As I had mentioned in my post last month about the Green Gables Readalong, this is my first time reading any of the L.M. Montgomery books and I was completely captivated by Anne Shirley and her companions. February brought along the reading of the second book, Anne of Avonlea, where I felt it at times a bit harder to stay focused on. (Once again, I’d say spoiler warning but it’s been over 100 years since these have been out……)
- Wait, she’s a teacher now?? | I guess this may have been more common back in the day the book was written and set in but it threw me for a loop when I went from Anne being a young new resident of Green Gables to now teaching the little ones when she’s, what, only 16 or 17? And all her schoolmates are off teaching all over the place? And THEN they might go off to college after? What?! Such different times…
- Old Maids | This one line when we’re first introduced to Miss Lavendar made me laugh.
Forty-five years old, quite gray and such an old maid. And oh what an old maid she apparently is, as that’s what she’s referred to quite often. Though that being said, in those times, many people do get married much younger (like Diana getting engaged already) so I guess in relative comparison, 45 is “old maid”ish… but I do resent that comment! 😉
- Dated vocabulary | There seemed to be a lot more use of vocabulary that I wasn’t overly familiar with, or the context in which it is used. I thought it odd how often the term “queer” was used for all sorts of feelings whether it be excitement, giddy, weird. Especially the parts leading up to the wedding.. there was a whole lot of “queer” feelings going around between all the characters!
- Ginger’s fate | I couldn’t help but laugh and add this in here… I do wonder/hope this was a misprint and it should read “gray” because even if it was used in the context of being happy, I don’t think Ginger’s state would be cause for much happiness.
- So much relationship drama! | It’s hard to imagine this was written over 100 years ago, and for children, when there are so many subjects and situations that get addressed. Orphans & adoption, death of a parent/spouse/pet, re-marrying… I wonder if it was a bit ahead of its time in a way.
- Gilbert + Anne potential | Oh, FINALLY. I love that she didn’t see it for so long and it’s adorable how they’ve grown together.
So many books I read now take place within days or years but how quickly time passes in this series is throwing me off! Okay, so where are we now heading into the third book? Anne is possibly noticing Gilbert more now. She’s already quit being a school teacher and now off to college. How does her story fill an 8-book series!? So excited to find out. 🙂