* EscapistCharacter: As with many of her heroines, Montgomery seems to have written Valancy as WishFulfillment modeled after her own childhood under strict grandparents, but she manages to pull it off without making Valancy unsympathetic.
* TheWoobie: Valancy is so lonely and sad before she is [[spoiler:incorrectly]] diagnosed that you just want to give her a hug:
-->[[{{Tearjerker}} The only thing Valancy liked about her room was that she could be alone there at night to cry if she wanted to]].