Hello once again! I’m back on this blustery, golden summer’s day to give you the promised second half of my favourite quotes from Jane of Lantern Hill. If you missed last week’s post, do check it out here!
I raved a fair bit about this delightful book on last week’s post; so to save you having to read my raptures again, let me just give you the summary of why you should read this book:
- Lucy Maud Montgomery (need I say more?).
- Vivid descriptions of the beauty of Prince Edward Island.
- A whole host of vibrantly detailed characters.
- Romance lost and found once again.
- Jane – in all her bright and very human glory.
- Lions and blooming gardens and jam pots and psalms by the sea…
Needless to say, this book is an absolute treat to read and I highly recommend it! Now, without further ado, let’s get into the second half of this book. 🙂
“He had the jolliest, shrewdest old face of wrinkled leather that Jane had ever seen, with deep-sunk eyes that were like wells of laughter.”
“He taught her the loveliness of words… Dad read words as if he tasted them.”
“‘We named the Jimmy John’s calves today. We called the pretty ones after people we like and the ugly ones after people we don’t like.'”
“She’d often wondered where it went to… that timid little red road, laced with firs and spruces, that tried to hide itself by twisting and turning. The air was full of the scent of sun-warmed grasses gone to seed, the trees talks all about her in some lost sweet language of elder days.”
“I didn’t want to see hate growing in the eyes where I had seen love. That is a terrible thing, Jane.”
“‘Oh how dear and human and girlish and queenly you are… half saint and have very womanly woman.’”
“The sound and the tang and the sweep of the sea would not let her go.”
“The Elms around 60 Gay turned a rusty yellow.”
“… a night of frost and stars…”
“No friendliness ever warmed the pale green fire of its eyes.”
“[Jane] writhed in a tearless agony no child should ever have to suffer.”
“The banners of a city of night were being flaunted in the sunset sky behind the pines further down. The gulls soared whitely up the river… Lights bloomed out in the houses.”
“‘I… I… didn’t think anything I loved could die,’ she whispered into Dad’s shoulder.
‘Ah, Jane, love can’t fence out death. He had a happy life, if a short one… and we buried him in the garden. Come out and see the garden, Jane… it burst into bloom as soon as it heard you were coming.'”
“Jane had a good time with herself on the walk back. The dear night brooded over her. Little wings were folded in nest homes, but there was wild life astir. She heard the distant bark of a fox… the sound of tiny feet in the fern… she saw the pale glimmer of night moths and took friendly counsel with the stars. Almost they sang, as if one star called to another in infinite harmony.”
“Aunt Elmira was not at all willing to give up the fascinating business of living.”
“’I’ve no chance of seeing it,’ said Mrs Louisa Lyons mournfully. ‘That’s what comes of being bed-rid. You miss everything.’
Mrs Louisa had been an invalid for three years and was reputed not to have put a foot under her without assistance in all that time, but it was not thought she missed much of what went on in the Corners and Queen’s Shore and Harbor Head for all that.”
“There was a wonderful sunset over the harbor, and Jane’s cheeks were red from the stinging kisses of the wind by the time she reached the narrow, perfumed Titus lane where the trees seemed trying to touch you. Beyond was the kind, old, welcoming house, mellowed in the sunshine of a hundred summers…”
“‘Life, deal gently with her… love, never desert her,’ said Andrew Stuart, looking after the Toronto train as it steamed away.”
“‘We had such fun together… reading poetry by driftwood fires down at the harbor… we always made a rite of lighting those fires… life was wonderful.’”
“Once Jane had thought the rain and the wind were friends of hers, but they seemed enemies now. Everything hurt her. Everything in her life seemed uprooted and withered.”
“Jane was trembling as she went up the rutted lane and across the yard, past the forlorn and muddy garden where the poppies had once trembled in silken delight…”
“They seemed to have drunk from some deep well of life, and the draught had made them young lovers again.”
“‘And now we will all go in search of ten lost years.’”
(In case you were wondering, I picked two quotes from the last chapter – I couldn’t help it!) So there you have it – a quoted/pictorial foray into the delight that is Jane of Lantern Hill. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading through this post. My hope is that your heart will be warmed and perhaps inspired to go read some LMM literature yourself! 😉
Which quote struck a chord with you in this post? Have you read any good literature recently? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
(All quotes in this post are taken from Jane of Lantern Hill, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. All pictures in this post are taken from Pinterest, and are not my own.)