* CrowningMomentOfFunny / CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Much of Valancy's initial rebellion and her family's reaction to it, topped off by a big reunion dinner at which Valancy finally and precisely deflates each member's stupid pomposity (and even more stupid puns) via a series of impeccably witty one-liners, for once leaving her beautiful Cousin Olive in her dust and everyone else completely stunned.
* 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]].