Now the couple I've been waiting to talk about -- Anne and Gilbert! They're probably the first book romance I shipped in a big way. From the moment she broke a slate over his head to the agonizing wait for Anne to open her eyes and realize he was the love of her life. I loved revisiting their relationship so much. Even though it took years for them to get their happy ending, the beautiful moment when Anne tells Gilbert how she feels was worth the wait. In a way, I understood why Anne fought it for so long. I don't think she was necessarily fighting Gilbert, but instead was fighting adulthood and a part of her just not being ready for love and marriage although she claimed to be. That resonated with me and made the moment when she was ready that much sweeter.
Overall, I am incredibly happy that I took this chance to re-read the entire series. I love these books and characters even more than I could've imagined!
Book | Anne of Green Gables. The first book will always be my favorite of the bunch.
Character | Anne Shirley, of course! There would be no series without her.
Secondary Character | Gilbert Blythe. Another obvious choice, I know! But his character and their love for one another is such an important part of the books.
Quote | “Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one's life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one's side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps [...] love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath. ”
Animal | Dog Monday. His role is Rilla of Ingleside broke my heart.
Place | the House of Dreams. I have a soft spot for this place for a lot of reasons but the main one is that this is the first home Anne and Gilbert shared as husband as wife. Anne falls in love with is and I couldn't help feeling the same way.
Anne-ism | "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" One of my favorite lines ever.
Sassy Moment | When Anne breaks a slate over Gilbert's head (who doesn't love that moment?)
Sad Moment | The passage where Matthew passes away never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
Sweet Moment | There's a scene between Anne and Diana as adults where they talk about their lifelong friendship (I'll talk more about this in Wednesday's post!)
Surprising Moment | I'm going to cheat but all the moments between Anne and her children. I barely remembered the scenes of her as a mother so they all surprised me.
Silly Moment | This is more funny than silly but the Lady of Shalott scene makes me laugh.