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ENGB35 March 4, 2013 Anne of Green Gables (part 3) Imagination is reformed What other changes do we see in Anne?  Anne became quieter – Imagination became internalized.  Uses less grand words – Miss Stacy‘s influence  Relationship with Gilbert changes – the less interested in her that he is, the more Anne regrets that she was mean to him.  Becomes prettier – but it doesn‘t matter as much as she thought it would  Academic interest takes over imagination ―Velvet carpet," sighed Anne luxuriously, "and silk curtains! I've dreamed of such things, Diana. But do you know I don't believe I feel very comfortable with them after all. There are so many things in this room and all so splendid that there is no scope for imagination. That is one consolation when you are poor--there are so many more things you can imagine about.‖  The critique is of material goods is that there are better things to dream about "We are rich," said Anne staunchly. "Why, we have sixteen years to our credit, and we're happy as queens, and we've all got imaginations, more or less. Look at that sea, girls—all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds‖  Meg has to learn that she is rich is domesticity etc. Anne is rich in imagination and dreams. "Oh, but it's good to be alive and to be going home," breathed Anne. ―Aren't those gulls splendid? Would you like to be a gull? I think I would—that is, if I couldn't be a human girl. Don't you think it would be nice to wake up at sunrise and swoop down over the water and away out over that lovely blue all day; and then at night to fly back to one's nest? Oh, I can just imagine myself doing it.‖  Anne had started by dreaming that, one day, she would have a home (nest). Eventually, she does actually get this dream. ―Miss Barry put us in the spare room, according to promise. It was an elegant room, Marilla, but somehow sleeping in a spare room isn't what I used to think it was. That's the worst of growing up, and I'm beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don't seem half so wonderful to you when you get them." ENGB35 March 4, 2013  Growing up = fall into realism/loss of imagination How much does she change?  There isn‘t that much to say about Anne changing. The book is about the fact that Anne does not change.  Marilla ends up being the representation of Anne‘s changes – being sad about them, Marilla felt a queer regret over Anne's inches. The child she had learned to love had vanished somehow (…) Marilla loved the girl as much as she had loved the child, but she was conscious of a queer sorrowful sense of loss. "I just couldn't help thinking of the little girl you used to be, Anne. And I was wishing you could have stayed a little girl, even with all your queer ways. You've grown up now and you're going away; and you look so tall and stylish and so—so—different altogether in that dress—as if you didn't belong in Avonlea at all—and I just got lonesome thinking it all over."  Romantic nostalgia – wishing for the child to remain a child (VERY IMPORTANT TERM) [Matthew] smiled his shy smile at her as he went into the yard. Anne took the memory of it with her when she went to her room that night and sat for a long while at her open window, thinking of the past and dreaming of the future. Outside the Snow Queen was mistily white in the moonshine; the frogs were singing in the marsh beyond Orchard Slope. Anne always remembered the silvery, peaceful beauty and fragrant calm of that night. It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.  Framed as a retrospective – also already become a memory at the time that it is being narrated  Matthew‘s death + Marilla‘s loss of eyesight = growing up is equal to death and decay Title of this chapter (Chap 36) ―The Glory and the Dream‖ THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparell'd in celestial light, ENGB35 March 4, 2013 The glory and the freshness of a dream. 5 It is not now as it hath been of yore;— Turn wheresoe'er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen I now can see no more. (…) Whither is fled the visionary gleam? Where is it now, the glory and the dream? (Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood)  The child is supposed to be close to God, as being in nature  As children lose this, they become farther from God and nature o Growing
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