Here is the second set of discussion questions for our Anne of Green Gables read-along. If you would like to sign up, you are free to do so at any point throughout the read-along. The sign-up post also has the schedule for the event, including discussion questions and other activities.
Feel free to answer the questions on your own blog and leave us a link in the comments, or just answer in the comments. You can also answer the questions even if you are not officially reading with us.
The questions for chapters 21-29 will be posted next Sunday. To tweet about the read-along, you can use the hashtag #readAnneShirley.
- What do you think of Anne’s confession to Marilla about losing her amethyst broach?
- We’re fully introduced to Gilbert Blythe in these chapters. What do you think of him so far? Would you have liked being teased or was Anne’s reaction understandable?
- How do you think Gilbert and Anne’s relationship will go from here? (If you’ve read the book before, do remember what you thought the first time you read it?)
- What do you think of Mrs. Barry’s reaction to Diana coming home drunk? Who was at fault in the situation?
- Anne lets her imagination run away with her in the Haunted Wood! What do you think about imagining spooky things into your everyday life. Is this a bad decision?
- What has been your favorite scene in the book so far?
- In retrospect, the confession is pretty hilarious, and I feel bad for Anne that she felt if she confessed she wouldn’t be punished. Marilla does it sound that way, so Anne was a little bit tricked, though I think common sense and interaction with adults should have warned Anne that apologizing wouldn’t be enough. I feel bad that Marilla wouldn’t believe the true story either, though she does try to make it up to Anne.
- As an introverted child, I think I would have simply been mortified to have been teased in school, regardless of the fact Gilbert does it to everyone. He does seem like a generally likable and sociable fellow anyway, though. I think I’d like to know him.
- I’ve read the book before! I can’t remember my initial prediction for their future interactions, but I think it’s wise to take Anne at her word when she says she doesn’t want to speak to anyone. I think I would have caved and been friends with Gilbert eventually though.
- I understand Mrs. Barry’s horror, but Marilla’s explanation should have cleared it up. I wouldn’t necessarily expect children to recognize alcohol if they’d never had it before. I am kind of surprised Diana liked it so much, though.
- I hate scary things. I would never intentionally imagine ghosts into my life. I do think it’s a bit harsh for adults to say Anne was “wrong” for doing so, however.
- Hard to say! I do link Anne whacking Gilbert over the head with her slate, though, and look forward to that every reread. It was kind of unwarranted, yet also really satisfying to watch. :p