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
"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
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
Romantic nostalgia – wishing for the child to remain a child (VERY IMPORTANT
[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
Matthew‘s death + Marilla‘s loss of eyesight = growing up is equal to death and
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