As I’ve been reading Volume I of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s journals, I’ve been underlining quotes that I’ve found especially interesting, insightful, and fun. I’ve been sharing them on Facebook and Twitter but realized readers here might like to read them, too. Here’s a glimpse into Maud’s thoughts from ages fourteen to twenty. Be sure to return Monday, 25 February to discuss Volume I!
Miss Gordon looked rather blank. I think she had been expecting to hear that Nate and I broke all the ten commandments all at once every day.
I thought Jack was killed but when he picked himself up with a real live “cuss word” I concluded he wasn’t. But his face was all spattered with soot and he did look so funny.
(Very Anne-ish): Today I got a letter from home with some pressed flowers in it. It just seemed as if they spoke to me and whispered a lovely message of a far-off land where blue skies are bending over maple-crimsoned hills and spruce glens are still green and dim in their balsamic recesses.
Mustard a minister!! Oh Lordy–how it will sound–Rev. Mr. Mustard.
I must have some duck in my composition for I always love to be out in a rainstorm.
Grandpa stayed home to look after us all. He told the boys that they could fight the whole evening, if they wanted to. …Well and Dave were black and blue for a week but they had had the time of their lives. I’m sure they wished Grace Macneill could have got married nightly.
Books are a delightful world in themselves. Their characters seem as real to me as my friends of actual life.
Oh, I wonder if I shall ever be able to do anything worth while in the way of writing. It is my dearest ambition.
I may be teaching my pupils something but they are teaching me more — whole tomes of wisdom.
It is a regular fall rain now — a night wild enough to suit any novelist in search of suitable weather for a murder or elopement.
Well, my goodness! — or somebody else’s goodness if mine isn’t substantial enough!