Here is the third 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 30-38 will be posted next Sunday. To tweet about the read-along, you can use the hashtag #readAnneShirley.
- Anne gets into a number of scrapes in these few chapters: flavoring the cake wrong, falling off the ridgepole, nearly drowning, dying her hair green. Which was the most fun to read about? And which do you think would be the worst to experience?
- We also get more of Matthew in this chapter! What do you think of his insistence on puffed sleeves for Anne? Were they worth the torture he endured?
- Chapter 28 brings back Gilbert Blythe in full force. Was Anne wrong to continue to carry her grudge? What would you do in the situation? Do you think, if you had initially refused forgiveness like Anne at the landing, that you would be able to go back and tell Gilbert you were wrong?
- Anne and her friends form an official story club together. Have you ever participated in something like this? How did it go?
- Finally, Anne gets her experienced in spare room bed at Miss Barry’s in town. What do you think of Miss Barry? Would you be friends with her?
- I think the scene where Anne nearly drowns is wonderfully dramatic, especially as we get visions of the other girls screaming their heads off and running about wildly unable to find an adult, completely convinced Anne is dead and sure it’s all their fault. It is a shame they seem to temper their playing after that (To be fair, who wouldn’t be wary after that?), but it’s such great fun to read about. I also think it’s hilarious when Anne dies her hair. Mostly because it didn’t happen to me.
- Matthew’s insistence on puffed sleeves is one of the sweetest things in the book. I love everything about it, from how he has to take a while to deliberately ponder what it is Anne is missing that the other girls have, to how much he struggles when trying to talk to the shop ladies. Poor Marilla with all that brown sugar! This is also great, though, because I think Montgomery is very sensitive to how much children can be teased and bullied about their clothes not fitting in. Adults very often write off clothes as frivolous things that don’t really matter, but being a child who always is forced by parents/guardians to wear something the other children think is ridiculous can be pure torture.
- Of course we all want Anne to make up with Gilbert! It seems that she really wants to, as well, since she makes a point of obsessively thinking about him so she can pretend she doesn’t care about him at all. Being friends would have been great for them. However, if like Anne I had said no to Gilbert at the river, I think I would have stuck out my grudge after that, too. Pride can be horrible.
- I never officially exchanged stories with other people! There’s something really awkward about writing, in that very often other people don’t actually want to read your work–and you get a sense of this quickly. Honestly, I often hate reading close friends’ writing, too, simply because much of it is amateur (fine because everyone needs practice!), and many people don’t really want constructive criticism, just praise. I find it best to avoid being put on the spot to read much of these things. However, I think a childhood (before high school!) story club would be great because I think most children would just be having fun and not too critical or even sensitive to whether the other people’s stories were “good.”
- Frankly, I don’t like Miss Barry. She’s surprisingly less strict than one would expect, but she still seems like she’d be a bit difficult to be around. I’d feel I’d have to be on my toes.