Anne Shirley: A talkative and energetic redheaded girl who is adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She makes quite a few mistakes, large and small, throughout the book. She is a very dramatic girl who does very crazy and sometimes rude things. She has a huge imagination, and when she doesn't like something her imagination draws a picture of this thing she doesn't like in a way that she just loves it...if that makes any sense.
““I can’t. I’m in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?”(Montgomery 34)”
“I’m just as ambitious as ever. Only, I’ve changed the object of my ambitions.” (388 Montgomery)”
“Wild horses won't drag the secret from me. How would wild horses drag a secret from a person anyhow?”
“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them. You mayn't get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them. Mrs. Lynde says, `Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.' But I think it would be worse to expect nothing than to be disappointed.”
“That's the worst of growing up, and I'm beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don't seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.”
“God in heaven, all is well in the world.”
“Well, that is one of the things to find out sometime. Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel good to be alive—it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd by no scope for imagination then would there?”
“But the worst of imagining things is that the time comes when you have to stop and that hurts.”
“Velvet carpet," sighed Anne Luxuriously, "silk curtains! I've dreamed of such things, Diana. But do you know I don't believe I feel very comfortable with them after all. There are so many things in this room and all so splendid that there is no scope for imagination. That is one consolation when you are poor—there are so many more things you can imagine about.”
“Diana said she believed she was born for city life. Miss Barry asked me what my opinion was, but I said I would have to think it over very seriously before I could tell her what I really thought. So I thought it over after I went to bed. That is the best time to think things out. And I came to the conclusion, Marilla, that I wasn't born for city life and that I was glad of it. It's nice to be eating ice-cream at brilliant restaurants at eleven o'clock at night once in a while; but as a regular thing I'd rather be in the east gable at eleven, sound asleep, but kind of knowing even in my sleep that the stars were shining outside and that the wind was blowing in the firs across the brook. I told Miss Barry so at breakfast the next morning and she laughed. Miss Barry generally laughed at anything I said, even when I said the most solemn things. I don't think I liked it, Marilla, because I wasn't trying to be funny.”
“And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?”
“It has been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make your mind firmly that you will. Of course, you must make it up FIRMLY.”
“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.”
“I am well in body although considerable rumpled up in spirit, thank you ma'am.”
“Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”
“Boiled pork and greens are so unromantic when one is in affliction.”
Anne Shirley: Main Character. Precocious orphan.
Anne Shirley: The red headed, adventurous, accident prone, eleven year old girl (at least in the start of the 1st book) who comes from an orphanage to live in Green Gables.
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