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Anne of Green Gables

Author: Montgomery, Lucy

Genre: Fiction

Year: 1908



  • Anne Shirley
  • Marilla Cuthbert
  • Matthew Cuthbert
  • Diana Barry
  • Gilbert Blythe
  • Rachel Lynde
  • Stacy
  • Josie Pye
  • Jane Andrews
  • Ruby Gillis
  • Mrs. Allen 
  • Philips


Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert are unmarried siblings who live on their ancestral farm, Green Gables, in the quiet town of Avonlea in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Matthew is sixty, and since he is getting too old to handle the farm work on his own, the Cuthberts decide to adopt an orphan boy to help him. This decision shocks the town gossip, Mrs. Rachel Lynde, who does not think Matthew and Marilla fit to raise a child.


Matthew, who is terrified of women, arrives at the train station and finds a girl orphan instead of a boy; the orphanage sent the eleven-year-old Anne Shirley by mistake. Anne’s talkativeness and spirit charm Matthew, who shyly tells Marilla that he wants to keep her. Marilla hesitates at first, but after a trial period, she agrees to let Anne stay on.


As Anne grows up, she loses some of her childish flare for the melodramatic and romantic, and turns her spirited attentions to academics. A beloved teacher, Miss Stacy, recognizes Anne’s intelligence and encourages her to join a special group of students preparing for the entrance exam to Queen’s Academy. Her long-standing competition with Gilbert Blythe changes to an affectionate and familiar rivalry when, after four years of mutual silence, they both go to Queen’s Academy. Striving to make Matthew and Marilla proud, Anne devotes herself to her studies wholeheartedly and earns the prestigious Avery Scholarship, which grants her enough money to attend a four-year college the following fall.


Thrilled by her future prospects, Anne goes home to Green Gables. Matthew, who has been having heart trouble, dies of a heart attack. When Anne learns that Marilla is likely to go blind, she decides to stay at Green Gables and teach nearby so that she can care for Marilla, giving up her aspirations for a four-year degree. Gilbert hears of her decision and gives up his post as the teacher at Avonlea school so that Anne can teach there and be closer to Marilla. After five years of rivalry, Gilbert and Anne forge a close friendship. Though her future path has narrowed considerably, Anne remains eternally optimistic and thinks cheerfully about her future.


Other books by the Author:

Anne of Green Gables -1908

Anne of Avonlea -1909

Kilmeny of the Orchard -1910

The Story Girl -1911

The Golden Road -1913

Anne of the Island -1915  

Anne's House of Dreams -1917

Rainbow Valley -1919

Rilla of Ingleside -1921

Emily of New Moon -1923

Emily Climbs -1925  

The Blue Castle -1926

Emily's Quest -1927

Magic for Marigold -1929

A Tangled Web -1931

Pat of Silver Bush -1932  

Mistress Pat -1935  

Anne of Windy Poplars -1936  

Jane of Lantern Hill -1937

Anne of Ingleside -1939




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