|Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Cynthia Hand|
If you’re a fan of Unearthly, it should come as no surprise that Cynthia Hand loves the Anne of Green Gables series. Tucker calls Clara “Carrots,” after all, which is what Gilbert Blythe called Miss Anne Shirley! Anne took this to be a torment, and only later discovered that Gilbert meant it affectionately–and that he only teased her because he liked her. Not unlike that other literary couple that we love.
When we asked Cynthia to tell us her favorite romantic book scene for our Literary Swoon feature, she made us tear up a little bit with her choice. If you’ve ever felt the agony and despair of recognizing a missed opportunity when it’s too late, you just may tear up, too.
(As always, please be aware that there will be a spoiler below.)
Cynthia Hand’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene
My favorite romantic scene is in Anne of the Island, from the Anne of Green Gables series.
I sniffle just thinking about it, where Anne thought Gilbert was dying. Sigh.
Anne stood quite silent and motionless, looking at Davy. Her face had gone so white that Marilla thought she was going to faint.
“Davy, hold your tongue,” said Mrs. Rachel angrily. “Anne, don’t look like that — don’t look like that! We didn’t mean to tell you so suddenly.”
“Is — it — true?” asked Anne in a voice that was not hers.
“Gilbert is very ill,” said Mrs. Lynde gravely. “He took down with typhoid fever just after you left for Echo Lodge. Did you never hear of it?”
“No,” said that unknown voice…
Anne gently put Mrs. Lynde’s arms away from her, walked blindly across the kitchen, through the hall, up the stairs to her old room. At its window she knelt down, staring out unseeingly. It was very dark. The rain was beating down over the shivering fields. The Haunted Woods was full of the groans of mighty trees wrung in the tempest, and the air throbbed with the thunderous crash of billows on the distant shore. And Gilbert was dying!
There is a book of Revelation in every one’s life, as there is in the Bible. Anne read hers that bitter night, as she kept her agonized vigil through the hours of storm and darkness. She loved Gilbert — had always loved him! She knew that now. She knew that she could no more cast him out of her life without agony than she could have cut off her right hand and cast it from her. And the knowledge had come too late — too late even for the bitter solace of being with him at the last. If she had not been so blind — so foolish — she would have had the right to go to him now. But he would never know that she loved him — he would go away from this life thinking that she did not care.
Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of Unearthly and Hallowed. If you missed our epic interview with her last month, you can read it here and here, or join the ongoing Hallowed discussion here! Keep up to date with Cynthia’s latest book and tour info via her blog, GoodReads, and Twitter. The third and final book in the Unearthly series will be out in 2013.
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