Marilla's real feelings for Anne finally, finally, start to show! The paragraph that splits between pages 238-239 is one of my favorites. Why is it that so often we don't show our love to those who really mean the most to us? I've read a lot about the "Love Languages" in the past, and Turner and I talk about it every now and then. It is true, in my mind, that we each speak, or express, our love differently, and we each receive, or understand, love differently. So to my eye, Marilla shows her love for Anne by being protective and cautious; by trying to teach her and make sure that she grows to be the best she can be. The most important thing Marilla does to show her love, is listening. I think that quality time and conversation are Marilla's and Matthew's love languages. And the same probably is true for Anne. They're just on different ends of the spectrum.
In the last paragraph here, Anne says,
"Oh it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them -- that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition, you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting."
This is one of the things I just adore about Anne Shirley. She is always "anxiously engaged in a good cause and [doing] many things of [her] own free will," (Doctrine & Covenants 58:27). If everyone had the kind of ambition that she has, the world would be a much better place. There would be less crime, because people would want to improve themselves, and there would be more productivity because sitting and doing nothing would not be appealing.
I'm so sorry to cut off my thoughts, but my baby is crying and I need to go take care of him. I probably won't have time to write any more before I'm starting the new book (The Chosen by Chaim Potok), so please share your thoughts.
The Page Traveler