise some great points about how, in the aftermath, Anne and Marilla grow closer, and Anne grows in hard but important ways.

Thank you for your sweet comment and encouragement, friend! Glad you stopped by!


Amber Holcomb said...


Anne really does grow up well, doesn't she? :) Thank you so much for your kind comment, and for helping to host this awesome read-along! It was lots of fun!


Amber Holcomb said...


It really is hard to pick favorites with this book!! So much to love. :) Thank you for helping to host this great read-along!