Now that Chapters 1-10 are under our belts the discussion begins!
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How are you liking the book so far? What has been your favorite part in these first ten chapters?
I have read all of the LM Montgomery books, and I’ve read the Anne books several times, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy it again. It sure didn’t take long to get back in the groove. I love the ease of it. It touches on some serious issues, abandonment, loneliness, child abuse, but Anne’s spunk and the feeling that you just know she’s going to make out ok helps a lot. Favorite part so far? The conversation between Anne and Matthew in the buggy going home. It sets her character up so beautifully!
What do you think of Anne’s knack for naming things? What is your favorite name in the book so far?
She’s just so smart isn’t she. She has so much scope to her imagination. 😉 I think I’ve always like the White Way of Delight. It’s both incredibly desciptive and way over the top.
Whose parenting style do you think makes more sense, Marilla’s or Matthew’s?
They work best together. No one is a perfect parent, but Anne is fortunate because their styles combine to be just what she needs.
In Chapter 9, was Mrs. Lynde or Anne in the wrong?
As the saying goes, two wrongs don’t make a right. Mrs. Lynde is a busybody and she didn’t need to say such awful things. She uses her reputation as a woman who “speaks her mind” as an excuse to be hateful to other people. But down in her heart she isn’t a malicious person. Maybe because I’m a mom, but I would have come down hard on Anne after the way she behaved. It wasn’t unwarranted, but she does need to learn how to be respectful and control her temper. Being a mom, I also know that those are lessons that are learned over a long time and with patient help from parents. I think Marilla did a bang up job dealing with the problem, and we got to see a little more that Marilla is also a kindred spirit at heart, she just doesn’t know it yet.
If you met Anne, what would you think of her? Would you be kindred spirits?
I wish! I wonder if I’d be too mundane for Anne. But I’d love getting into all kinds of trouble with her!