"Will you please call me Cordelia?"
Shirley, one of the most well known characters in fiction. A fiery red
head with an enormous imagination, a mouth that runs nonstop, and a
penchant for getting herself into scrapes. I've loved Anne of Green Gables
for I don't even know how long. I've read the entire series multiple
times, and never seem to tire of it. Anne is just such an interesting
character. It does help that I'm a lot like her...
Anne is an
orphan. She wants a family, she wants raven black hair, and a bosom
friend. When she finds out she is to be adopted, it seems too good to be
true. And, in a way, it sort of is. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert
intended to adopt a boy, but they got Anne instead. Though at first they
didn't want to keep her, soon they can't imagine life without her.
loves life. She loves beautiful things, like The Lake of Shining Waters
and The White Way of Delight. She has a rich and fancy vocabulary that
she uses frequently as it seems practically impossible for her to keep
her tongue still for any length of time. Diana Barry is a kindred
spirit. They become bosom friends immediately, though troubles come when
Anne accidentally "sets Diana drunk" by giving her currant wine instead
of raspberry cordial by mistake.
For Anne makes a lot of
mistakes. Like the time she dyed her hair green, the liniment cake, the
mouse in the pudding, the unfortunate lily maid. And there are times
where her pride got her into trouble, like when Josie Pye dared her to
walk the Barry's ridgepole and she fell off. Though I'm not sure even
that compares to the time she broke her slate over Gilbert Blythe's head
after he called her "carrots" and then refused to speak to him for five
years...considering she eventually married him. Many of Anne's mistakes
are due to her imagination taking over from reality. Some scrapes are
due to her hot temper. I have had more than my share of mistakes and
forgetfulness from distraction by imagination, and my temper certainly
got me in lots of trouble when I was little.
Anne is smart, and
her competitive nature makes her fight to best Gilbert Blythe when they
are at Queen's together. And at Redmond. Because Anne's adventures don't
end where Anne of Green Gables does. Even when she is older
she gets herself into scrapes, like the time she sold the neighbor's
cow. Eventually (it takes until book three) Anne realizes she loves
Gilbert, and begins a new chapter of her life, one that is followed by
the rest of this classic series.
L. M. Montgomery is an amazing
author. She creates such memorable and well-rounded characters, living
among realistic people with all manner of quirks and peculiarities. Anne
is not a character one can forget. That bright, imaginative, and
dramatic redhead will forever be an inhabitant of my imagination.