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This is the fifth book of the Anne of Green Gables Series. It was written in 1916 and published in 1917. It followed Anne and Gilbert’s married life in Glen St. Mary, a village in Four Winds Harbor, where Gilbert practices medicine. Living in the House of Dreams, the two met another set of interesting and unforgettable characters in the series.
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Key Facts & Information
THE LIFE OF LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY
- After her grandmother’s death, whom she took care of, Lucy Maud Montgomery was married to a Presbyterian minister, Ewan Macdonald, in 1911.
- After having rejected multiple marriage proposals, she eventually married at the age of 37.
- During her time, she believed it was a necessary choice for women in Canada to be married.
- They moved to Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada, where her husband had taken a position as a minister in St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
- She wrote her subsequent eleven books here. The Leaskdale Manse is now a museum
- Anne Shirley – now 25 years old and married to Gilbert Blythe. She decided that she is done with geometry and is ready to live a domestic life with Gilbert.
- Gilbert Blythe – a young doctor in Glen St. Mary. He and Anne start their married life in what they call the House of Dreams in Four Winds Harbor, Prince Edward Island.
- Captain Jim – keeper of the lighthouse, his real name is James Boyd.
- Due to his age, he is able to tell old stories about Four Winds. He owns a life book where he keeps these stories, hoping that his tales will never be forgotten.
- Ms. Cornelia Bryant – a conservative, a Presbyterian, and a man-hater. She always insults men and calls out what she perceivs as their bad habits. Despite her sharp tongue, she is kind and helpful, especially to the underprivileged.
- Leslie Moore – described as having beauty no one will forget. Despite this, she despises her beauty, as she thinks this is the reason for her suffering. She is married to a horrible man whom she is taking care of like a baby after an accident.
- Dick Moore – a cruel man who forces Leslie to marry him. Captain Jim brought him home after he has an accident, loses his memory, and now acts like a baby.
- Owen Ford – a handsome writer whom Leslie falls in love with while he rents a room in her house. He writes a book about Captain Jim’s life stories and is instrumental in granting Captain Jim’s wish.
- Marshall Elliott – the man who wins Ms. Cornelia Bryant’s heart. He is a Presbyterian and someone who will stand by what he said no matter what.
- Susan Baker – an all-round maid who Gilbert hires to help Anne around the house during the last months of her pregnancy with Joyce.
- The book starts with the anticipation of Anne and Gilbert’s wedding at Green Gables. We then follow their married life in Glen St. Mary, a village in Four Winds Harbor, where Gilbert finds a house surrounded by trees with a brook nearby.
- As a welcoming party, they meet Captain Jim, who is old enough to tell stories about the community, as well as the newlywed’s home.
- Ms. Cornelia Bryant visits the Blythes often and narrates stories about the people in Glen St. Mary. She also talks about the faith of Leslie Moore.
- Leslie is the beautiful woman who Anne saw while they were on their way to their house of dreams. She said Leslie’s was the prettiest face she had ever seen and one could never forget her beauty.
- It turns out that Leslie has a sorrowful life. Her family died, and she has been living a miserable life with her husband, whom she has to take care of like a baby.
- In June, Anne loses her first daughter, Joyce, at birth.
- A handsome young writer takes interest in boarding in Four Winds to write a novel, and Ms. Cornelia arranges for him to board at Moore’s house, where Leslie will be the landlady. This will allow Leslie to earn extra money.
- Owen Ford is immediately captivated by Leslie’s beauty and pities her circumstances. Anne, on the other hand, has an idea that Mr. Ford could write the life of Captain Jim. She arranges for Owen and Captain Jim to meet, and the latter loans Owen his life book.
- Owen is so in awe of his life book that he proposes to write a novel about it, to which Captain Jim excitedly consents.
- The arrangement Ms. Bryant made between Owen and Leslie results in the two falling in love with one another, but Leslie can not do anything about it, as she is married to Dick Moore. Owen leaves Four Winds, heartbroken but hopeful for the novel.
- Gilbert has been studying Dick Moore’s case and concludes that Dick can be brought back to his old self if he will undergo surgery. Anne is opposed to it, given Leslie’s suffering with Dick Moore while he is healthy. Gilbert, bound to his duty as a doctor, decides to tell Leslie to let her choose her next course of action.
- Leslie consents, and Dick is brought to Montreal to have an operation. When Leslie comes back, she reveals that the Dick Moore she had been taking care of is actually his cousin, George Moore. Their appearance is so similar that they were often mistaken with each other.
- A blessing occurs in the Blythe’s household. Anne gives birth to a healthy baby boy. They name him James Matthew and nicknamed him Jem.
- Owen Ford comes back with the novel about to be published and the possibility of having Leslie as his wife. Leslie’s life is turned upside down, and she is finally happy again.
- During one of Miss Cornelia Bryant’s visits, she also announces that she will be married to a Grit named Elliot Marshall.
- Captain Jim’s book is finally published, and he goes to the post office every day to see if they already have it. However, one morning, Capt Jim doesn’t come, so Anne and Leslie deliver the book to him. The next morning, the lighthouse is still transmitting light even after sunrise.
- Gilbert and Anne find Capt. Jim lying on the sofa, clutching the book in his hands. Anne almost believes that he was just asleep until Gilbert declares that he had passed away.
- Anne and Gilbert decides to buy a house in Glen St. Mary and move there with Jem and Susan Baker.
THEMES PRESENT IN ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
- Friendship is the central theme of the book. This book proves that friendship surpasses age, religion, political affinity, social status, and even tragedy.
- Anne’s house of dreams was the most tragic book in the series. This can be seen in Leslie’s loss of family and miserable marriage to Dick Moore.
- Captain Jim loses the love of his life and dies at the end. Anne and Gilbert’s firstborn daughter is claimed by death at birth.
- However, the sufferings of these characters are balanced out by the happy conclusion each character receives, as even Captain Jim, who died at the end, seemed to be content.
- Each main character has a storyline about their affairs (or lack thereof for Susan Baker).
- Leslie and Owen’s forbidden love at the beginning, which turns out to be legitimate after all, is one of the great surprises in the book, along with Ms. Cornelia Bryant’s announcement of her engagement despite her hatred for all men.
- Captain Jim tells the story of Old Margaret, his long lost love, whom he wants to be remembered by everyone.
- Of course, Anne and Gilbert, their domestic life, their conversations, even their quarrel is enough romance for someone who has been rooting for these two since book one.
- Almost all major characters suffer from the pain of a loved one’s death in this book. Aside from Anne and Gilbert’s firstborn and Leslie’s family, Captain Jim is the most notable one. His death is the calmest. Despite the sadness of losing him, Anne can’t help but be happy for him because he got what he wanted, and his stories will never be forgotten.
- The sense of duty is what drove Leslie to take care of her husband no matter how she suffered from him. Gilbert also feels that he has to tell Leslie about Dick Moore’s chance of recovery. Captain Jim writes a journal about the different stories that no one must forget. Sense of duty is a force for some storylines in the novel that move them into their satisfying ending.
- Leslie reveals that she is envious of Anne for being so happy and loved and for having things that Leslie can only wish to have. She wants to be her friend, but the lingering feeling of envy prevents her from being much closer to Anne.
- However, this envy floats away when Anne loses her first child, and Leslie feels that she can be more at ease with Anne now that she has experienced sorrow. “Your perfect happiness isn’t a barrier any longer,” Leslie said.
Anne’s House of Dreams Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Anne’s House of Dreams Facts
- The Race That Knows Joseph
- Leslie’s Life
- He Says, She Says
- Stories at Four Winds
- Knowing House of Dreams
- Words That Inspire
- Anne and Lucy
- Be Like Captain Jim
- House of Dreams Recap
- Your House of Dreams
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