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Anne's House of Dreams

Press:Quiet Vision Pub Quiet Vision Pub (November 2000)
Author Name:Montgomery, L. M.


Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), called "Maud" by family and friends and publicly known as L.M. 
Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.
Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success.
The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following.The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character.
Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 500 short stories and poems.
Because many of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, Canada and the Canadian province became literary landmarks.
She was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.


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From the Inside Flap

Anne's own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. 
Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor.
A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises.
Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart -- and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light.
The original, unabridged text A specially commissioned biography of L.
Montgomery A map of Prince Edward Island

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About the Author

Montgomery was born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, in 1874.
A prolific writer, she published many short stories, poems and novels but she is best known for Anne of Green Gables and its sequels, inspired by the years she spent on the beautiful Prince Edward Island.
Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried in Cavendish on her beloved island.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Anne’s House of Dreams   IN THE GARRET OF GREEN GABLES Thanks be, I’m done with geometry, learning or teaching it,” said Anne Shirley, a trifle vindictively, as she thumped a somewhat battered volume of Euclid into a big chest of books, banged the lid in triumph, and sat down upon it, looking at Diana Wright across the Green Gables garret, with gray eyes that were like a morning sky. 
The garret was a shadowy, suggestive, delightful place, as all garrets should be.
Through the open window, by which Anne sat, blew the sweet, scented, sun-warm air of the August afternoon; outside, poplar boughs rustled and tossed in the wind; beyond them were the woods, where Lovers’ Lane wound its enchanted path, and the old apple orchard which still bore its rosy harvests munificently.
And, over all, was a great mountain range of snowy clouds in the blue southern sky.
Through the other window was glimpsed a distant, white-capped, blue sea—the beautiful St.
Lawrence Gulf, on which floats, like a jewel, Abegweit, whose softer, sweeter Indian name has long been forsaken for the more prosaic one of Prince Edward Island.
Diana Wright, three years older than when we last saw her, had grown somewhat matronly in the intervening time.
But her eyes were as black and brilliant, her cheeks as rosy, and her dimples as enchanting, as in the long-ago days when she and Anne Shirley had vowed eternal friendship in the garden at Orchard Slope.
In her arms she held a small, sleeping, black-curled creature, who for two happy years had been known to the world of Avonlea as “Small Anne Cordelia.” Avonlea folks knew why Diana had called her Anne, of course, but Avonlea folks were puzzled by the Cordelia.
There had never been a Cordelia in the Wright or Barry connections.
Harmon Andrews said she supposed Diana had found the name in some trashy novel, and wondered that Fred hadn’t more sense than to allow it.
But Diana and Anne smiled at each other.
They knew how Small Anne Cordelia had come by her name.
“You always hated geometry,” said Diana with a retrospective smile.
“I should think you’d be real glad to be through with teaching, anyhow.” “Oh, I’ve always liked teaching, apart from geometry.
These past three years in Summerside have been very pleasant ones.
Harmon Andrews told me when I came home that I wouldn’t likely find married life as much better than teaching as I expected.
Evidently Mrs.
Harmon is of Hamlet’s opinion that it may be better to bear the ills that we have than fly to others that we know not of.” Anne’s laugh, as blithe and irresistible as of yore, with an added note of sweetness and maturity, rang through the garret.
Marilla in the kitchen below, compounding blue plum preserve, heard it and smiled; then sighed to think how seldom that dear laugh would echo through Green Gables in the years to come.
Nothing in her life had ever given Marilla so much happiness as the knowledge that Anne was going to marry Gilbert Blythe; but every joy must bring with it its little shadow of sorrow.
During the three Summerside years Anne had been home often for vacations and weekends; but, after this, a bi-annual visit would be as much as could be hoped for.
“You needn’t let what Mrs.
Harmon says worry you,” said Diana, with the calm assurance of the four-years matron.
“Married life has its ups and downs, of course.
You mustn’t expect that everything will always go smoothly.
But I can assure you, Anne, that it’s a happy life, when you’re married to the right man.” Anne smothered a smile.
Diana’s airs of vast experience always amused her a little.
“I daresay I’ll be putting them on too, when I’ve been married four years,” she thought.
“Surely my sense of humor will preserve me from it, though.” “Is it settled yet where you are going to live?” asked Diana, cuddling Small Anne Cordelia with the inimitable gesture of motherhood which always sent through Anne’s heart, filled with sweet, unuttered dreams and hopes, a thrill that was half pure pleasure and half a strange, ethereal pain.
That was what I wanted to tell you when I ’phoned to you to come down today.
By the way, I can’t realize that we really have telephones in Avonlea now.
It sounds so preposterously up-to-date and modernish for this darling, leisurely old place.” “We can thank the A.V.I.S.
for them,” said Diana.
“We should never have got the line if they hadn’t taken the matter up and carried it through.
There was enough cold water thrown to discourage any society.
But they stuck to it, nevertheless.
You did a splendid thing for Avonlea when you founded that society, Anne.
What fun we did have at our meetings! Will you ever forget the blue hall and Judson Parker’s scheme for painting medicine advertisements on his fence?” “I don’t know that I’m wholly grateful to the A.V.I.S.
in the matter of the telephone,” said Anne.
“Oh, I know it’s most convenient—even more so than our old device of signaling to each other by flashes of candlelight! And, as Mrs.
Rachel says, ‘Avonlea must keep up with the procession, that’s what.’ But somehow I feel as if I didn’t want Avonlea spoiled by what Mr.
Harrison, when he wants to be witty, calls ‘modern inconveniences.’ I should like to have it kept always just as it was in the dear old years.
That’s foolish—and sentimental—and impossible.
So I shall immediately become wise and practical and possible.
The telephone, as Mr.
Harrison concedes, is ‘a buster of a good thing’—even if you do know that probably half a dozen interested people are listening along the line.” “That’s the worst of it,” sighed Diana.
“It’s so annoying to hear the receivers going down whenever you ring anyone up.
They say Mrs.
Harmon Andrews insisted that their ’phone should be put in their kitchen just so that she could listen whenever it rang and keep an eye on the dinner at the same time.
Today, when you called me, I distinctly heard that queer clock of the Pyes’ striking.
So no doubt Josie or Gertie was listening.” “Oh, so that is why you said, ‘You’ve got a new clock at Green Gables, haven’t you?’ I couldn’t imagine what you meant.
I heard a vicious click as soon as you had spoken.
I suppose it was the Pye receiver being hung up with profane energy.
Well, never mind the Pyes.
As Mrs.
Rachel says, ‘Pyes they always were and Pyes they always will be, world without end, amen.’ I want to talk of pleasanter things.
It’s all settled as to where my new home shall be.” “Oh, Anne, where? I do hope it’s near here.” “No-o-o, that’s the drawback.
Gilbert is going to settle at Four Winds Harbour—sixty miles from here.” “Sixty! It might as well be six hundred,” sighed Diana.
“I never can get further from home now than Charlottetown.” “You’ll have to come to Four Winds.
It’s the most beautiful harbor on the Island.
There’s a little village called Glen St.
Mary at its head, and Dr.
David Blythe has been practicing there for fifty years.
He is Gilbert’s great-uncle, you know.
He is going to retire, and Gilbert is to take over his practice.
Blythe is going to keep his house, though, so we shall have to find a habitation for ourselves.
I don’t know yet what it is, or where it will be in reality, but I have a little house o’dreams all furnished in my imagination—a tiny, delightful castle in Spain.” “Where are you going for your wedding tour?” asked Diana.
Don’t look horrified, Diana dearest.
You suggest Mrs.
Harmon Andrews.
She, no doubt, will remark condescendingly that people who can’t afford wedding ‘towers’ are real sensible not to take them; and then she’ll remind me that Jane went to Europe for hers.
I want to spend my honeymoon at Four Winds in my own dear house of dreams.” “And you’ve decided not to have any bridesmaid?” “There isn’t any one to have.
You and Phil and Priscilla and Jane all stole a march on me in the matter of marriage; and Stella is teaching in Vancouver.
I have no other ‘kindred soul’ and I won’t have a bridesmaid who isn’t.” “But you are going to wear a veil, aren’t you?” asked Diana, anxiously.
“Yes, indeedy.
I shouldn’t feel like a bride without one.
I remember telling Matthew, that evening when he brought me to Green Gables, that I never expected to be a bride because I was so homely no one would ever want to marry me—unless some foreign missionary did.
I had an idea then that foreign missionaries couldn’t afford to be finicky in the matter of looks if they wanted a girl to risk her life among cannibals.
You should have seen the foreign missionary Priscilla married.
He was as handsome and inscrutable as those day-dreams we once planned to marry ourselves, Diana; he was the best dressed man I ever met, and he raved over Priscilla’s ‘ethereal, golden beauty.’ But of course there are no cannibals in Japan.” “Your wedding dress is a dream, anyhow,” sighed Diana rapturously.
“You’ll look like a perfect queen in it—you’re so tall and slender.
How do you keep so slim, Anne? I’m fatter than ever—I’ll soon have no waist at all.” “Stoutness and slimness seem to be matters of predestination,” said Anne.
“At all events, Mrs.
Harmon Andrews can’t say to you what she said to me when I came home from Summerside, ‘Well, Anne, you’re just about as skinny as ever.’ It sounds quite romantic to be ‘slender,’ but ‘skinny’ has a very different tang.” “Mrs.
Harmon has been talking about your trousseau.
She admits it’s as nice as Jane’s, although she says Jane married a millionaire and you are only marrying a ‘poor young doctor without a cent to his name.’ ” Anne laughed.
“My dresses are nice.
I love pretty things.
I remember the first pretty dress I ever had—the brown gloria Matthew gave me for our school concert.
Before that everything I had was so ugly.
It seemed to me that I stepped into a new world that night.” “That was the night Gilbert recited ‘Bingen on the Rhine,’ and looked at you when he said, ‘There’s another, not a sister.’ And you were so furious because he put your pink tissue rose in his breast pocket! You didn’t much imagine then that you would ever marry him.” “Oh, well, that’s another instance of predestination,” laughed Anne, as they went down the garret stairs.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  •     I have been meaning to read this for awhile. A little hard to read at first but quickly got use to the style. Glad I read it.

  •     This HG Wells book is quite fascinating to read, partly because it is written so badly. Needless to say, the "science" in this science fiction is laughably wrong.

  •     The book is great. The audio has a button covering the button to play the last part of the book. Can't get to the last part of the book on audio. How ever the reader was fantastic.

  •     This book was a great read. It reminded me of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein...a bit disturbing but descriptive and imaginative. I recommend it.

  •     This book is kind of creepy but I enjoyed it quite a bit!

  •     This whole series is absolutely fabulous! Beginning with book one, "Anne of Green Gables". When I have finished reading one book and move on to the next in the series I...

  •     This is HG Wells' exploration of the evil that lies within man and is very similar to Conrad's Heart of Darkness theme-wise.I knew the story (probably from a movie), but never read the book. This was a good book and surprisingly short. It was fast-paced and moved well. Since I've read little of Wells, I was surprised at his art in pacing, plot, and action. It really is fun to read!The story does not get bogged down in gloom or technical jargon. Overall, I recommend it for anyone who likes sci fi or fantasy.If you've seen the movies with the Jaguar Lady, be warned that this is a Hollywood add-on as her character does not exist in the book.

  •     Awesome Thanks!

  •     Interesting story concept.

  •     When rescued shipwreck victim Edward Prendick falls foul of the ship's captain, he finds himself forcibly put ashore with the other passenger and his menagerie of animals.

  •     To be expected considering the author - this is a relatively quick read which develops a time/place/situation of both interest and dread.

  •     A quick read, this classic deserves a second chance for those who loved and hated it alike! Lots of intriguing questions are proposed by the true master of science fiction. The writing is amazing, the story intriguing and complex, a quick and entertaining read, as well as deep. Those who liked or disliked the film versions would be well-served to re-read the book to remember how great it is!

  •     Anne has managed to capture the hearts of millions over the years. I find myself going back and reading the Anne series over and over again. Anne's house of dreams is no exception to the wonderful series that keeps following Anne and her new husband Gilbert 60 miles from Green Gables and to their new house of dreams in Four Winds.This is the book we waited for-when Anne and Gilbert finally marry and have a beautiful wedding day. We want to see them in wedded bliss and discover their new home. It does not disappoint! Wonderful and charming-like Anne herself, this book is a favorite in the series for me.

  •     Wells was a frontrunner along with Verne in the genre of Sci Fi . I always enjoy reading from those authors that were so far ahead of their time.I also get a kick out of trying to picture what his audience at that time thought of him.I think the reader will also see how much creepier the original text was compared to what any movie can present.Any fan of Sci Fi should add this book to their reading list.The price is right so there should be no excuse for not having this book. Enjoy!

  •     I have a whole review of this book in my Blogger and Wordpress blog:"Inkish Kingdoms"Reading these kind of books give me a feeling of accomplishment in life… not only because I read another book, another classic, but because it is just so deep and gives such a good image of the fears of the late Victorians. Wells does an amazing job alluding all these fears and problems of the Victorian, and the philosophical statements questioning society makes the reader wonder: are we the animals?The point of humans trying to play the god role and mad scientists have been a present topic on Gothic literature for decades. However, this book crosses almost the Dark Romanticism sphere with the constant implications on how humans have become unattached to nature and the fact that nature always overtakes what humans “destroy,” and those facts are marvelously shown in this novel. Darwin’s theories of evolution open the door to think that humans can deevolute or can go back to the most savage and beastly stage of life.Remember to check the full review on Goodreads, Wordpress, or Blogger! Google me "Inkish Kingdoms"

  •     Wells wrote things that were difficult to have imagined during his life timeI see why this book is on the 1001 books to read list.

  •     Not a great book, but not bad. Dr. Moreau was so much like Dr. Frankenstein in the fact that they were both irresponsible with their creations. They created these creatures and then left them to fend for themselves. Prendick (first person) stranded on the island alone with the beast-people for close to a year was finally rescued and even years after returning to civilization still saw animals in the people around him. The tramatic experiences on the island would stay with him forever.

  •     Interesting read. A bit hard to get into as it is older and written a bit different then today's books, but it is good.


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