When people think of Prince Edward Island, one of the first thing that comes to mind is Anne of Green Gables, the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. In movies, television, and musicals, Anne has been portrayed as a feisty, opinionated, and properly improper; that is, she was more mischievous than seriously troublesome. Perhaps it’s worthy of note that there are a number of Islanders who are rather tired of being identified by a fictional character, especially when some of us never enjoyed the stories in the first place.
MATTHEW: Well now, I don’t mean to seem uncharitable-like, but you see as how Marilla and me was expecting a boy.
ANNE: yeah well I expected to have an alabaster brow and raven tresses down to my tits by the time I turned fifteen but we don’t always get what we want, do we old man.
[MARILLA’s neighbor RACHEL LYNDE comes to call]
RACHEL: Well, Marilla. I can’t say I think she looks like much, but you always did know your own mind
ANNE [lights a cigarette]: funny I don’t recall asking you what you thought about a fucking thing
[MARILLA stands outside the bathroom door and knocks nervously]
MARILLA: Anne, are you all right? You’ve been in there for an hour. What are you doing in there?
ANNE [o/s]: I told you don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to
More slightly altered conversations on the page.
Oh, Anne, we hardly knew ye.