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Anne With An E: Season 3, Episode 7 “A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

Anne’s feminist manifesto causes great calamity, and amongst that chaos she somehow gains favor with one person and loses a friend.

Community Rating: 82.5% (19)


CBC, Netflix
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Kathryn Borel, Jr.
Air Date (CBC)11/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
HarmonDavid Ingram

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The Longevity Of The Family Business: Harmon, Prissy

With Billy likely to inherit the family business, Prissy worries for she knows her brother is rash, foolish, and isn’t well educated. I mean, how often do we even see him in school? So with her education and understanding of economics, she presses her father, Harmon Andrews, to have a larger part of the family business. Even if in the form of aiding Billy.

Harmon (David Ingram) talking about male desperation.

Harmon (David Ingram)

However, Harmon is old school, and with Anne’s article causing such a ruckus, it leads to those who like the status quo doubling down and digging in their heels.

Never Enough: Jerry, Anne, Diana

While Jerry and Diana get along, it is becoming clear to both things might not last. The problem with that is, Jerry thinks they won’t last because he thinks Diana finds him too simple. That, for kissing, he is perfect, but conversation? Not so much. He expresses this to Anne, and before knowing he is talking about Diana, she thinks he is talking about a horrible person. Making his reveal a shock.

One which leads to Anne confronting Diana and a nasty fight. Anne paints herself as not good enough and questions Diana’s friendship, and while Diana tries to defend herself, it is to no avail. Anne has painted her as someone using Jerry, and maybe her, until she rides off to her fated high-class life. The kind not made for common people like her and Jerry and the insult causes Diana to storm off and throw her half of their shared necklace to the ground.

A City Girl In A Small Minded Town: Matthew, Marilla, Muriel, Rachel, Anne, Josie, Gilbert

Anne's article talking about women having bodily autonomy.

Getting to the big to-do, Anne’s article, the whole town is in a stir. Why? Well, it is a town, not a city, as Muriel notes, so to present the progressive ideas of women having autonomy and all that means, if it isn’t lost on people it angers the men who benefit from women lacking autonomy. However, an unintended side effect of this is people associating the article with Josie, and this negatively affecting her to the point it may have ruined her reputation. Making it so, when Anne originally tries to apologize, she is slapped.

But, Anne being Anne, despite Josie’s assault, she persists. Which leads to quite a few problems. Mainly between the town council, Anne, Rachel, and Muriel. To begin, Rachel, while she understands her fellow council members being upset, doesn’t see the need for their drastic measures of censorship. Leading to her being hushed and her attempts to voice her opinion being considered acts of hysteria.

This leads to heavy-handed responses that upset Anne and many of the kids. All of which choose to blame Anne until Gilbert expertly breaks down Anne’s article in ways Muriel can’t for, lest we forget, she barely kept her job last season. So, between him breaking down Anne’s report, and reminding everyone what kind of person she is, when Anne comes up with a protest, everyone is down.

Anne noting others shouldn't dictate you're worth.

Well, except Diana, but she does gain Prissy and Josie to her side. Now, Prissy is understandable, for she is progressive, college-educated, and tired of the patriarchy plaguing her life. As for Josie? Well, time heals wounds and perhaps the wounds Josie was dealing with the most were the scars not only left by Billy but her mother as well. Specifically the idea her appearance was the root of her value, and with Anne, someone who she has always seen as trash having this sense of worth, she questions herself.

Thus leading to Josie showing up at the protest, with many members of the town, and embarrassing Rachel’s peers. Hence them taking away the printing press, as retribution. But the bigger problem might be one of the men who took the printing press from the school, dropping a cigar and not properly putting it out. Hinting to the possibility of a fire that could burn the schoolhouse down.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Sound journalism must defend the voiceless, not send them further into silence.
— Ms. Stacy

In order for big, new ideas to take hold, they must be carefully planned and flawlessly executed.
— Ms. Stacy

I’m loved now, but when I wasn’t, it didn’t mean I wasn’t worthy of it.
— Anne



Anne Sticking Up For Her Biggest Bully

When it comes to Josie, I don’t think she ever apologized to Anne about anything she has ever said about or to her. Yet, as Gilbert said, Anne, with the heart she has, will defend those who are by no means her friends. It is in her person, and we’ve seen her do this beyond just Josie. Heck, lest we forget, she saved Ruby’s home despite how she, and many others, saw her. Because of her, Minnie May’s fever was broken despite Diana’s parents thinking of her as too common for their child. There might be more examples, but I can’t think of them off-hand.

Gilbert Speaking For Anne

Gilbert sticking up for Anne.

While the show keeps teasing the two getting together, but then something comes up, like Anne remembering Winifred is in the picture this episode, you have to appreciate the connection. Specifically, Gilbert breaking down Anne’s article in a way Muriel can’t, and most of the town couldn’t fathom since their critical thinking skills are probably on the level of Jerry’s. If not, like Prissy’s sister, they enjoy their way of life so much they’d rather it not challenged.

Yet, as shown, when broken down into digestible bits, this up and coming generation gets it.

Prissy Trying To Save Her Family From Doom

Getting back to Prissy, since the dissolution of her engagement, she has been either MIA or just not worth noting, so for her to come so strongly this episode was a bit of a shock. Yet, it was also welcomed since she reminded you of the ego of men and how far they would take things to maintain their power. It seems clear to Harmon Billy doesn’t have the mind to run the family business, but he’d rather let him ruin it alone rather than partner with his sister. That spoke volumes and really pushes you to understand the BS women went through in the early 1900s.

Matthew & Marilla Fighting For Anne

While Matthew and Marilla often had to be on Anne’s side in uncomfortable situations, usually it is on a smaller scale. Be it sticking up for her against Rachel, or on many social occasions. This time things got political, and while Marilla doesn’t preach a conservative Christian doctrine as she used to, I’m sure that wasn’t undone just because of Anne.

Yet, whether she still holds such beliefs or not, her marching with Anne, helping with her protest, and even speaking out, I wouldn’t say it is jaw-dropping but it really pushes you not to think the old must die out for the status quo to end. The problem is, many of them, perhaps due to not having a connection to the generation coming up, are disengaged. Thus they don’t understand why people are calling for change nor understand it.

And mind you, being educated isn’t necessarily a huge part of it. Matthew understood, as Anne, Muriel, and Marilla were talking, that a man need not add to the conversation. That knowledge came from someone who not only dropped out of school but isn’t the sharpest tool in the box.

Matthew saying he believes the ladies in the room have enough from men.

How The Town Council Treated Rachel So Bad You Got Mad For Her

Generally, Rachel is usually a comment away from you rolling your eyes at her. After all, she fits into that category of how you can see white women being oppressed, yet still having a certain amount of power. The perfect example is the fact Rachel has a seat on the council, but has no say. So, when it comes to local indigenous populations, she uses what influence and power she has to make them feel less than as she often is made to feel.

In other words, since she is kicked in the face due to her position on the ladder, she makes to do the same to those below her. Yet, in this episode, seeing her dismissed and called hysterical had me heated in ways I never thought I could for her. Which really shows you how good at being nasty the guest actors were.

Josie Pushing Back Against What She Was Taught

While, thanks to Gilbert, many of the kids got reeducated, one could see that as mansplaining. So Josie seeking Anne’s take on why she can be the way she is despite her life, it meant more. For one of the things Anne has constantly had to fight against is not feeling worthy, passed around, and things of that nature. So for someone to listen to her, someone who once added to her pain, that means something.

Also, I think it opened the door for Josie to not focus on being better than someone else but a better person. To be someone worth more than her hair, her looks, and her body. That she doesn’t have to settle for someone like Billy and be miserable for the sake of her family. She deserves to like and love someone who won’t leave her out to dry unless she plays nice. As does everyone.

Anne Speech On Being Worthy

Piggybacking off that last comment, while we know Anne’s story, there is always something about when Anne talks about her life and troubles without the dramatics. For, as shown in the fight with Diana, when McNulty takes Anne’s passions too far, it becomes borderline silly. However, when she holds the reigns and expresses Anne’s thoughts and feelings, the power can’t be underestimated nor the content of the dialog.

On The Fence

Anne & Diana’s Fight Featuring Jerry

Diana noting she is tired of Anne's tale of woe.

I don’t know if it is because I expect them to reconcile before the finale or just things seemed to much like a soap opera to not find myself rolling my eyes at. Either way, Anne and Diana’s fight seemed necessary but in an obligatory way. Mostly due to, as someone recently said in the comments, Anne being the type of character who honestly does too much and doesn’t feel the full weight of the consequences. Never mind can often cry her way into getting what she wants and while you have to recognize crying is likely a defense mechanism, you can also understand why some get annoyed with Anne for as large as her vocabulary is, and mature she is in some ways, in others? Fully recognizing her trauma, there are times when you do wish she didn’t operate with a bit of a crutch in situations.

While The Right Point In History, Just About, Sometimes This Show Wanting To Be Progressive Seems A Bit Much

Anne With An E has always had an agenda to it. Which isn’t me complaining about that, but usually it is made to be subtle or mixed in so that it doesn’t overwhelm what has been going on. Take her friend working through seeing that he isn’t like other boys. With this episode theme of feminism and it hitting nearly every single storyline, as important as the topic is, it gave us the vibe of “On a special episode of Anne With An E.

Leading you to wonder, as the series goes on, will it approach topics more so on a soapbox than just ingraining them into the story?


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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 7 “A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good”Anne’s feminist manifesto causes great calamity, and amongst that chaos she somehow gains favor with one person and loses a friend.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Kathryn Borel, Jr.
Air Date (CBC)11/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
HarmonDavid Ingram
  • The Longevity Of The Family Business: Harmon, Prissy
  • Never Enough: Jerry, Anne, Diana
  • A City Girl In A Small Minded Town: Matthew, Marilla, Muriel, Rachel, Anne, Josie, Gilbert
Season 3, Episode 6 “The Summit of My Dreams”While love is in the air, some experience disappointment and another an outright scandal on this episode of Anne With An E.
Director(s)Norma Bailey
Writer(s)Amanda Fahey
Air Date (CBC)10/27/2019
Introduced This Episode
LyudmilaTheresa Tova
  • Making Mary Proud: Anne, Marilla, Matthew
  • Love & Disappointment: Anne, Gilbert, Winifred, Ruby, Moody, Charlie, Lyudmila, Rachel, Muriel, Matthew, Jerry, Diana
  • A Scandal Which Shall Not Be Swept Under The Rug: Billy, Josie, Anne
Season 3, Episode 5 “I Am Fearless And Therefore Powerful”Lack of sex education makes an upcoming dance tricky, as does Sebastian relying on two older women to take care of a child.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Naledi Jackson
Air Date (CBC)10/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
CharlieJacob Horsley
AlukBrandon Oakes
  • This Is Too Much: Rachel, Marilla, Sebastian
  • The Birds, The Bees, And Someone Being The Bee’s Knees: Charlie, Anne, Jerry, Diana, Ruby, Gilbert, Muriel
  • 4/6/1899: Gilbert, Sebastian, William, Eliza, Anne
Season 3, Episode 4 “A Hope of Meeting You in Another World”Family is a strong focus as Ka’kwet leaves hers, Anne discovers the fate of her biological family, and we meet Jerry’s alongside one of Rachel’s sons.
Director(s)Norma Bailey
Writer(s)Tracey Deer
Air Date (CBC)10/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
CalebKevin Forster
  • Love Is Not Quantifiable, And Therefore Not Finite: Muriel, Caleb, Rachel, Marilla, Anne, Ka’Kwet, Winifred, Gilbert, Sebastian, Matthew
  • Sometimes It Is Best To Lie Now And Apologize Later: Anne, Jerry, Diana
  • Love Heals Better Than Time: Sebastian, Elijah, Anne, Marilla
Season 3, Episode 3 “What Can Stop The Determined Heart”Devastating news comes to Avonlea but, luckily, the community comes together to help ease the pain. If just for a day or two.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Shernold Edwards
Air Date10/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
JocelynNicky Lawrence
ConstanceLisa Codrington
  • The Prejudice Is Strong: Josie, Rachel, Ka’kwet, Mary
  • A Deadly Diagnosis: Dr. Ward, Anne, Gilbert, Sebastian, Marilla, Matthew, Mary, Elijah, Jerry
  • Gather Together In My Name: Anne, Gilbert, Sebastian, Marilla, Matthew, Mary, Jocelyn, Constance, Rachel, Diana, Minnie May
Season 3, Episode 2 “There Is Something at Work In My Soul Which I Do Not Understand”Anne takes the first step to learning about her past, and it is a bit of a traumatic experience. As that happens, Elijah returns and Gilbert gains a crush.
Director(s)Kim Nguyen
Writer(s)Jane Maggs
Air Date9/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Winifred RoseAshleigh Stewart
Young AnneElizabeth Gnidash
  • Just Throw Until Something Sticks: Rachel, Muriel, Matthew
  • All Good Things Have To Be Ruined By Somebody: Elijah, Sebastian, Mary, Gilbert, Winifred
  • Shifting Through Trauma To Learn The Truth: Cole, Marilla, Matthew, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 10 “The Growing Good of the World” [Season Finale]The fate of Ms. Stacy, Sebastian’s relationship with Mary, Cole, and Gilbert deciding whether to stay or leave Avonlea is decided – with no cliffhangers.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date7/8/2018
Actors Introduced
ElijahAraya Megesha
  • Prepping For A Promising Future: Rachel, Marilla, Anne, Cole, Josephine, Diana, Ms. Stacy
  • The Town Hall Meeting: Ms. Stacy, Rachel, Marilla, Matthew, Gilbert, Anne
  • Honoring a Promise: Gilbert, Sebastian, Mary, Elijah, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 9 “What We Have Been Makes Us What We Are”In the new teacher, we see what could be Anne’s future. Including still not fitting in, being a bit of a trailblazer, and her best intentions making things a bit worse.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Muriel StacyJoanna Douglas
  • Meet Ms. Muriel Stacy: Anne, Ms. Stacy, Gilbert
  • Broken Promises: Gilbert, Mary, Sebastian
  • Sometimes The World Changes too Fast For People: Rachel, Cole, Anne, Marilla, Billy, Ms. Stacy
Season 2/ Episode 6 “Protest Against Any Absolute Conclusion”As Anne adjusts to her new haircut, we finally get to see Michael! Also, we get to understand, through Michael, why Matthew likes Anne so much.


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  • The Return of Gilbert and Arrival of Sebastian: Anne, Sebastian, Marilla, Gilbert
  • Preparing For Christmas: Anne, Gilbert, Cole, Billy, Rachel, Sebastian, Marilla, Matthew
  • Matthew Hits Center Stage: Michael, Anne, Rachel, Matthew
Season 2/ Episode 5 “The Determining Acts of Her Life”Being that Anne is a girl of a certain age, and obsessed with romantical things, the idea of a first kiss both intrigues and haunts her.
Director(s)Norma Bailey
Writer(s)Amanda Fahey
Air Date7/6/2018
  • Back in Avonlea: Gilbert, Sebastian
  • Oh To Be Beautiful & Desirable: Diana, Anne, Josie, Jerry, Billy, Marilla
  • A Friend Indeed, But Sometimes That’s Not Enough: Marilla, Cole, Diana, Josie, Billy, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 8 “Struggling Against the Perception of Facts”As we’re introduced to the Black part of Prince Edwards’ Island, Cole has a theory about Mr. Phillips and Marilla is clued in on what’s wrong.
Director(s)Amanda Tapping
Writer(s)Shernold Edwards
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
MaryCara Ricketts
Dr. WardBrian Paul
  • A White Wedding: Prissy, Mr. Phillips, Cole, Anne
  • A Trip To the Oculist: Marilla, Rachel, Sebastian, Gilbert, Matthew
  • You Gotta Find Your People: Sebastian, Gilbert, Dr. Ward, Mary
Season 2/ Episode 7 “Memory Has As Many Moods As the Temper”As Diana’s world gets shook, and Cole comes to a realization, we learn more about the aftermath of Michael’s death.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Jane Maggs
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Marilla’s MotherDelphine Roussel
Woman in Blue Top HatJoanne Boland
  • A Jealous Teacher: Gilbert, Mr. Phillips
  • Coping The Best Way I Can: Marilla, Matthew
  • There Is More Than One Way To Express Yourself: Aunt Josephine, Cole, Diana, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 4 “The Painful Eagerness of Unfed Hope”Alongside Gilbert finding direction for his life, Anne tries to push Matthew in one which may make him happier.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Jane Maggs
Air Date7/7/2018
Actors Introduced
RuthGreta Onieogou
  • Doctor Blythe: Ruth, Gilbert, Sebastian
  • A Time To Put Away Childish Antics: Mr. Barry, Mrs. Barry, Diana, Minnie May
  • Apologies For What Was and Wasn’t Done: Jeannie, Matthew, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 1 “Youth Is The Season of Hope” [Season Premiere]As we return to Green Gables, and Anne’s whimsy ways, the boarders begin their final act of trickery to con the entire town.
Director(s)Helen Shaver
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
SebastianDalmar Abuzeid
William BarryJonathan Holmes
  • A Boy With Options: Sebastian, Gilbert
  • And For A Time, It All Seemed Good: Anne, Marilla, Nate, Jerry, Matthew, Mr. Dunlop
  • Easy Money: Nate, Mr. Dunlop, Anne, William, Rachel
Season 2/ Episode 3 ” The True Seeing Is Within”After slipping and being messy for so long, finally people are catching onto Nate and Mr. Dunlop – but will they stop them before they run off with $1700?
Director(s)Ken Girotti
Writer(s)Kathryn Borel Jr.
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Malcolm FrostTom McCamus
  • Planting Roots: Mr. Dunlop, Nate
  • It’s Been 13 Years: Anne, Diana, Mr. Frost, Aunt Josephine
  • Never Underestimate Children’s Intuition: Jerry, Anne, Marilla, Mr. Barry, Matthew, Nate, Mr. Dunlop
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Signs are Small Measurable Things, but Interpretations are Illimitable”As gold fever continues throughout the town, Anne may have found a kindred spirit and Gilbert continues to have his eyes opened thanks to Sebastian.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Shernold Edwards
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
ColeCory Gruter-Andrew
HazelYanna McIntosh
  • What Can Happen Over The Course of a Harvest: Cole, Anne
  • Welcome to Trinidad: Sebastian, Hazel, Gilbert
  • The Gold Rush Doesn’t Hit All: Mr. Berry, Nate, Mr. Dunlop, Thomas, Mrs. Berry, Marilla, Matthew
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Wherever You Are is My Home” [Season Finale]Anne: Season 1 comes to what feels like an abrupt end that could leave you slightly uneasy about one of the storylines for season 2.
  • When The Weight Of The World Comes Crashing Down: Anne, Marilla, Matthew
  • The Kindness of Friends and Deceitful Acts of Strangers: Anne, Jerry, Marilla
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Remorse is the Poison of Life”For those wondering what life could have held for Marilla if it wasn’t for her brother’s death, this episode is for you.
  • The Heart Is a Longing Organ (Marilla)
  • Grief Is the Price of Love (Anne, Gilbert, and Ms. Josephine Barry [Deborah Grover])
  • Back Together Again (Anne and Diana)
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Tightly Knotted to a Similar String”Off the top of my head, I cannot think of another show which consistently has me smiling a goofy smile, laughing, and crying, from episode to episode. Hell, I can’t think of many movies that can do that without someone dying or someone going through something awful. Yet, somehow this show can make you cry simply out of seeing McNulty, as Anne, smile. So with having no knowledge of the source material, or past adaptations, I can only look toward McNulty as the reason for this being such a overwhelimg good program. I’d even argue it is better than This Is Us since it doesn’t try so hard.
  • Episode Focus: Young Love (Matthew, Marilla, Anne, Diana, and Gilbert)
Season 1/ Episode 4 “An Inward Treasure Born”With school becoming another place of torture, Anne avoids it at all costs. However, after a heroic deed forces one of her classmates to live with her, it seems she brings another person to #TeamAnne.
  • Episode Focus: Who Would Ever Want To Go To School? (Anne, Marilla, Jerry, Diana, Gilbert, and Ruby [Kyla Matthews])
Season 1/ Episode 3 “But What Is So Headstrong As Youth”There are a lot of firsts in this episode. Anne’s first day of school, perhaps the first boy to have a crush on her, and also there is even a first for Marilla as well. The first time she really thought about being a mum.
  • Episode Focus: A First Time For All Of Us (Anne & Marilla)
  • Subplot 1: You and Your Eavesdropping (Matthew, Jerry [Aymeric Jett Montaz], and Anne)
Season 1/ Episode 2 “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me”Anne continues to pull on your heart strings as she tries to find a place to call home for while her imagination is a wonderful place to escape, she needs somewhere to unlace her boots.
  • You Have Been Missed: (Anne, Marilla, Matthew, and Diana [Dalila Bela])
  • The Things Anne Always Wanted: (Anne, Matthew, and Marilla)
Season 3, Episode 1 “A Secret Which I Desired to Divine” [Series Premiere]Anne With An E returns and everyone’s favorite heroine, now with a stable home, is curious as to what life would have been like if her parents lived.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date9/22/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ka’kwetKiawento:io Tarbell
TillieGlenna Walters
BillyChristian Martyn
JaneLia Pappas-Kemps
MoodyJacob Ursomarzo
  • A New Year Means New Friends: Ka’kwet, Billy, Ruby, Anne, Gilbert
  • Settling In & Being Joyous: Marilla, Sebastian, Mary
  • To Look Forward, You Have To Know What’s Behind You: Anne, Marilla, Matthew, Tillie, Moody, Jerry, Jane, Diana, Mrs. Berry, Mr. Berry, Rachel, Ms. Stacy, Ruby
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” [Series Premiere]You ever see a description in which they note “Based off the classic […]” and you begin to think to yourself, “By whose standard?” If only because: A) You’ve never heard of it and B) You’ve read many a classic before which was shite? Well, strangely enough, Anne is more so an exception than following the rule of using the word “Classic” as a cheap marketing ploy. For truly, this adaptation allows you to understand why the source material is considered a classic.
While The Right Point In History, Just About, Sometimes This Show Wanting To Be Progressive Seems A Bit Much - 71%
Anne & Diana’s Fight Featuring Jerry - 70%
Anne Speech On Being Worthy - 89%
Josie Pushing Back Against What She Was Taught - 85%
How The Town Council Treated Rachel So Bad You Got Mad For Her - 83%
Matthew & Marilla Fighting For Anne - 82%
Prissy Trying To Save Her Family From Doom - 87%
Gilbert Speaking For Anne - 84%
Anne Sticking Up For Her Biggest Bully - 86%


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Sandali November 4, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The show inspires me believe in all the things that make communities whole- something as simple as saying hello or thank you to people you pass on the street or a cashier at the store. Even though I believed in these things before, I used to think of them as a chore, or be so self-concious about people’s responses that it felt like a chore, but seeing Anne and the people in Avonlea do such things so naturally and unselfconsciously, inspires me to do so too. Sometimes, it feels like because cities today are bigger and because life is more fast-paced and because we are so absorbed by our phones and technology, there isn’t as much warmth running through communities as a whole. Well, only sometimes though. Despite all these things, the spirit of community is always alive- all it takes is a warm gesture like a stranger genuinely holding the door or smiling, and it fills me with warmth, camaraderie and the spirit of community. I think the show depicts such a valuable example of the warmth that a community (even a global one) can be and become.

I don’t t feel like is too preachy because no matter the issue at hand, there is always a range of reactions from the different characters, and people are rarely vilified completely so much as it shows the characters’ attitudes and actions slowly changing over time. And Anne has always been a passionate, dramatic, idealistic, hot-headed, stubborn teenage girl. While she is portrayed as someone whose perspective is invaluable in Avonlea’s development, she’s never been portrayed as an unflawed person: she is constantly learning from the people around her, just as they are learning from her.

Vaudree November 4, 2019 - 2:35 AM

I liked what Anne said about believing that she was worthy of love even when she wasn’t loved – that only Josie can determine her own worth. That scene where she took out her curlers reminded me of the scene in Penelope where she broke the curse because she liked herself just the way she is.

Anne tends to see her and Jerry of the same class and to be looked down upon by the same people. To see Diana look down on Jerry is something she takes personally for that reason. Diana did mistreat Jerry. I think that she liked the freedom that she lacked in her life, then the romance, and then she grew tired of the relationship and was too much of a coward to break it off. It was always a bit unhealthy because Jerry was her dirty little secret, however, at the end, she started to find Jerry annoying because she was with him despite not wanting to be with him anymore. The interpretation of the book – English is Jerry’s second language and she tripped him up on purpose.

Diana was a coward with her parents, a coward with her friends when they were dissing Jerry (not wanting to be laughed at when they realised that she was his girlfriend). Diana was a coward when she was first friends with Anne, but got brave herself when Anne ran into the burning house. Diana told Jerry the rules just as she told Anne the rules when Anne first started school.

To patch things up with Anne, she needs to come clean with Jerry and also admit to her wrongdoing.

Amari Sali November 4, 2019 - 5:47 AM

I don’t know if I see Diana in such a harsh light. A coward she is, but I think her feelings for Jerry more so stemmed from an opposites attract thing. And while dismissive over his education, I think the optimistic part of me felt she still liked him regardless of his lack of education. It’s just Jerry expressing his insecurities when he did, much less to Anne, blew things up in the worst way possible.

Though, mind you, I do agree Diana needs to come clean and apologize to Anne and especially Jerry. Hopefully, in the process, rekindling things with him. It would stink that something that has been building up for years, just would get squashed like that.


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