Friday, February 11, 2011

Romantic Passages from Favorite Reads Part III

I had a difficult time selecting just a single passage for my next pick. In the end I settled for two quotes from two books within the Anne series. I believe these establish not only the romance between Gilbert and Anne as a young couple, but how alive their love was after several children and 15 years of marriage. I hope you enjoy!

The Book: Anne's House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery, Chpt. 4
The Setting: 1890, Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Canada
The Scene: Gilbert's and Anne's Wedding
"But it was a happy and beautiful bride who came down the old, homespun-carpeted stairs that September noon--the first bride of Green Gables, slender and shining-eyed, in the mist of her maiden veil, with her arms full of roses. Gilbert, waiting for her in the hall below, looked up at her with adoring eyes. She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting. It was to him she was coming in the sweet surrender of the bride. Was he worth of her? Could he make her as happy as he hoped? If he failed her--if he could not measure up to her standard of manhood-then, as she held out her hand, their eyes met and all doubt was swept away in a glad certainty. They belonged to each other; and, no matter what life might hold for them, it could never alter that. their happiness was in each other's keeping and both were unafraid."
The Book: Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery, Chpt. 41
The Setting: 1905, Ingleside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
The Scene: Gilbert and Anne's 15th wedding anniversary
"Anne felt like a released bird... she was flying again. Gilbert's arms were around her.. his eyes were looking into hers in the moonlight. 'You do love me, Gilbert? I'm not just a habit with you? You haven't said you loved me for so long.'

'My dear, dear love! I didn't think you needed words to know that. I couldn't live without you. Always you give me strength. There's a verse somewhere in the Bible that is meant for you... "She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."'

Life which had seemed so grey and foolish a few moments before was golden and rose and splendidly rainbowed again. The diamond pendant slipped to the floor, unheeded for the moment. It was beautiful... but there were so many things lovelier... confidence and peace and delightful work... laughter and kindness... that old safe feeling of a sure love."

Another romantic passage is Gilbert's proposal to Anne: Anne of the Island, Chapter 41.

Anne of the Island
Anne's House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside

Anne of Green Gables Timeline


Carrie said...

=D Yay! Anne and Gilbert make your list! ;) (They would have been my pick as well. Surprise, surprise.)

Brittanie said...

Love the quotes. This is one of my all time favorite series.