The Quotable Anne: A Touch of Fairyland

Welcome to the fourth post in “The Quotable Anne” series, which will also be the final post. When I first finished reading The Anne of Green Gables series early this autumn, I was in a reading hole. It’s always like that after I’ve invested a lot of time in a certain story line. But I have since finished five other books. I have moved on, and so my blog must move on. There are a few other themes and wonderful ideas that I would have liked to mention if there was time, but those will have to wait. I will, however, leave off with one more prominent theme from the series: the balance between seriousness and silliness (or imagination).

“Don’t let’s ever grow too old and wise…no, not too old and silly for fairyland” (Montgomery 1992c, 77).

One of the best qualities about the title character in the Anne series is that her soul never grows old. While she ages several years throughout the series, she does not use her age as an excuse to give up on imagination. In fact, she sees great worth in keeping just a touch of silliness in life. She’s always saying things like, “There’s really no fun in being sensible all the time” (Montgomery 1992b, 5).

“Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old” (Montgomery 1992c, 89).

This quote remind me of C.S. Lewis’ dedication in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again” (Lewis 2001, 110).

We all reach an age (though I’m not sure if I’ve gotten there), when children’s stories are “just for kids.” But I think that stories hold value for adults, as well. If this series of posts hasn’t shown me anything else, it has definitely revealed that stories hold truths within them. At least for me, the truths told through stories stick with me longer because they are ingrained in my imagination.

Developing the imagination also helps us deal with situations in reality that might otherwise seem too harsh. I talk about this more in one of my past posts, which focuses on a quote from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but also refers back to Anne of Green Gables.

“The world always will have fairies. It can’t get along without them. And somebody has to supply them” (Montgomery 1992c, 124).

One of my dreams is to be a great supplier of not necessarily fairies, but of the magic–the imagination–that lies behind them. While I enjoy my full-time librarian job pretty well at the moment, I have begun to realize more and more that I want to do something that will make people smile–something that will bring a little magic into people’s lives. I think that’s why I’ve always wanted to write children’s stories. Children’s stories have always lightened my mind and made me smile. If possible, I would like to do the same for others. While this may never end up being a full time gig, it’s something to start with. But, oh, if only I would find the time…

“What is the use of being an independent old maid if you can’t be silly when you want to, and when it doesn’t hurt anybody?” (Montgomery 1992a, 192).

I had to share this one because I wish I could live by it a little more. To people who aren’t around me much, I may seem extra serious. People have actually told me that I seem to be thinking really deep thoughts, when I’m actually just daydreaming. Now, seriousness is no crime and is actually necessary at times, but not at the expense of fairyland!

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This is the fourth and final post in a series discussing different quotes and themes from the Anne of Green Gable series by L.M. Montgomery. Find the other posts here! Also, see more quotes and such by following me on Instagram @beautyandthemessblog!

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References

Lewis, C.S. 2001. The Chronicles of Narnia. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers.

Montgomery, L.M. 1992a. Anne of Avonlea. New York: Bantam Books.

——. 1992b. Anne of Ingleside. New York: Bantam Books.

——. 1992c. Anne of Windy Poplars. New York: Bantam Books.

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