Classic Remarks: L.M. Montgomery Recommendations Beyond Anne of Green Gables

Classic Remarks

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.

Pat of Silver Bush and Mistress Pat

I love just about every book L. M. Montgomery has written, but I have always had a special place in my heart for Pat of Silver Bush and its sequel Mistress Pat.

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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Briana

Classic Remarks: Who Is Your Favorite L. M. Montgomery Hero?

Classic Remarks

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 prompt is:

Who is your favorite L. M. Montgomery hero?

Pat of Silver Bush

While I have a soft spot in my heart for Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables (Who doesn’t, really?), my favorite L. M. Montgomery is actually Hilary (Jingle) Gordon from Pat of Silver Bush and Mistress Pat.  While Gilbert obviously matures over the course of the Anne series, he starts out fiery and as an admittedly annoying school boy.  Jingle is level-headed and kind from the start.  He’s always looking out for Pat’s best interests and is willing to wait for her to see if their friendship should be something more.  He respects her love for her home and her discomfort with change but is willing to have dreams and work to share them with her.  So while Jingle isn’t the flashiest or most passionate of Montgomery’s heros, he’s reliable, responsible, intelligent, and big-hearted. He also has an adorable dog.

Honorable mentions (after Gilbert) may go to Barney Snaith from The Blue Castle.  He’s wild and a bit snarky, so maybe not personally my type, but I love reading about him.  He’s interesting and also kind-hearted; he just hides it a lot better than many of Montgomery’s other heroes, but he doesn’t care what the gossipy people around town think. He just does what he thinks is right and pursues the kind of live he wants to live, which I think I can respect.

Dishonorable mentions to Teddy from the Emily of New Moon series, though I won’t get into spoilers.

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Briana