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Gilbert Blythe from the Anne Of Green Gables book series by L.M. Montgomery who in my opinion, is one of the most endearing characters ever written. Ever since reading the Anne series, and watching the movie adaptation with 'Jonathan Crombie', I have been in love with Gilbert Blythe! I have always said that when I have a boyfriend, I will literally make him sit down and watch the Anne movies with me, so he knows my expectations! I adore the quote that says "never settle for anyone less than a Gilbert Blythe" because I agree 100%. Gilbert was intelligent, a gentleman, dreamy, kind, and dashing! He is the embodiment of the perfect man. He supports everyone around him and is a wonderful man inside and out. What isn't there to like?
Gilbert is introduced to us as a “tall boy with curly brown hair, roguish hazel eyes and a mouth twisted into a teasing smile.” His relationship with Anne starts when he calls her 'carrots' and Anne reacts by breaking a slate over his head. Despite his dreamy looks, and his profuse apologies, Anne refuses to ever speak to him ever again. Despite their relationships turbulent beginning, I found myself constantly longing for the moment they would profess their obvious romantic notions to each other. Here are all the reasons why you should forget Mr. Darcy, and dream about Gilbert instead. (Spoilers ahead!)
Gilbert always encouraged Anne's ambitions, and admired her intelligence which is unusual for a man of the early twentieth century. He was a feminist, and gave women the love and respect they deserved! He was also so persistent in his pursuit for Anne. He loved her dearly, and despite her constant rejection of his feelings he hoped to one day be “worthy of Anne’s friendship and perhaps some distant day her love.” One of my favourite Anne and Gilbert moments is when Anne and her friends are reenacting the poem Idylls of the King, and Anne playing the river maid, floats down the river in a dingy boat. Gilbert is her knight in shining armour and rescues her from her distress. Despite saving the day, she still doesn't give in to his charms. I don't know about you but I would have fallen in love right on the spot! What a dashing hero! He put her needs against his own, even though he knew that she didn't want anything to do with him. Watch the beautiful scene below:
One of the most agonising and sad chapters in book and movie history is of course Gilbert's first proposal to Anne, which she rejects and when she told him she doesn't love him my heart broke. Gilbert replied with “Friends! Your friendship can’t satisfy me, Anne. I want your love and you tell me I can never have that.” Ahh! Just thinking about that scene hurts my heart! What a romantic thing for him to say.
Anne finally realises her love for him when she finds out he has typhoid fever. "She loved Gilbert – had always loved him. 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.... But he would never know that she loved him, he would go away from this life thinking that she did not care." This moment breaks my heart every time! I truly felt for Anne. It is not easy to see someone you love so dearly in pain. When I thought that Gilbert was going to die, I could not stop crying! He was not only a kindred spirit, but my fictional husband!
The final scene of Anne Of The Island is pure bliss! It was the moment we had all been waiting for...
“I have a dream,” he (Gilbert) said slowly. “I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends – and you!”
“I asked you a question over two years ago, Anne. If I ask it again today, will you give me a different answer?”
Still Anne could not speak. But she lifted her eyes, shining with all the love-rapture of countless generations, and looked into his for a moment. He wanted no other answer.
“I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want you.”
Gilbert drew her close to him and kissed her. Then they walked home together in the dusk, crowned king and queen in the bridal realm of love, along winding paths fringed with the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed, and over haunted meadows where winds of hope and memory blew.
Ladies, right here is all the evidence you need that Gilbert is the ultimate romantic hero. Never settle for anyone less than Gilbert Blythe. He is intelligent, kind, gracious, persistent and a true gentleman. I adore him! I recommend watching 'Anne With An E' on Netflix. The series doesn't follow the books, but it gives the characters we all know and love another life. I will also add, that the new Gilbert is just as lovely as the original....