Anne of the Islandby Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne leaves Green Gables, and her work as a teacher in Avonlea, to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in "Anne of Green Gables"), to take further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane are there as well, as are Anne's friends from Queens's College, Priscilla Grant and Stella Maynard. During her first week of school,… See more details below
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Anne leaves Green Gables, and her work as a teacher in Avonlea, to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in "Anne of Green Gables"), to take further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane are there as well, as are Anne's friends from Queens's College, Priscilla Grant and Stella Maynard. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful and lighthearted girl from Anne's birthplace, which is Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia.
The girls decide to set up house in a lovely cottage called Patty's Place, near campus, and center their lives around school, parties, and friends. The girls enter their second year at Redmond happily ensconced at Patty's Place, while life continues in Avonlea. Diana Barry is engaged to Fred Wright and Davy and Dora continue to keep Marilla busy. Gilbert, who has always loved Anne, proposes to her but is rejected ultimately because Anne is so wrapped up in her sentimental fantasies that she isn't capable of recognizing real love. Gilbert leaves, embarrassed and disappointed, and Anne and Gilbert drift apart.
Anne's childhood friend Ruby Gillis dies of consumption, very soon after finding her true love. Anne later welcomes the courtship of Roy Gardner, a darkly handsome Redmond student who showers her with attention and affection. After two years of courtship, Anne eventually comes to the conclusion that, despite his embodiment of her romantic image of love, the two never connected emotionally. She turns down his proposal.
Anne returns to Avonlea, a "full fledged B.A." but finds that she is a bit lonely. Her childhood friend, Jane Andrews, marries a Winnipeg millionaire, Mr. Inglis, and Diana gives birth to her first child: Fred Wright Jr. Anne gets word that Gilbert is gravely ill with typhoid fever. Deeply shaken at the prospect of losing him, she finally realizes the depth of her true feelings for him and prays all night for his recovery and a second chance at love. Gilbert recovers and after several visits to Green Gables, proposes once more on a late summer walk in the garden. Anne happily accepts and the couple share their first kiss.
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