Gilbert Blythe wasn’t used to putting himself out to make a girl look at him and meeting with failure. She SHOULD look at him, that red-haired Shirley girl with the little-pointed chin and the big eyes that weren’t like the eyes of any other girl in Avonlea school. Gilbert reached across the aisle, picked up the end of Anne’s long red braid, held it out at arm’s length and said in a piercing whisper: “Carrots! Carrots!” Then Anne looked at him with a vengeance! She did more than look. She sprang to her feet, her bright fancies fallen into cureless ruin. She flashed one indignant glance at Gilbert from eyes whose angry sparkle was swiftly quenched in equally angry tears. “You mean, hateful boy!” she exclaimed passionately. “How dare you!” And then—thwack! Anne had brought her slate down on Gilbert’s head and cracked it—slate not head—clear across. - Chapter 15 - A Tempest in the School Teapot
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe - The famous “Carrots” and slate scene.
but imagine reading the anne of green gables books when they first came out and hardcore shipping anne and gilbert and then anne of the island comes out and you’re frustrated af throughout a majority of the book and seeing anne swoon over that fuckboy roy is so painful but then gilbert almost dies and anne comes to her senses and IT HAPPNS and it’s like insane wish fulfillment and all those years of angst and slow burn were worth it like LM MONTGOMERY DID THAT™
The Anne and Gilbert rivalry is near and dear to fans of Anne of Green Gables. Here’s a little taste of the texture and tone of how this plays out in Anne the Series. Mild episode 5 spoilers, ahead…
Anne and Gilbert are up against one another in a Spelling Bee and are the final two contestants. The charming thing is when it’s Anne’s turn, Gilbert doesn’t look as though he’s hoping for her to fail. Instead, he’s quietly rooting for her to succeed. And when she indeed earns a genuine win, he’s sweet and gracious about it. Yet more layered acting from the young cast.
FIND SOMEONE WHO LOOKS AT YOU THE WAY GILBERT BLYTHE LOOKS AT ANNE SHIRLEY
#coming out on Netflix May 19 #Anne the series #Gilbert Blythe ladies and gents one of my OG crushes #and *whispers* they made his character even *better* in this series because instead of being cocky, hot-tempered, and lashing out at Anne when she treats him badly, he’s confident, even-tempered, and patient, and when she yells at him just sort of smiles and throws some banter back at her #I’m in love with this actor #charisma for *daysssss*