Thursday February 6 , 2014.
Anne of Green Gables
• 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
• Classic of orphan girl novel genre
o Barnardo Children as historical reality
o Interesting bit of xenophobia that Marilla wants a Canadianborn child
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.
• 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
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