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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"Gilbert Blythe would stand on his head for me"

Last night, having spent the morning getting a small hole cut in my back - just over my shoulder blade - and then stitched up, I was taking it easy on the couch. Nathan, full of sympathy, put on 'Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story,' which had recently arrived from Netflix. I hadn't seen the most recent installment, and while I didn't hold hopes of it comparing to 'Anne of Green Gables' or 'Anne of Avonlea,' I was curious enough to want to watch it, and Nathan indulged me.

Before we started the movie, I attempted to summarize the previous two Anne films for Nathan. My summary went something like this (with all the right voices and inflection):

"Anne Shirley. Anne with an 'E'."

"You don't want me? You don't want me because I'm not a boy?"

"This is the most tragical thing that has ever happened to me!"

"She could talk the hind leg off a mule."

"What color would you call this?"
"Red. That's why I can't ever be perfectly happy."

"Mrs. Hammond told me that God made my hair red on purpose and I've never cared for Him since."

And in a broken voice: "He called me carrots!"

"Anne Shirley. What in heck are you doing here?"
"Fishing for lake trout."

"Puffed sleeves."
"The puffiest in the world."

"I'm afraid for her, Matthew. She'll be gone so long. She'll get terrible lonesome."
"You mean we'll get terrible lonesome."

"Why do people have to grow up and marry, change?"
"Oh, you'd change. If someone ever admitted that they were head over heels for you, you'd be swept off your feet in a moment."
"I would not, and I defy anyone who would try and make me change."
And with a smirk and a laugh - "You do."

And then Anne says, "He loves me?" And Marilla says, "Because you made Josie Pye and Ruby Gillis and all those wishy-washy young ladies who waltzed by him look like spineless nothings." "...Don't toss it away for some ridiculous ideal that doesn't exist."

"Anne, there's not going to be any wedding anymore... I called it off. It wouldn't have been fair to Christine. There will never be anyone for me but you."

And then - and here my voice got a bit teary - "It will be three years before I finish medical school, and even then there won't be any diamond sunbursts or marble halls..." "I don't want sunbursts or marble halls. I just want you."

After my summary of quotes, Nathan sighed with resignation and started the DVD with the ominous words, "No good can come of this!"

He watched the whole movie with me, but I'm not sure how much help either my summary or the film itself was to him, the uninitiated, since a few minutes before the end of the movie Nathan asked, "Wait, who's Gilbert?"


  1. Fishing for lake trout. Definitely one of my favorite scenes of all time. I was actually thinking about Anne of Green Gables today! *sigh* So romantic.

    What's up with your back?!

  2. Ok, so I just spent 40 minutes finding all my favorite parts on YouTube, swooning all over again! It's been so long since I've seen the films (1 and 2). And I have to say,, I used to think something like this could actually happen - two people finding each other and loving each other and being happy. But in my world-weariness (ha) and travels and experience being a grown-up (I suppose), it doesn't seem possible anymore. You're one of the lucky ones, Sarah.

  3. Anyssa, you are too cynical! Maybe you should just conclude that the problem is with the Germans and/or New Yorkers and move somewhere else. :)

    Nathan's no Gilbert Blythe or Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley, but he's a real person - which I've concluded is much better in the end. :)

  4. New Yorkers are definitely awful. But don't worry - I'd be very happy to find a real person. That seems to be the problem, actually!

  5. Can you still recite the whole movie from memory? ;)

    How did the new one shape up?

  6. Okay, but the REAL question is what did you think of "The Continuing Story"???

  7. Em - I think I remember almost all the lines from Anne of GG and Anne of Avonlea (which has apparently been re-named Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel?)... I even remember them all with the distinct inflections. :)

    Melodee, to be honest I didn't care for 'The Continuing Story' much at all!! Have you seen it, and if so, what did you think?

  8. I think Anne of Avonlea was always called "The Sequel" in Canada, where it was made...they must have just decided to go for consistency with the DVD releases.

    Yes, I've seen it...and it's three hours of my life I'll never get back. ;)