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28. Anne of Green Gables.docx
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School
Western University
Department
English
Course
English 2033E
Professor
Michelle Hartley
Semester
Winter

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Lecture:  Thursday February 6    , 2014.  Children’s Literature Anne of Green Gables (1908) L.M. Montgomery • 1874 – 1942 • Edwardian, primarily, but Anne set in more Victorian era, at least residues there in  Marilla’s emphasis on propriety in initial chapters • Marilla’s own upbringing Sentimental Fiction • Classic of orphan girl novel genre o Barnardo Children as historical reality o Interesting bit of xenophobia that Marilla wants a Canadian­born child Bernardo Children A program developed by a British philanthropist named Thomas Bernardo. This man  arranged for adoption of over 100,000 children who were taken from lower­class homes  in London, England and sent to farming families in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.  In recent years, the British Health Secretary has issued an apology to these people  because many of them were not orphans at all, but simply poor children who were taken  from their parents. The apology acknowledges the fact that nearly two thirds of the  children were eventually abused, either physically or sexually, and virtually all of them  were exploited as cheap farm labor.  Girl’s Book • Finding safe haven: Ch. 2 o Green Gables First Sight of Home “We’re pretty near home now. That’s Green Gables over ­ ”  “Oh, don’t tell me,” she interrupted breathlessly, catching at his partially raised arm and  shutting her eyes that she might not see his gesture. “Let me guess. I’m sure I’ll guess  right.” She opened her eyes and looked around her. They were on the rest of the hill. The sun  had set some time since, but the landscape was still clear in the mellow afterlight. To the  west a dark church spire rose up against a marigold sky.  Below was a little valley and beyond a long, gently rising slope with snug farmsteads  scattered along it. From one to another the child’s eyes darted, eager and wistful. At last  they lingered on one away to the left far back,  Matthew slapped the reins on the sorrel’s back delighted Sensib
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