Anne Shirley arrived at Green Gables, 11 years old and without a friend in the world except Katie Maurice in the looking glass. But Anne was madefor friendship–Maud Montgomery said she had a “genius” for it–and when the lonely orphan is suddenly transplanted to a new world with Marilla and Matthew, we readers get to watch as she draws a sweet circle of friends around her throughout the Anne of Green Gablesseries.
She found her longed-for bosom friend in Diana Barry (“A what kind of friend?”asked Marilla. “A bosom friend–an intimate friend, you know–a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul.”), Avonlea friends Jane Andrews and Ruby Gillis, and what would Anne of the Islandbe without Priscilla Grant, Stella Maynard and Philipa Gordon? (And don’t forget her “beautiful comradeship” with Gilbert Blythe.)
Assume the best about people until proven otherwise. “A merch ant in Hopetown last winter donated three hundred yards of wincey to the asylum. Some people said it was because he couldn’t sell it, but I’d rather believe that it was out of the kindness of his heart,wouldn’t you?”
Be on the lookout for friends. “ I felt that [Matthew] was a kindred spirit as soon as I ever saw him.”