Wayne Curtis takes a closer look at the picturesque island that inspired L. M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables series.
The island, Anne said more than once, allowed “scope for the imagination,” which the orphan asylum assuredly did not. Most of the descriptive passages are rendered through Anne’s eyes, and she was enchanted by everything—from a farm lane overarched with apple blossoms, at the end of which a “painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle,” to the red sandstone cliffs along the shore, where “scrub firs, their spirits quite unbroken by long years of tussle with the gulf winds, grew thickly.”
The women in my family are all huge fans of the Anne books and movies. And I have to confess to a fondness for the simpler time and place enshrined there.