Literature: Kilmeny of the Orchard
A novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables. A young man named Eric Marshall goes to teach a school on Prince Edward Island and meets Kilmeny, a mute girl who has perfect hearing. He sees her when he is walking in the woods and hears her playing the violin. He visits her a number of times and gradually falls in love with her.
This novel provides examples of:
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Kilmeny is very beautiful. And so painfully, perfectly good.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Eric and Kilmeny.
- Happily Ever After: Implied.
- In the Blood: Characters in the book are distrustful of Neil. His jealous and violent behaviour is attributed to his being the child of Italian parents, a view the author appears to endorse by making him the villain of the story. Could also be considered an example of Values Dissonance.
- Love at First Sight: Eric falls in love with Kilmeny the moment he sees her, which he discovers later during his...
- Love Epiphany
- Missing Mom: Eric's mother died when he was young. Kilmeny's mother passed away a few years before the story opens.
- Parental Abandonment: Neil's mother died when he was born, and his father abandoned him right after.
- Scenery Porn: Like all Montgomery's novels.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Kilmeny's mother felt this way.