Classic Remarks is a meme 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. We look forward to seeing your responses!
Tell us about your favorite L. M. Montgomery work, aside from any of the Anne of Green Gables books.
Anne Shirley is famously imaginative and garrulous. Emily Star (from the Emily of New Moon series) has a reputation for being a bit odd; she has “flashes” and borders on interacting with the supernatural. Pat Gardiner, in comparison, is one of Montgomery’s more “average” heroines–and I love it. She’s quiet and fond of her home and her cats and somewhat adverse to change. In short, she sounds like someone I might actually know. And someone whom I would like if I did.
Montgomery can’t help but add some of her romantic touches, however. Housekeeper Judy is Irish and firmly believes in fairies and the wee folk, and she’ll probably make you believe a little bit, too. And then there’s the romance. I talked about why Jingle is one of my favorite Montgomery heroes in a previous Classic Remarks, so I won’t rehash it at length. However, he’s friendly and earnest and kind and all the great things a strong love interest should be. And he has an adorable dog.
Pat is sometimes overlooked because she’s quieter than Anne, but she is definitely worth knowing.
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