The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 02

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The Doll Mag Book ClubHappy Monday! The Doll Mag Book Club has been off to a smashing start, and we’re excited to talk about the second set of chapters. For those just joining us, we are discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic, Anne of Green Gables, throughout July, August, and September, with our models Nicki and Louisa – avid readers themselves – helping us out. Being a DM book club member is easy as pie; simply answer the questions below, share your own thoughts and comments, or tell us your favorite character or event! Grab your books because today’s questions are based on chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

As always, we want to remind you that spoilers may be ahead – no peeking! :)

“‘Marilla,’ she demanded presently, ‘do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?’ ‘A – a what kind of a friend?’ ‘A bosom friend – an intimate friend, you know – a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life.'”

1. Let’s discuss the people of the story! This installment introduced and/or further developed several characters; what were your thoughts upon meeting them or learning more about them?

Nicki: Personally, I’m excited that Anne has finally found her “kindred spirit:” Diana Barry! Their meeting was brief, but one can already tell that the two girls will be good friends {and that’s without Anne’s eager promise}, as Anne’s enthusiasm is countered by Diana’s sweeter and softer nature. I also enjoyed, as I did with the first five chapters, the scenes between Matthew, Marilla, and Anne. The variety in personality makes for interesting character development.

Louisa: I definitely enjoyed reading Anne’s interactions with the characters in these past few chapters – Mrs. Lynde, Marilla, Matthew… each conversation helped reveal another aspect of their character. And, of course, who could forget about Anne’s new best bud Diana? I’m looking forward to reading all about those two and their adventures! :)

“‘Oh, Miss Cuthbert, did you really say that perhaps you would let me stay at Green Gables?’ she said, in a breathless whisper, as if speaking aloud might shatter the glorious possibility. ‘Did you really say it? Or did I only imagine that you did?'”

2. This set also confirmed Anne’s place at Green Gables. Why do you think that Marilla decided to keep Anne? On a similar note, why do you think Anne is so positive, despite the hardships of her life?

Nicki: As much as Marilla argued or attempted to show otherwise, I don’t think she had the heart to send Anne away. As it was written, “Marilla felt a qualm of conscience at the thought of handing Anne over to [Mrs. Peter’s] tender mercies” (63). Furthermore, I believe Matthew has just as much influence on Marilla as she does on him, so his wishes to keep Anne likely played into her decision. I’m unsure at how Anne remains positive, but her genuine good attitude sure rubs off on this reader! :)

Louisa: As the book says in chapter seven, Marilla has “the glimmerings of a sense of humor” – I think she knows deep down that Anne is just the person to bring a bit of wonder and imagination to Green Gables. Speaking of imagination, I also think that’s something that helps Anne stay so positive. She knows that even in the worst of times, she always has a magical place to escape to: her daydreams.

“‘Oh, I am grateful,’ protested Anne. ‘But I’d be ever so much gratefuller if – if you’d made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves.'”

3. Marilla paints a very different portrait of Anne than Matthew does. Do you agree with Marilla that Anne can be too stubborn and vain for her own good?

Nicki: I think Marilla and Anne are both justified in what they think; Anne can be, at times, vain and stubborn, but Marilla also isn’t used to having a young girl around Green Gables. Nevertheless, one of my favorite quotes thus far {I’ve shared it above!} is Anne’s wishes for puffed sleeves – the scene demonstrates Anne’s vanity and Marilla’s frugality.

Louisa: I agree with Nicki; Anne can be a bit vain at times, but her love of puffed sleeves and fancy dresses is quite fun to read about! Regarding her stubbornness, I think that it can sometimes fuel her temper – like when she refused to apologize to Rachel Lynde (at first) – but as we saw later in the reading, she does the right thing in the end.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

The next book club discussion will take place on August 9th, and we will be talking about the following few chapters: 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, or from the chapter Anne’s Confession through Anne to the Rescue. We hope you will join in on the fun!

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2 thoughts on “The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 02

  1. It has been so long since I read this book…I may be headed for a re-read after your discussions. Your insights and observations are very interesting.

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