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Anne of Green Gables

  • Matthew talking Marilla into keeping Anne, and Marilla buckling down. But Matthew better not stick his oar in!
    • When Marilla asks, "What earthly good could she be to us?" Matthew quietly responds "I was thinking maybe we could be some good to her." LM Montgomery doesn't dwell on it, but in Avonlea, full of churchgoing Christians, many people are suspicious of the orphan Anne from who-knows-where. Matthew is demonstrating true Christian charity— though he would be the last person to try and draw attention to himself.
  • Oops, he does, by giving Anne her first pretty dress for Christmas. With puffed sleeves, no less! Especially heartwarming because Matthew is very retiring and shy, and is painfully out of his element in trying to order any kind of ladies' clothes, but persists in order to (with a bit of an assist from Mrs. Rachel Lynde) present Anne with what she later fondly looks back to as the first truly pretty clothes she ever owned.
    • Rachel Lynde's assistance here is also heartwarming. Matthew knows he wants Anne to have a pretty dress for Christmas, but has no clue how to accomplish it. He finally goes to Mrs. Lynde because she is the ONLY woman in town besides Marilla and Anne who Matthew can hold a conversation with (he's that shy). As soon as Mrs. Lynde understands what he wants she takes charge and makes it happen. She picks out a fabric and color that suits Anne's complexion, makes it herself (and likely sews it by hand) to the very latest fashion, and sends a matching hair ribbon as a gift to Anne from herself. She also comes up with a very diplomatic excuse to give Marilla of why she was the one to make the dress.
    • Rachel being nice to Anne after the latter apologises. Specifically she had mocked her for the red hair, not realising it was Anne's own personal Berserk Button. But she reassures the girl that she knows plenty of girls who had carrot red hair that turned beautiful auburn as they got older.
  • Gilbert leaving a candy heart on Anne's desk to apologize for the carrots incident.
    • In Anne of the Island, she has a necklace he gave her for Christmas (despite a friendship-ruining argument caused by his proposing marriage) that looks like a candy heart. In Anne of Ingleside she initially chooses to wear it to a party until a misunderstanding ensues.
  • Gilbert finding and keeping one of Anne's flowers that she lost at the concert.
  • Anne and Matthew's last conversation together.
    "I'd rather have you than a dozen boys, Anne. Just you remember that."
  • Anne deciding to stay at Green Gables and teach, because of Marilla going blind.
    • Gilbert then switching teaching jobs with Anne, so she can be closer to Green Gables to help Marilla.
  • Not entirely a moment, but Marilla coming to love Anne. If there is a moment here, then it is Marilla finally admitting her love to Anne.
  • The scene when Anne speaks with Diana's rich Aunt Josephine after they accidentally disturbed her in bed (by jumping on it, not knowing it was occupied). By the time Anne is through with her, that old woman is completely charmed by the girl and requests that Anne visit her because she is amusing, "And at her age, amusing people are a rarity."
  • The book ends with a scene between Anne and Gilbert, in which they resolve their difference (or rather, Anne does) and they become friends.
    • In "Anne's House of Dreams" they discuss this scene on the eve of their wedding. Gilbert confesses that "all heaven opened up" before him and that he was the happiest boy in the world as he left her at the gate of Green Gables.

Anne of Avonlea

  • Anne trying and then succeeding in getting through to Anthony Pye.
  • Marilla is discouraged because she can't get Davy Keith to behave, but Anne thinks there's still hope: "Remember how bad I was when I first came here." Even though Marilla spent much of the first novel reprimanding Anne for various things, she says now that Anne was never bad; granted, Anne got into plenty of scrapes, but her intentions were always good.

Anne of the Island

  • Chapter XVIII: Miss Josephine remembers the Anne-girl. Anne has some severe financial issues, and is contemplating taking a break from her college studies for further work, even though it would mean not graduating with her friends. Then she finds out that Diana's Aunt Josephine has died... and left 'the Anne-girl' a thousand dollars in her will - enough to finance the rest of her education.
    • Incidentally, depending on the chronology being used, this takes place round about 1885. Online inflation calculators don't go that far back for Canadian currency, but $1000 in 1885 American dollars turns into more than $20,000 today. Other sources say that college tuition was a few hundred a year back then.
  • Anne's Heroic BSoD after hearing that Gilbert was dying. Yes, it's cliche. Yes, the monologue where she realizes she was in love with him the whole time is trite. But darnit, seeing the usually-poised Miss Shirley, pride of Avonlea, brought down to a shambles by one slip of the tongue of a child just shows how masterful L.M. is at making us feel what the characters feel.
  • How about Gil finally getting the girl he patiently waited ten years for?
  • The poem at the opening of the book that foreshadows the above events from one of Anne's favourite poets, Tennyson.
    All precious things, discover'd late,
    To those that seek them issue forth,
    For love in sequel works with fate,
    And draws the veil from hidden worth.
    • It's one of the most heartwarming excepts ever (It's quoted from Tennyson's The Daydream) and so perfectly exemplifies Anne and Gilbert's relationship in this book.
  • Gilbert proposing to Anne for the second time, and Anne finally accepting. A few moments:
    • Anne choosing to wear a dress which Gilbert had admired on her earlier in the novel.
    • This piece of dialogue:
      Gilbert: But I'll have to ask you to wait a long time, Anne. It will be three years before I'll finish my medical course. And even then there will be no diamond sunbursts and marble halls.
      Anne: I don't want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want you.

Anne of Windy Poplars

  • Parts of Anne's letters to Gilbert are especially heartwarming.
  • The widows' and Rebecca Dew's sadness over Anne leaving Windy Poplars at the end of the three years.

Anne's House of Dreams

  • Anne and Gilbert's wedding.
  • When Anne and Gilbert arrive in their new home, Gilbert introduces Anne to Captain Jim. It's the first time he's introduced her as his wife to anyone, and he "narrowly escaped bursting with the pride of it."
  • Chapter dedicated to James Matthew's birth. Especially when Gilbert announces to Marilla (who has, understandably, been very nervous about this event) that Anne is doing fine after the delivery and that the baby is healthy: "He weighs ten pounds and — why, listen to him. Nothing wrong with his lungs, is there?"
    • That whole chapter is just full of hilariously adorable moments, mostly provided by the supporting characters. There is Anne's anger after being told Jem's hair will be red, Susan telling Anne and Gilbert that they needn't ever be ashamed of the baby's ears, outrageous stories about what/how families in the Glen named their children, and Miss Cornelia's story about her brother—she had always wanted a brother and eventually got one, but was horribly disappointed to find it was a younger brother; she'd wanted a brother two years older than her.

Anne of Ingleside

  • 7 years old Walter walking several miles alone in night to get to home, after he heard that his mother was dying. It turns that Anne was giving birth to Rilla.
  • Although Jem is named after Captain Jim Boyd, the captain died when Jem was a baby, so they didn't get to spend much time together. In a few passages from this book, Jem imagines becoming a sailor "like Captain Jim" and the last chapter mentions him reading The Life-Book of Captain Jim before bed. It's very heartwarming to realize that Jem has gotten to know the captain after all.

Rainbow Valley

  • Walter fighting a bully despite his pacifist nature, because the bully insulted Faith and his mother.

Rilla of Ingleside

  • Rilla taking in little Jims and caring for him for the rest of the war years. By the end she is reluctant to part with him as she's come to love him deeply.


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