Books

5 Favorite Quotes About Fall {from Anne of Green Gables}

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*Update: quote #5 has been added! It is the second quote listed. Sorry about that!

Hello everyone & happy fall!

Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog but I promise I have not forgotten about you guys ☺ And I definitly don’t want to stop blogging. I’ve missed it so much. Everything has a season and you will hear more about my absence in due time. (Promise!)

In the meantime, I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes about fall. And of course they are from one of my most favoritest (yes, made up word I know) authors of alll the times…Mrs. Lucy Maude Montgomery.

Pretty much the minute it turned October, I was bracing myself as I scrolled through my social media. Because I knew I would come across the most famous, most shared Montgomery quote.

(Hint: “I’m so glad I live in a world…)

And ok I love it, but in my opinion the quote is overused. And I thought… there has to be other awesome fall quotes in these books!

And so I skimmed. And from my skimming I have the following 5 quotes from L.M. Montgomery’s books.

I hope you enjoy, fellow lovers of Avonlea and all things Anne. 🌾🍁🏡

 

5 Favorite Quotes About Fall (from Anne of Green Gables)

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“It was October…a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with the delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain-amethyst, pearl, silver, rose and smoke-blue.”

-from Anne of Green Gables, chapter 24, by L.M. Montgomery

 

“Peace and tranquility brooded over the Glen; the sky was fleeced over with silvery, shining clouds. Rainbow Valley lay in a soft, autumnal haze of fairy purple. The maple grove was a burning bush of colour and the hedge of sweet- briar around the kitchen yard was a thing of wonder in it’s subtle tintings.”

-from Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 9, by L.M. Montgomery

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“Anne thought those Friday evening gypsyings over the autumnal hills in the crisp golden air, with the homelights of Avonlea twinkling beyond, were the best and dearest hours of the whole week.”

-from Anne of Green Gables, chapter 35, by L.M. Montgomery

 

“It was a beautiful autumn morning, clear and crisp and sunny; the frosted ferns, drenched and battered with the rain of yesterday, gave out a delicious fragrance…”

-from Chronicles of Avonlea, chapter 2, by L.M. Montgomery

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“I went out and down the harbor road. There was such a nice frosty, Octobery smell in the air, blent with the delightful odor of newly plowed fields. I walked on and on until twilight had deepened into a moonlit autumn night. I was alone but not lonely.”

– from Anne of Windy Poplars, chapter 2, by L.M. Montgomery


 

Hope you guys are having a wonderful November and that fall still lingers in your part of the globe (northern hemisphere peeps only I guess lol, totally had to look it up!) The things we forget 😆

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Books, Lessons In Literature

Friendship (Is Greater Than) Politics

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Earlier this year I discovered something unexpected about a beloved book series. I was reading Anne of Avonlea and came across an interesting passage. Given certain current events that occurred at the time, my mind was primed to catch all things political. And so I read…

“Diana’s father was a Liberal, for which reason she and Anne never discussed politics. Green Gables folk had always been Conservatives.”

(Anne of Avonlea, Chapter 18)

But are they the only ones? I picked apart the series to find out. Lets start in the beginning.

Marilla and Mrs. Rachel Lynde

How about these two? Marilla and Mrs. Rachel were two very unique individuals who proved to be opposites in more than a few ways.

In Anne of Green Gables, it states that it was likely because (and in spite of) these differences that their friendship remained through the years.

In chapter 18, they attend a political meeting to see the Premier (political leader running for office). Mrs. Lynde attends purely because she was “a red-hot politician” and deemed her presence to be necessary. She went with her Conservative friend, (Marilla) even though the Premier was decidedly not on her “side”.

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But through everything, they supported each other. Death of family, loss of health, money troubles…even raising two rambunctious (ok only one was squirrelly) twins together. Friendship endures through the ages. Through life’s trials. Marilla and Mrs. Rachel were so different to start with that I can almost see them laughing and waving their hands in dismissal at the idea of politics.

Anne and Diana

Anne and Diana have one of the most iconic friendships of all time. I mean I close my eyes and I see all the crazy things they went through. All the fun and laughs. Chasing after (what they thought was) Anne’s Jersey cow, Diana getting drunk from currant wine (decidedly not cordial), jumping on Miss Josephine Barry in the spare room (by mistake of course). They also had a few times when they didn’t quite see eye-to-eye.

One such event occurs in Anne of Avonlea, chapter 18. The girls are on a trip to buy a willow-ware platter from the Copp girls, who live on Tory Road in Spencervale. On their journey, Anne asks how the Tory Road got its name. Diana gives an explanation and a jab at the Tory (Conservative) government. But Anne makes no reply. And they continue on as they always had. And Anne gets stuck in a duck house roof. And Diana stays faithfully by her side. And they get the willow-platter! And no more mention is made of politics for Anne and Diana. Life goes on.

We are more than our political views.

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Anne and Gilbert

Another duo worth noting is Anne and Gilbert. But they got married! Yes. And once they had opposing views. In a heart-to-heart talk with Matthew, Anne says she is glad that she and Matthew are Conservatives “because Gil-because some of the boys in school are Grits.” However, later in Anne’s House of Dreams, chapter 35, Gilbert is described as “an ardent Conservative”. So did he change for love? Was it a passing fancy? A means to raise Queen Anne’s ire? Perhaps we will never know 🙂 Are similar views a necessity in marriage?

More Characters

How about some of the others from Anne’s House of Dreams? Captain Jim, Cornelia and the newly married Blythes were thick as thieves and yet did not have everything in common. Captain Jim=Liberal. Cornelia=Conservative. As were the Blythes. And still they did not let their political mindset get in the way of friendship.

Many a late-night chat and playful banter did these four have. There were jokes and there was teasing. And yet their friendship was marked by a distinct absence of discord. In this day and age, I find that profound.

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Lastly, we have the unlikely couple which is Cornelia Bryant and Marshall Elliot. Cornelia is definitely Conservative. Mr. Elliot, on the other hand was so strongly Liberal that he refused to shave or cut his hair for 18 years, when his political party came back into power. I’m sure he was a sight and I guess a girl has her pride!

Cornelia’s character makes me laugh. I find it so funny that a good haircut was all that kept her from marrying Mr. Marshall Elliot. I wonder if their political differences added stress or simply a welcome contrast to their lives?

Conclusion

Reading these passages really made me think. Here in the U.S. things have not been smooth sailing on the political front. But the harsh words, the protests…the spite. Is it necessary? What happened to polite disagreement? To friendly banter? To respect?

I wish so much that we had more of that. But it starts with one. It starts with me. I have to be willing to mix with those who don’t see things as I do. To be kind. And yes even seek out friendship from those from other political groups. Food for thought.

What do you think of this approach to politics?

~Rachel