Friday, 21 December 2012

What I failed to learn from Marilla Cuthbert

It's no secret that L. M. Montgomery is my favourite author.  The only book of hers that I've not loved was Magic for Marigold, and that one was cute enough.

I've just finished listening to Anne of Green Gables via an iPod app.  It's even better than an ebook when knitting.  I first read this book when i was about nine or ten years old, I'd guess.  I was captivated by the characters and the story and the setting.  But, oh! How I wish I'd taken some of Marilla's strict lessons to heart!

You see, I always wished that I was just like Anne, with her dreamy, magical view of the world.  I've come to realise that I really am just like Anne.  At least eleven-year-old Anne.  Daydreams, wild imagination, tendency to forget my task, desire to put the fun stuff before the work...Yep, I'm just like Anne.  Unfortunately I still have most of Anne's lessons to learn.

What I should have learned from Marilla, but didn't:

  1. "Leave the window up and turn the bedclothes back over the foot of the bed."
  2. "After you've washed the dishes go upstairs and make your bed.
  3. "Now, Anne, I noticed last night that you threw your clothes all about the floor when you took them off. That is a very untidy habit, and I can't allow it at all. As soon as you take off any article of clothing fold it neatly and place it on the chair. I haven't any use at all for little girls who aren't neat."
  4. "When the Lord puts us in certain circumstances He doesn't mean for us to imagine them away."
  5. "Do hold your tongue"
  6. "You'll have your work to do and it'll have to be done first."
  7. "Don't sicken yourself eating all them at once now." [referring to chocolate caramels]
  8. And I'm sure many more that I haven't time to find tonight.

I suppose since tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it, I can still work on these childish faults of mine.

PS: You may have noticed that I'm writing like Anne today.  That's what happens when I immerse myself in classic literature...I can't help it!  I told someone yesterday that I pick up accents really quickly. Apparently, I am a sponge for vocabulary and writing style as well.


  1. Great advice - especially the one about airing the bed out - something I like to do regularly.

    Happy Christmas weekend, my friend.

  2. Oh, it may be time I got the book out again! It has been awhile. I'm sure she repeated "Do hold your tongue." more than a few times throughout the Anne Books.


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