"'Mrs. Spencer said that my tongue must be hung in the middle. But it isn't – it's firmly fastened at one end.'" -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
"'It's about Diana,' sobbed Anne luxuriously. 'I love Diana so, Marilla. I cannot ever live without her. But I know very well when we grow up that Diana will get married and go away and leave me. And oh, what shall I do? I hate her husband – I just hate him furiously. I've been imagining it all out – the wedding and everything – Diana dressed in snowy white garments, and a veil, and looking as beautiful and regal as a queen; and me the bridesmaid, with a lovely dress, too, and puffed sleeves, but with a breaking heart hid beneath my smiling face. And then bidding Diana good-bye-e-e–' Here Anne broke down entirely and wept with increasing bitterness.
Marilla turned quickly away to hide her twitching face, but it was no use; she collapsed on the nearest chair and burst into such a hearty and unusual peal of laughter…" -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
"'Oh, we're very careful, Marilla. And it's so interesting. Two flashes means, "Are you there?" Three means "yes" and four "no." Five means, "Come over as soon as possible, because I have something important to reveal." Diana has just signalled five flashes, and I'm really suffering to know what it is.'" -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
"'Anne, are you killed?' shrieked Diana, throwing herself on her knees beside her friend. 'Oh, Anne, dear Anne, speak just one word to me and tell me if you're killed.'" -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
"'Don't be very frightened, Marilla. I was walking the ridgepole and I fell off. I expect I have sprained my ankle. But, Marilla, I might have broken my neck. Let us look on the bright side of things.'" -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
After a series of rather macabre posts I thought I would follow up with something that is entirely funny and cheerful. Just for a change of mood. I do not guarantee that this change will be in any way permanent. In fact, it probably won't be. I just figured that reading this blog shouldn't always be a depressing experience. Hence the (temporary) shift in tone. You, dear reader (it is nice to suppose that someone does take time to read these little missives) have probably noted that there is no poem or bit of prose accompanying the quotations (which are all from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - as the observant probably already noticed). This is because I really don't write funny poetry. Maybe I write unintentionally funny poetry sometimes, but that's not really worth lauding. So just enjoy the quotations. I hope they inspire you to reread the Anne books. I am going to insist on "reread" because I don't like to think that anyone hasn't read them. I acknowledge this is incredibly flawed thinking on my part, but one of my personal castles in the air is that everyone in the world has read and appreciates those books like I do. So I'm going to stay loyal to this little happy thought.
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