Anne of the Island: Chapter XX -- Gilbert Speaks
I remember disliking Anne's letters to Gilbert, but I had forgotten why. that I wanted to read more about the relationship between Anne and Gilbert. And I can't help but think his frustration just might be a missed opportunity. The world needs people like me, Anne, just to amuse it. It would be a But grass was growing green in sheltered spots and Gilbert had found some pale, sweet arbutus in a hidden corner. He came up from the It will help me out next year.". I love Anne of Green Gables! Diana Barry: .. I just love the progression in Gil and Anne's relationship! .. And he still couldn't help but gaze at her lovingly.
Wally-Beckett looks at the story in retrospect, and adds elements that we can appreciate, but made no sense to the reader inas our society had two world wars, globalization, and the technological revolution between their knowledge and ours. But, it makes it easier for us to relate to the story today. I expect these changes will become more pronounced as the series progresses.
Then Gilbert Blythe, played by Lucas Jade Zumann, walked in, and I reevaluated my bias on all the story changes, small and large. As I had said before, Gilbert has always been the stumbling point in the story to me, too unbelievable for me to suspend belief.
Anne would likely never look toward Gilbert, and if she did, Gilbert would likely turn away from her. At the same time, there are certain aspects of him that have to stay the same, or he would not be a soulmate for Anne. I knew this storyline would have to change in just the right way, or I could never fully get into the show. As in the books, he is popular, and confidence. Unlike the books, he is also shown to be kind and noble. Instead, it is an honest desire to help, and an unawareness of the danger of nobility.
By the time Anne hits Gilbert with her slate, I actually like this Gilbert. He is aware that Anne is different from anyone he knows and is drawn to parts of Anne that others feel make her too different. He has picked up that Anne is having a hard time, but fails to understand exactly what this means for her.
Gilbert appears to genuinely want to be a friend to Anne. Yet he fails to understand what she needs, ignoring her signs to back off only because he is unfamiliar with these needs.
His frustration and lack of understanding leads him astray, not his arrogance. I want him to reverse course before it is too late. This being the story it is, he does not, and Anne pushes back physically, with force.
‘Anne with an E’ Redeems Gilbert Blythe and Green Gables
This scene may appear charming to you, with an odd mix of sexual tension for two young teens as well as a teacher and a student. A Reality Unkown to Most This spelling bee scene disarmed me, unhinged me, and took me back to over half a lifetime ago. Anne had physically set her boundaries. Gilbert, not being a complete idiot, respects the physical boundaries. However, he is still trying to reach her, trying to make amends. At the same time, when they are in the same room together, he gives her no space to breathe, taking her completely in with his eyes.
Zumann uses his eyes well in playing the part of Gilbert in this scene and in the series, which leads me to wonder if he has first-hand experience with this kind of situation. He takes in her body, mind, and soul, and leaves nowhere for her to hide. For her part, Anne interacts with Gilbert to the extent required by the social structure put around them, and no more. She offers him nothing, and will not offer him anything as long as he gives her no room to breathe.
It did not solve the Gilbert problem. You see, I know the natural end to this situation. It is impossible not to feel … something … when under that strong and persistent of a gaze, especially if you feel yourself an outcast, and therefore unworthy of that kind of attention.
But any appreciation of his attention will be mingled with resentment, for it feels that he is stealing who you are from you. To have the person you are growing into stolen from you before you can even become that person is something most people cannot relate to, but apparently, Walley-Beckett can relate and can get McNulty and Zumann act their parts so well that it made me feel that I was Anne, instead of simply watching or even just relating to her.
If Gilbert continues to steal looks at Anne every chance he gets, she will build a wall around him, and hide as much of herself from him as she can.
Further, she will never look at him or try to learn who he is behind those eyes. To do so would be to render herself even more vulnerable. This leads us back to my original problem with Gilbert. By the time there is any chance that Anne will even consider what Gilbert feels like, he will have moved on, still stealing looks, but no longer with the intense desire behind them for more.
By that point, she will have learned to build a wall so strong around her that all he will see is the outermost part of her soul, combined with the most broken parts she cannot hide from the constant gaze of his eyes.
Something has to happen, to pull his gaze off her not because of lack of interest, but because something else needs his attention. At the same time, something has to pull her attention to him that has nothing to do with his desire for her to look his way.
And this has to happen within months, not within years. This means going way off story as it was originally written. Fortunately, this happens, and it gives them the chance to start to learn how to interact with each other in a more balanced, give and take, way.
I look forward to finding out. Regardless of how well I liked the changes, each and every change served a purpose that enriched the world Anne lives in at least up to the season cliffhanger that has not played out yet.
It builds the story and makes the characters richer, either through giving them more backstory or facing truths that we like to ignore in our fairy tales. Fairy tales have their place, but in the end, it is better to have our stories connected with reality. In some ways, it shows what she put down over years ago, and we misread, even though it is updated for this century.
Looking deeper into some of the beliefs of the time, I am okay with this. Instead, I want here to make the choice that will make her most happy.
That is not to say I love all the changes made by Wally-Beckett, but that is to be expected. All in all, I can appreciate her take on things, especially in making them both more plausible, and more relevant to today. For example, I love her take on Katie Maurice, a character most people do not really understand.
Is Anne with an E Really Dark? They feel that there are scenes that are violent just for the sake of being violent, or it takes away from the magic of Anne. They feel Wally-Beckett added outside danger where it was unneeded, and in their rose colored glasses, unrealistic. I disagree on almost all counts.
We want to see people triumph against the odds, but we do not want the bad to be too bad. It also makes it harder for us to truly understand and help people if they need our help and act out because of the damage they have suffered. The long-term effects of it are as well. This, again, does not bug me. When a girl feels the need to set boundaries, she should not be concerned with being too forceful, she should be concerned with making clear what her space needs are.
This is not Breaking Bad, despite what some have written about it being so. Silas Sloane's barrens this very minute," she said rapturously. I'm going to visit with Phil in Bolingbroke before I go home. You'll be in Avonlea before I will. I've been offered a job in the Daily News office and I'm going to take it.
She wondered what a whole Avonlea summer would be like without Gilbert. Somehow she did not like the prospect. It will help me out next year. She wished desperately that Phil would come out. Isn't this a delightful evening?
Do you know, I found a cluster of white violets under that old twisted tree over there today? I felt as if I had discovered a gold mine. Things can't go on like this any longer. Anne, I love you. You know I do. I -- I can't tell you how much. Will you promise me that some day you'll be my wife? I do care a great deal for you as a friend. But I don't love you, Gilbert. You must never speak of this to me again. Gilbert's face was white to the lips. And his eyes -- but Anne shuddered and looked away.
There was nothing romantic about this. Must proposals be either grotesque or -- horrible? Could she ever forget Gilbert's face? And we must -- we must go on being friends, Gilbert. Your friendship can't satisfy me, Anne. I want your love -- and you tell me I can never have that. Forgive me, Gilbert," was all Anne could say. Where, oh, where were all the gracious and graceful speeches wherewith, in imagination, she had been wont to dismiss rejected suitors?
'Anne with an E' Redeems Gilbert Blythe and Green Gables - GeekMom
Gilbert released her hand gently. There have been times when I thought you did care. I've deceived myself, that's all. She felt as if something incalculably precious had gone out of her life. It was Gilbert's friendship, of course.
Oh, why must she lose it after this fashion? Anne did not answer. At that moment she wished Phil were a thousand miles away.
- Gilbert Blythe
- Anne and Gilbert After the Happy Ending
You are an idiot, Anne Shirley! You've tricked something out with your imagination that you think love, and you expect the real thing to look like that. There, that's the first sensible thing I've ever said in my life. I wonder how I managed it? My world has tumbled into pieces.