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Initially compel- ling, these readings ultimately fail to do justice to the extraordinary extent to which the Anne series dramatizes the effort its female characters must make to conform their unruly desires to the dictates of heterosexual romance, to close the gap between what they want and what they are supposed to want. At the same time, she indicates that these lengthy delays make room for passionate relationships between women that prove far more romantic than traditional marriages.
James A. More often, however, Montgomery focuses on how pride overrules love; the two other temporally-challenged couples in Anne of Avonlea part ways after bitter quarrels after which no one wants to be the first to make up. Yet these disagreements are invariably depicted as essentially petty; twenty-five years after the fact, Lavendar Lewis cannot even remember the cause of the argument that broke up her engagement to Stephen Irving.
Nor does Montgomery mention the grounds of the quarrel that divides Ellen West from Norman Douglas for twenty years before they reconcile themselves to marriage in the seventh book of the series, Rainbow Valley As for Emily Harrison, she leaves her husband because he has untidy habits, an embarrassingly profane parrot, and poor grammar skills; while Nancy Rogerson in Chronicles of Avonlea follows suit by splitting with Peter Wright over his bad syntax.
A famously stubborn man, Marshall vows never to groom himself until his political party comes back into power, and Miss Cornelia declines to become his bride until he cleans himself up.
But do you suppose I was going to walk into church beside a perambulating haystack like that? The Pleasures of Postponement in the Anne of Green Gables Series 49 Can the power of love be so great when such trifles can successfully stand in the way for so long?
By postponing romantic engagements until the last few pages of her narratives or deferring their depiction to a subsequent installment, Montgomery presents an immense number of confirmed spinsters for whom marriage itself serves as an unconvincing sequel to a long, happy life lived alone or in the company of other women.
Yet Montgomery immediately emphasizes that this unique character revises rather than conforms to this stereotype. Cornelia could have had her pick when she was young. As this description suggests, one way the Anne series dramatizes the pleasures of single life is by rewriting and even eroticizing the figure of the old maid.
Beneath it was an almost girlish face, pink-cheeked and sweet lipped, with big soft brown eyes and dimples. She wore a very dainty gown of cream muslin with pale-hued roses on it.
If they had come hand in hand all the way through life, with no memories behind them but those which belonged to each other? In Anne of Avonlea, Montgomery provides readers with the ceremony they desire but substitutes a markedly more mature heroine in place of her ambitious Anne. Furthermore, since the married life of Miss Lavendar and Stephen Irving only begins after the narrative ends, their union remains ostensible rather than fully realized; as in the case of the unconvincing combination of Marshall Elliott and Miss Cornelia, this marriage fails to transform the man into a character or the woman into a wife.
These two contented old maids rent out their residence while they travel the globe, enjoying the pleasures of companionship, freedom, and economic independence, and their cozy house offers Anne and her college chums Priscilla, Stella, and Philippa the same privileges. The Pleasures of Postponement in the Anne of Green Gables Series 53 Anne of Windy Poplars likewise depicts the pleasures, as well as the pitfalls, of all-female domestic establishments.
During this pleasant delay, Anne serves as principal of the Summerside high school and boards with two charming widows, Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty, and their inimitable housekeeper Rebecca Dew Windy Poplars 5.
This welcoming residence is one of many all-female households in Summerside. Numerous critics have noticed how insistently Montgomery stresses the importance of female community in her novels.
Of course, Mont- gomery also offers negative examples of spinsters and widows, women who have grown anxious, pessimistic, or embittered.
She had pink cheeks and snow-white hair which she wore in quaint little puffs over her ears. There were rosy bleeding-hearts and great splendid crimson peonies; white fragrant narcissi and thorny, sweet Scotch roses. I heard before that you were queer. In keeping with romantic tradi- tion, Mrs.
Diana, wilt thou give me a lock of thy jet-black tresses in parting to treasure forever more? For example, when Anne attempts to write a story of her own along the same lines, Montgomery emphasizes that her gruff critic Mr. Although Diana occasionally disappoints her fanciful friend by responding to various situations with more common sense than imagina- tion, Anne constantly avers that they have loyally and lovingly kept their early vow. I thought you were desperately ill with smallpox and everybody deserted you, but I went boldly to your bedside and nursed you back to life; and then I took the The Pleasures of Postponement in the Anne of Green Gables Series 57 smallpox and died and I was buried under those poplar-trees in the graveyard and you planted a rose-bush by my grave and watered it with your tears; and you never, never forgot the friend of your youth who sacrificed her life for you.
Anne does not fall ill herself after this incident, but her heroism leads to the fulfillment of a happier hope: Mrs.
Barry relents and allows the girls to resume intimate relations. Growing up seems particularly grim to Anne at this moment because her romantic fantasies about men have been shattered one by one. In the course of this particular sequel, Anne of the Island, our heroine suffers through a series of disillusionments in regard to the opposite sex, as various inappropriate men rudely desecrate her sentimental notions about the nature of love and marriage.
Anne is about to start her first term teaching at the Avonlea school, although she will still continue her studies at home with Gilbert, who is teaching at the nearby White Sands School. The book soon introduces Anne's new and problematic neighbor, Mr. Harrison, and his foul-mouthed parrot, as well as the twins, Davy and Dora.
They are the children of Marilla's third cousin and she takes them in when their mother dies while their uncle is out of the country. Dora is a nice, well-behaved girl, somewhat boring in her perfect behaviour.
Davy is Dora's exact opposite, much more of a handful and constantly getting into many scrapes. They are initially meant to stay only a short time, but the twins' uncle postpones his return to collect the twins and then eventually dies.
Both Anne and Marilla are relieved Marilla inwardly, of course to know the twins will remain with them.