Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. Feel free to comment even if you are not officially participating! This week’s question is:
Which classic book do you wish had a sequel and why?
I couldn’t decide between two books for this question, though, of course, I wish nearly all books I enjoy had sequels!
Summary: Marigold Lesley grew up at Cloud of Spruce painting the world with her imagination. Though strong personalities pass into and out of her life—including a real princess—Marigold always returns to her imaginary friend Sylvia. Together the two of them roam over the hill and through the orchard, reveling in the beauty all around them. Marigold’s belief in magic sustains her through all the trials of childhood, including having to spend the night away from home, deal with mean-spirited girls at school, and accept the loss of loved ones.
Why It Needs a Sequel: Many of Montgomery’s heroines grow up. Anne Shirley has six books plus two about her children. Emily Starr has a trilogy. My favorite, Pat Gardiner, even got a sequel. After all, it’s very important to learn about the career choices and future romances of these girls! But Marigold, strikingly, not only does not have a sequel, but also does not grow up very much in her stand-alone. She is a child concerned with childish things, and she remains that way. And yet all these years I’ve wondered what she would look like grown up.
Summary: Rebecca Randall arrives to live with her aunts Miranda and Jane in Riverboro, expecting that they will “be the making of her”. Someone, after all, needs to gain an education so that her mother can lift the mortgage from their farm and raise the six other children. But Aunt Miranda is severe and strict, and completely unready to cope with the imaginative child who has just landed on her doorstep. Can Rebecca bring light and life back to the Riverboro house?
Why It Needs a Sequel: We all need to know. Does Rebecca marry Adam Ladd or not? Wiggin did write a companion book, New Chronicles of Rebecca, but it will just leave Adam Ladd fans disappointed and possibly even more confused. As I remember, the first book hints that Rebecca gets married while the second suggests she might focus on her career instead.