This quote is from Rupert Brooke's 1907 poem, "The Song of the Pilgrims". Rupert Brooke was an English solider during the First World War who wrote a number of war sonnets before his death in April 1915. Anne's House of Dreams was published in 1917, two years after his death, while the war was still ongoing.
- "Mrs. Harmon Andrews told me when I came home that I wouldn't likely find married life as much better than teaching as I expected. Evidently Mrs. Harmon is of Hamlet's opinion that it may be better to bear the ills that we have than fly to others that we know not of."
- —Anne's House of Dreams (Chapter 1: In the Garret of Green Gables)[src]
Anne is referring to the famous "To Be or Not To Be" speech from Act III Scene I of William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
"Bingen on the Rhine" is mentioned again just before Anne's wedding, by Diana, when she and Anne are reminiscing.
Philippa is referring to Romans 8:28.
Anne is referring to chapter 10 of Adam Bede by George Eliot.
This is a reference to Robert Browning's poem, "In a Gondola".
This quote is from "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.
- "I never see a ship sailing out of the channel, or a gull soaring over the sand-bar, without wishing I were on board the ship or had wings, not like a dove "to fly away and be at rest", but like a gull, to sweep out into the very heart of a storm."
- —Anne's House of Dreams (Chapter 8: Miss Cornelia Bryant Comes to Call)[src]
Anne is quoting from Psalms 55:6: "And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest".
This quote is a reference to "The Solitary Reaper" by William Wordsworth.
This quote is taken from "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In the poem, Ulysses (known in Greek mythology as Odysseus) is now an old sailor and returned safely to his homeland of Ithaca, but is restless and discontent over the fact that his adventures have come to an end.
This quote is a reference to the poem, "The Hanging of the Crane", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Here Gilbert quotes from Act V Scene I of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
- "I have no respect for Robert Baxter. He turned Methodist just because the Presbyterian choir happened to be singing "Behold the bridegroom cometh" for a collection piece when him and Margaret walked up the aisle the Sunday after they were married."
- —Anne's House of Dreams (Chapter 15: Christmas at Four Winds)[src]
This is a reference to the hymn, "Behold the bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night", which was translated into English by Gerard Moultrie in 1864.
Here Anne quotes from Hebrews 11:1.
- "Speaking of heresy, reminds me, doctor – I've brought back that book you lent me – that Natural Law in the Spiritual World – I didn't read more'n a third of it. I can read sense, and I can read nonsense, but that book is neither one nor the other."
- —Anne's House of Dreams (Chapter 18: Spring Days)[src]
Gilbert had lent Cornelia Henry Drummond's 1883 religious book on natural science, Natural Law in the Spiritual World, which she evidently did not enjoy.
Susan Baker quotes from Job 1:21 when trying to comfort Anne over the loss of Joyce: "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord".
This quote is a reference to Psalms 23:4: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me".
Here Anne is referring to "Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a poem which states that a child who has died, has not really died, as they are waiting for their parents in Heaven.
Anne quotes from "The Lotos-Eaters" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The poem concerns Odysseus and his men who have nearly reached their destination of home, but, after being blown onto a mysterious island, become melancholic and philosophical as a result of eating lotoses, which send them into a dazed trance.
Here Anne is referring to the captain of the "Flying Dutchman"; a mythical ghost ship which is destined to sail the seas forever and, if sighted, is considered to be an omen of terrible doom. Thomas Moore's poem, "Written on passing Deadman's Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence" (1804), sets the location of the ship, significantly, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is also worth noting that Moore's poem appeared in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's collection, Poems of Places (1876-79); a collection edited by one of Montgomery's favourite poets.
Danaë, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of King Acrisius of Argos and mother to the hero Perseus by Zeus. King Polydectes of Seriphos attempted to woo the beautiful Danaë, who did not reciprocate his feelings. Polydectes agreed not to marry her on the condition that her son, Perseus, could kill the gorgon Medusa and bring back her head, which he did.
Here Anne quotes from "The Miller's Daughter" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Here Gilbert quotes from "Oenone" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson when arguing his case to Anne, to which she scoffs and responds: "That is so like a man".
Gilbert quotes from John 8:32 to back up his decision to inform Leslie of the operation and describes it as the 'greatest and grandest verse in the Bible', which Anne later concedes when Leslie is set free from her marriage as Dick is revealed to be, in fact, his cousin, George Moore.
This quote is a reference to "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
"The Truth Makes Free", the title of chapter 31, is another reference to John 8:32, where George Moore recovers his memory and Leslie learns that she is a widow and has been for a number of years.
This is another reference to "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which is used to foreshadow Captain Jim's death in the novel.
Susan is referring to the poem, "Man was Made to Mourn: A Dirge", by Robert Burns.
This quote is a reference to Matthew 6:28.
Captain Jim quotes from Robert Burns' poem, "Auld Lang Syne" (1788), at his last meeting with Anne and Leslie.
Gilbert utters these words, which also form the title of the chapter, to Anne upon discovering the body of Captain Jim one morning as a euphemism for his death. The reference is to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, "Crossing the Bar", which had been previously mentioned on two occasions.
- ↑ "The Song of the Pilgrims" by Rupert Brooke
- ↑ Hamlet (Act III Scene I) by William Shakespeare
- ↑ The King James Bible (Romans 8:28)
- ↑ Adam Bede by George Eliot
- ↑ "In a Gondola" by Robert Browning
- ↑ "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats
- ↑ The King James Bible (Psalms 55:6)
- ↑ "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" by Frances Crosby
- ↑ The King James Bible (Isaiah 55:1)
- ↑ "The Solitary Reaper" by William Wordsworth
- ↑ "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- ↑ "The Hanging of the Crane" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- ↑ The Merchant of Venice (Act V Scene I) by William Shakespeare
- ↑ "Behold the bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night" by Gerard Moultrie
- ↑ The King James Bible (Hebrews 11:1)
- ↑ Natural Science in the Natural World by Henry Drummond
- ↑ The King James Bible (Job 1:21)
- ↑ The King James Bible (Psalms 23:4)
- ↑ "Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- ↑ "The Lotos-Eaters" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- ↑ "Written on passing Deadman's Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence" by Thomas Moore
- ↑ "The Miller's Daughter" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- ↑ Julius Caesar (Act III Scene II) by William Shakespeare
- ↑ "Oenone" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- ↑ The King James Bible (John 8:32)
- ↑ "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- ↑ "Man was Made to Mourn: A Dirge" by Robert Burns
- ↑ The King James Bible (Matthew 6:28)
- ↑ "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns